“… None of the Four ‘A’immah called people to follow his Math-hab (School of Jurisprudence), or obliged anyone else to act in accordance with it or with a specific Math-hab. They used to call people to follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, interpret Islaamic texts, set up the basic principles and discuss minor issues according to general guidelines.
They also used to issue Fataawaa concerning what people asked them about and substantiated their Fataawaa with evidence from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.
However, they did not oblige any of their students or anyone else to follow their views.
They criticized those who did so and said that their opinions should be cast aside if they went against an authentic Hadeeth.
One of them said: If the Hadeeth is Saheeh then this is my Math-hab.
Therefore, it is not obligatory upon everyone to follow a particular Math-hab, a person should do their best to learn the truth for themselves if possible.
They should seek the help of Allaah in doing so, then rely on the legacy that the earlier Muslim scholars left behind for those who came after them, through which they made it easier to understand and apply the texts.
Whoever can not derive rulings and deduce them from the texts for a reason that prevents them from doing so, should ask trustworthy scholars for whatever rulings of Sharee`ah they need, for
So, a person should do their best to ask someone who they trust among those who are well known for their knowledge, virtue, piety and righteousness.
Accordingly, it becomes well known that the Four ‘A’immah are innocent of the charges with which they were accused and that which is attributed to them in terms of Kufr and misguidance is nothing but falsehood and deception …”
Source: Al-Lajnah Al-Daa’imah, alifta.net