Salamun Alaykum We should not dive headlong into the texts ourselves and formulate our own opinions. However, we can also look to how the Imams arrived at a certain conclusion. Then depending on the flexability of our madhab, follow that. This is where the Shafa'i madhab interests me, because it allows what is commonly know as "mixing and matching". Although, before i quote the evidence, modern scholarship opines that this is with everything except the faraawid (the fards). Nuh Ha Mim Keller quotes from Ibn Hajar Haytami who said : “There are a number of states one may have in following the legal position of an Imam other than ones own, among them: (1) to believe that the other Imam’s position is stronger, in which case it is permissible to follow him in deference to what one believes to be the sounder position; (2) to believe that the position of one’s own Imam is stronger, or not to know which Imam has the stronger position on the question, in both of which cases it is permissible to follow the position of the other Imam whether or not one thereby intends to take the way that is religiously more precautionary...” this can be found on p. 871 of umdat us salik.