June 26, 2014



What is Bid’ah?

Innovation in Islam is the invention, creation or addition of any religious matter which was not originally found in Islam. It is not innovation in general life….like the invention of cars, planes,

electricity etc. For aspects of worship or ritualistic behaviors in Islam there must be something in the Quran or the Hadith to explain and confirm its practice.

Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “…and the best speech is theSpeech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad(peace be upon him), and the worst of all affairs are the newlyinvented matters (in the religion)” [Sahih Muslim]

Evidence against Bid’ah

Prophet Mohammad, (peace be upon him) says in this respect: “He whoinnovates something that is not in agreement with our matter(religion), will have it rejected.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning of the Quran that“This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favorupon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [Noble Quran5:4]

Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “…Verily he among youwho lives [long] will see great controversy, so you must keep to mySunnah and to the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Khalifahs – cling tothem stubbornly. Beware of newly invented matters, for every invented

matter is an innovation and every innovation is a going astray, andevery going astray is in Hell-fire.” [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi]


It is something that specifies doing something in a specific time,place or manner which does not have evidence to support it. Forexample fasting on the 15th of Sha’ban and the other rituals that go
along with it.


An example of evidence for other days of fasting …Messenger of Allahsaid: “Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for two years,the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of‘Ashura is an expiation for the year preceding it.” [Related by "thegroup," except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]


1) IGNORANCE – The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah does not erase knowledge (from earth) by erasing knowledge fromslaves (hearts). Rather, He erases knowledge through the death ofscholars. When He leaves (earth) without scholars, people will takethe ignorant as leaders (and scholars). They (the ignorant) will beasked and then give Fatawa without knowledge. Then, they will be lead,and will lead astray.” [Ahmad]

2) Following desires – Allah says: “But if they answer you not OMuhammad, then know that they only follow their own lusts. And who ismore astray then one who follows his own lust (desires) without theguidance from Allah” [Noble Quran 28:50]

“Have you seen him who takes his own desires as his god, and Allahknowing (him as such) left him astray, sealed his hearing and hisheart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him afterAllah.” [Noble Quran 45:23]


ALLAH said:

“Follow what Allah has sent down.” They say: “Nay! We shall followwhat we found our fathers following. Even though their fathers did notunderstand anything, nor were they guided.” [Noble Quran 2:170]

4) Imitating the disbelievers – Adopting their celebrations andpractices. An example in the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him)when the companions asked him to give them an “Anwar Tree” and Prophet(peace be upon him) said:

“Allahu Akbar! It is the Sunan (traditions of the Mushrikun). You saidby He Who has my soul in His Hand, what the children of Israel said toMoses: “Make for us gods as they have gods. He said:
‘Verily! You area people who know not.” [7:138] and he (peace be upon him) said: You will follow the traditions of those before you (Jews andChristians)” [at-Tirmidhi]

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