Is There Any Difference of Belief Between Hanafis and Malikis?

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Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I am Hanafi and I plan on taking a belief class that is taught by a Maliki. Is there any difference of belief between Hanafis and Malikis?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum

The Hanafi and Maliki schools are schools of law and not theology (aqida). Classically, scholars from the Hanafis and Maliki schools both follow the two orthodox Sunni theological schools of the Asharis and Maturidis. You should, therefore, see whether what is being taught is in accordance with these two schools.

For more on them, please see:

The Ash`aris & Maturidis: Standards of Mainstream Sunni Beliefs

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[Ustadh] Salman Younas

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Born and raised in New York, Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.


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