Correct me if I am wrong.
If this term is not in Shariah than why we are using this? adding/removing things in Shariah would be very heavy for us in the Hereafter, don't you agree brother?
Taqleed is not the only term used by the scholars. I told you the Usoolis all sorts of words to explain different concepts, such as Takhsees, Taqyeed...
Then the scholars have all sorts of words describing the levels of Hadith and its narrators, like Shadhdh, Da`eef Jiddan, Munkar, Mutawatir...
Then you have a subject called 'Tajweed'...
Where are all these words in the Shariah? Please tell us.
Like I told you, these are terminologies. One does not need Shar`i evidence for nomenclature. It is scholarly preference and scholarly tradition has been preserved like this.
but there is no such thing exists in Shariah than who are we to add stuff?
We are not 'adding' to the Shariah. It is nonsense to suggest that you have more knowledge than hundreds of past scholars. Where did your Deen come to you from? From the scholars for God sake. Do you think they conveyed knowledge to you so that you could correct them en masse?
Taqleed cannot be found in the whole Quran and the Sunnah.
What term do you use anyway? Ittiba`? Ittiba` has been used for the disbelievers in the Quran, who blindly followed their forefathers!
This word has been used for animals in the dictionary... "Insaan" (Manikind) is called as "Ashraful Makhluqat", how is it possible someone should label him/herself to donkeys and goats? I wonder.
You should wonder, because you are perhaps blindly following someone in this, and this the worst form of Taqleed. If you have actually picked up a classical dictionary in Arabic, you would have found this: Taj 'l-`Arus, under the word Qilaadah (root word of Taqleed):
والقلادة بالكسر، وإنما لم يضبطه اعتمادا على الشهرة خلافا لمن وهم فيه: ما جعل في العنق، يكون للإنسان والفرس والكلب والبدنة التي تهدى ونحوها. وقال الشهاب في العناية: ذهب بعض علماء اللغة إلى أن هيئة الكلمة قد تدل على معان مخصوصة، وإن لم تكن مشتقة نحو فعال، أي بالكسر إن لم تلحقه الهاء فهي اسم لما يجعل به الشيء كالآلة، كإمام وركاب وحزام، لما يؤتم به، ولما يركب به ولما يحزم ويشد به، فإن لحقته الهاء فهو اسم لما يشتمل على الشيء ويحيط به، كاللفافة والعمامة والقلادة. وهذا في غير المصادر، وأما فيها فقال أبو علي الفارسي في كتابه الحجة في سورة الكهف: فعالة، بالكسر. في المصادر، يجيء لما كان صنعة ومعنى متقلدا، كالكتابة والإمارة والخلافة والولاية، وما أشبه ذلك، وبالفتح في غيره. ومن أشهر الأمثال حسبك من القلادة ما أحاط بالعنق. وهو في مجمع الأمثال والمستقصى وغيرهما
See the underlined? It is for humans as well.
Basically, Qilaadah means anything that is placed over the neck. Doesn't matter whether it is the neck of a human or an animal. Who said it is specific to an animal!?
But anyways, why was the terms Qilaadah used anyway? That's a legitimate question. The answer is: a Muqallad (a horse who wins a race was in the ancient times given something to wear on the neck, i.e. Qilaadah), indicating that it is superior to others.
Similarly, the Imam who is followed is Muqallad
, as if he is ahead of all the people who follow him (Muqallid
, or linguistically those who - metaphorically - make the Imam wear something on his neck). So this is a metaphorical usage of the term (like all terminologies are), and it is this very meaning that the scholars have adopted in the context of the discussion on Taqleed.
This is how all terminologies were created, i.e. scholars tried to find a distinct term and saw some connection between the original dictionary meaning and the technical meaning for which they wanted to appoint a word for. This is how legal jargon is created.
If you insist on using the term Ittiba`, let yourself be advised that it is from the word Tabee`, a one-year-old calf (offspring of a cow), which follows its mother whether she goes - blindly.
Why people run away from the word Taqleed to Ittiba` have no idea. It is just terminology and legal jargon. But as they say in Arabic, فر من المطر وقام تحت الميزاب - he ran away from the rain, only to end up standing beneath a pipe through which water is gushing out! This is the parable of Taqleed and Ittiba`!