The answer to those who raise objections such as: What is the need to follow an Imam? Is it better to follow Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam or to follow Abu Hanifah, Malik, Shaafi`ee and Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahmatullaahi alayhim)? In reply to these objections Shaykh Muhammad `Awwaama writes: “We say to them: We are not pleased to have you as a substitute for these Imams, as they were more knowledgeable about Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam than you.” In fact, when we say “more knowledgeable” we do not mean to draw a comparison, because there is absolutely no comparison between you and them in knowledge. And it is our ardent desire to cling onto the way of Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam that drives us to follow their understanding of the pure Sunnah.” (Atharul Hadith al Sharif, pg. 101).
Source : The Shining Blades