[Mawlana Ashiq Ilahi Mirati writes,]
When writing a fatwa, Hadrat [Ml. Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri] would often check Shami. If [Allm. Shami] would report a view [of an authority], he would consider it evidence but if it was the opinion of the author, he would not consider it evidence [in of itself]. Rather, he would critically analyse and research. He would say, ‘we are of one time - they are men and we are men. His opinion is not evidence against us until his opinion is not supported by the view of the salaf’.