This monograph was originally an extempore in Urdu titled
'Taqleed Ki Shara'ee Hesiyat
('Taqleed's Position in Islam") and is presented here for the first time in theEnglish language. It is an exposition of the position amongst classical scholars to Taqleedin particular and the following of Madhab (legal school) in general.The author, Justice Taqi Uthmani, is a world-renowned scholar, an acknowledgedauthority in Fiqh, Ahadith, Tafseer and Islamic economics. He has authored numeroustitles on these topics in Arabic, Urdu and English. He is presently the deputy chairman for the Islamic Fiqh Academy (Jeddah), Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and chair of numerous Shari'ah supervisory boards for many banks throughout the Islamic world. Heis also the vice president of Darul Uloom, Karachi, where he presently lectures.Mohammed Amin KholwadiaDarul Qasim, Lombard, IL USATranslated on 14,h Rajab, 1419/ November 4 ,1998.