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Scholars consider istishab to be a valid independent source of Shari’ah,

Imam Malik, Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, most followers of the Shafi’i School and those of the Zahiri consider istishab to be a valid independent source of Shari’ah, Abu Hanifah and the majority of his followers did not consider it an independent source, asserting that just as there should be a textual proof for an issue in the past to be binding, there must be a textual proof for its continuity as well.

Abdul Wahab Khallaf, Masadir al-Tashri’ al-IslamiFima la Nass Fihi, Dar al-Qalam, Kuwait 1414, 6th edition, p.152


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