In the last century; a movement has appeared calling for the abandonment of the traditional schools of law [madhahib]. This misleading call; which scholars have termed Al-La Madhhabiyya; was presented as 'following the Quran and the Sunna' and caused much confusion amongst ordinary muslims. One of the sources for the spread of this innovation was a book written by Muhammad Sultan al-Ma'sumi al-Khajnadi al-Makki; which was translated and distributed to English and published as as 'Should a Muslim Follow a Particular Madhhab?' and 'The Blind Following of Madhhabs'. It was in response to this book; taught and revered by prominent opponents of the schools of law; that Shaykh al-Buti first wrote his ground breaking work.
Later editions of this work; the translation of which we have before us; included the aftermath of various debates Shaykh al-Buti was subsequently challenged to by his opponents and also incorporated counter-replies to the likes of Shaykh Nasir al-Din al-Albani; Muhammad 'Id `Abbasi; Mahmud Mahdi al-Istanbuli and Khayr al-Din Wanli. This book is a decisive refutation of those who call to the misguidance of abandoning the schools of law; for it is the most dangerous innovation threatening the Sacred Law.