suyuti is quoted from his kawkab al-satiy and a snippet posted here: the link for screenshots is also posted. --- now, if one is interested in discussing this, i want them to mention what exactly they understood from this and post the relevant snippet. only then it is possible to comment, agree or disagree. just posting a clip without comment will not be of much use - because we don't know the position that is being advocated. i have posted the same screenshot here for convenience: kawkab al-satiy, suyuti, v2 p429: SECONDLY: is it obligatory for a common man or others who have not reached the level of mujtahid, to strictly follow one specific madh'ab among the madh'habs of mujtahidin? there are two opinions: 1 of 2: Yes. and this is validated in jam'a al-jawmiy; ilkiya said it was binding. and then one should not do it merely on whims and caprice, rather one should select a madh'hab that one think is more accurate (has stronger opinions, arjaH) or similar to others. 2 of 2: No. this was preferred by nawawi and he said: that which the proofs imply is that it is not necessary to strictly follow a madh'hab; rather one can ask whoever without being selective of dispensations (select only those opinions that have dispensations). probably, those who forbade (following any of the available opinions) did not give credence to a person's claim that they did not choose something only for concessions/dispensation. === Allah knows best.