Originally Posted by Puck
i'd advise you to stop focusing on the madhabs or schools of jurisprudence and focus on islam itself. the latter refers to achieving peace within oneself and within one's community. one doesn't need schools of interpretation to achieve peace.
The Quran commands us "Ask the people of knowledge (devout ulama) if you don't know". The quran also asks a rhetorical question "Are those who don't know equal to those who know?"
Therfore, I would say one DOES
need "schools of jurisprudence" to practise Islam with knowledge and assurity to fulfill the aim which is success here and hereafter. Islam is a sophisticated way of life or a system and this has not come about without a methodology or a infra-stucrture!