Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
A person should always have confidence upon his seniors and refer to them when accomplishing any important task (which requires their guidance). It has been proven through experience that without referring to one’s seniors, the work one wishes to carry out will not be accomplished correctly.
It is for this reason that during the battle, we are commanded to appoint one leader and refer to him for all decisions. Similarly, in small matters, we should refer to our seniors and follow their guidance.
Nevertheless, in this regard, it is vital for one to refer to such a person for guidance who has the required knowledge, and is also one’s well-wisher.
(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 2/210)