“Whoever says Imaam (the Prophet) has stated it and he is not aware of what is in the books of Shari'a, then he may say it, for the Prophet has never said that.” (Ibn Taymiyya, Majmu' Fatawa, I, 72)
On the other hand, the majority opinion should never be enforced. Ibn Taymiyya believed in the ijtihad of the scholar to the extent that he did not hesitate to reject the consensus of the earlier jurists; when he concluded that it was wrong.
On issues which are not governed by Ikhtilaf; the opinions of all Muslims are the same. The authentic sayings of the Prophet (s) were the guiding principle for Ibn Taymiyya. Therefore, he believed that juristic opinions should be harmonized with the Sunnah.
“O well-versed one, you are free to choose for yourself, what you prefer to have in Islam: and you are free to consider what you prefer to have by way of regulation in Islam: and you are free to take such action as you wish to approve.” 827ec27edc