Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah.. I don't want to slander the imam of my masjid at all. I respect him and he has taught me a lot. He's a shafa'ee, and is teaching me shafa'e fiqh step by step, wa lillahi hamd. One thing he supports which is sort of a shock to me is, he says that we can take any opinion from any other school, when we want to. As long as it doesn't contradict a principle which would nullify let's say.. Your wudu, or Salah. For example, the Maliki madhab is known to have an easier ruling with regards to the Dog. I can take the maliki opinion when it comes to that. Or in salah al taraweeh, I can take the hanafi position of not reciting the Al Fatihah after the imam, in order to listen to the Quran being recited. Or a Hanafi can, take the shafi'i possition on the "Kafara" Which is when you break your fast intentionally , (with food) you don't have to fast 2 months consecutively... From listening to deobandi scholars/da3e's which got me interested in following a madhab in the first place, they said..... "If you take one opinion from another madhab, you need to take everything from that madhab" "Don't follow your desires" The argument of my imam was... Following your desires would be to take an opinion that a scholar may of said in absolute error. For example "passing wind doesn't break wudu" or...... "Anal intercourse is permissible" Like extreme cases... Because if you think about it... The claim of the madhabi's are.. "All madhabs are correct, they all have legitamate ijtihad that can be followed" So.. How can one stop me from taking opinions from any, when they are all correct? Of course relying on one is fine, and preferred, but when it comes down to certain situations which may cause discomfort, why not take the easy opinions? They are all within the shariah... So how can one tell you , that you can't ? What are your views?