There are roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. Out of that number, there are maybe, and this is a generous estimate, 100 million Muslims who belong to the Hanabli-Literalist school of thought. Waxaa soo haray, 1.5 billion, and according to your scholars, they are all bound for hell-fire for being "filthy mushriks, filthy rawaafidh, filthy innovators, etc"
The world has become a global village. International collaboration between different people with different faiths in science, technology, and education has become the norm and will only increase. And here are your scholars wallowing in centuries-old sectarian bullxaar: "Is it permissible to pray behind a person from a different mad'hab? Can I return the salaams of a person who hates the Ahlul Bayt? Who was more knowledgeable, Imam Hanbal or Imam Malik or Imam Hanifa or Imam Shaafici?"
Your scholars(hebel fowzaan, hebel muqbil, etc) need to grow the fuck up and see the Muslim Ummah as it is: diverse in thought, practice, and belief. Not as they wish it would be: a world where all men grow beards and all women are clad in black, and everybody bows down to the "Wulaat-al-Umoor" like Amiir Husni and Amiir Qaddafi"
Not to pick on Hanbalists alone, this religious "We are the only ones with the correct understanding" cockamamie can also be found among Sufis, Shia, and other Muslim groups. What is missing, and is sorely needed, is a sense of humility & tolerance and an understanding that what binds us together as Muslims is much stronger than what divides us. Shia and Sunni kill the shit out of each other in Ciiraaq & Shaam; Neocons go laughing all the way to the bank. Laughing at ignorant fools who are killing each other because once upon a time, a few thousands of years ago, a man named Mucaawiya the Usurper fought against another man named Ali the Imaam.
This "We are the only ones with the True and Pure Understanding" mentality is a curse, and as long as it continues, fueled by ignorance & sectarianism, we're gonna be played, divided, and conquered by those realists(regardless of belief) who aren't trippin' over some romantic vision of a world where all march in lockstep and speak in unison.
That utopic world never existed and never will exist and only fools, certified fools, will believe in it.
......meanwhile, in other developments, extraterrestrial life-forms were found on the planet Mars by the NASA rover Curiosity. Also found were massive deposits of uranium, iron ore, kryptonite, and adamantium
Shaykh Hebel Fowzaan from islamqa responded with a fatwa: "If these Martian accept the One and Only True Aqeedah of the Salaf, then we welcome them. But if these Martians have other belief-system, then it is forbidden to talk to them or even look at them because they are a fitna and may mislead impressionable youth into shirk-y Martian practices.
Fadhiilatu Shaykh, haathaa saa'il yas'al: Is it permissible to marry these Martians? A brother studying at Madeenah is addicted to Martian porn and he wants to cure that by getting married to a Martian woman.
Hebel Fowzaan: "If they accept the One and Only True Aqeedah of the Salaf, then, Nacam, but if they don't, then it is forbidden. Nacam."
Fadhiilatu Shaykh, another saa'il yas'al: What about the natural resources found on Mars? Shouldn't the Muslim Ummah be at the forefront of space exploration?
Hebel Fowzaan: "These are matters best left to the Wulaat-ul-Umoor who have decided that our mucaahad allies will give us what we need. These are minor dunya issues. We, the High Septon Council of the Ulema, are more concerned with saving these Martians from the bidca and misguidance of the innovators and the grave worshippers. Nacam."