Like many issues of the Deen, the time of Asr Salaat was resolved and settled fourteen centuries ago during the Khairul Quroon. The Four Math-habs (Hanafi, Maaliki, Shaafi and Hambali) have their Qur’aanic and Hadith proofs for their respective views and rulings on the various laws of the Shariah. The followers of the Four Math-habs which constitute the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah have been practising the teachings and tenets of Islam in accordance with the expositions of their respective Math-habs throughout the passage of Islam’s centuries in harmony, understanding and accepting the validity of the standpoints of all Math-habs.
In recent times there has developed a sect of misguided people called Salafis who have resolved to make unnecessary conflict and controversy a salient feature of their deviated mathhab. Teachings of the Math-habs which have been settled and accepted fourteen centuries ago have been unnecessarily and baselessly criticized and branded as being in conflict with the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Although the Salafis criticize all Four Math-habs in general, they have displayed considerable rancour and gorged out much invective for the Hanafi Math-hab in particular. Their main allegation against the Ahnaaf is that Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) and the Fuqaha of the Hanafi Math-hab issued rulings in conflict with the Hadith, which of course, has to be dismissed with contempt. The charge is utterly baseless.
Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa