Asking for Evidence for a fatwaa from a scholar

Is it appropriate for one seeking an Islamic ruling to request the evidence upon which it is based? 

The fifth question from Fatwa No. 6440

Q: Should one seeking a the legal decision ask the scholar for the evidence of the issue in question? Should they check the ruling’s authenticity through other scholars, or just follow it? Are they not considered blind followers if they just accept fatwas as merely imitating is prohibited?


A: All praise is due to Allah, Alone. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions.

If the inquirer is a student who is capable of understanding the evidence, they should ask and discuss the evidence with the scholar to be reassured and become well-acquainted with the ruling and the evidences; otherwise, they should seek the answer only.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!


Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ 


Member Member Deputy Chairman The Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz