What is Bidah(Innovation) in Islam?

The religion of  Islam was perfected and completed by Allah through Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam around fourteen hundered years ago. Every aspect of our religion was explained in the Quran and by the actions and sayings of Prophet Muhammad sallahu alayhe wasallam. All forms of worship were explained and all masnoon acts and deeds were explained and exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (s)

Allah All Mighty says in the Quran:

“Today I Have completed for you your religion and perfected my favor upon you and have chosen Islam as your Religion”(Quran: 5:3)

After this is if anyone adds anything new to religion considering it to be a GOOD DEED and thinking that it will be a source of reward and coming closer to Allah then that good deed is a bidah – Innovation, in Islam which is forbidden and not accepted.

“The term ‘innovation’ means to invent or make something up. To understand the concept of innovation in Islam, one can imagine a glass of crystal clear water that is meant to quench thirst. Someone adds some colour to it with the intention of making it appear more appealing to the thirsty. Then, another person further adds some sugar to make it tastier. Would you still consider it to be a glass of pure water? Not quite. Now, what you have is an adulterated version of what was formerly water. This is the saga of Islam today. ”  (Boulder of Biddats-Hiba Magazine)

DEFINITION OF BIDAH-INNOVATION

“According to sharee’ah, the definition is ‘Worshipping Allaah in ways that Allaah has not prescribed.’ Or  ‘Worshipping Allaah in ways that are not those of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or his rightly guided successors (al-khulafaa’ al-raashidoon).

CHARACTERISTICS OF BIDAH

So to make it clear, a Bidah is something which  :

1. is An act of worship / a ritual / a religious deed which is not proven from the Quran or Authentic Sunnah

2. Is considered to be a good deed which is a part of Islam

3. Is considered to be source of reward (Ajr o sawab)

4. Apparently there appears to be no harm in doing it as it is a good deed.

5. Is turned into a ritual or general celebration and is considered to be an integral part of Islam.

6. Is sometimes based on weak or fabricated Hadiths which cannot be used as evidence.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • Obligatory Prayers are prescribed five times a day. If someone adds another time to it, e.g. 11:00 in the morning and calls is Midday prayer and says I pray six times a day as I want to get more reward- then that sixth prayer is a biddah as this was not done by Rasool Allah.
  • Obligatory and sunnah fajr prayer has two rakats. If someone says we should  pray 6 farz and 6 sunnah  to get more reward as praying as much is  a good deed then this ‘good deed’ is an innovation as Rasool Allah informed us to pray two units only. Two fard and two sunnahs.
  • If someone says, this is the day of Pact of Hudaibiyah, so we should celebrate it, fast on this day and do extra worship as this was such an important day for Rasool Allah and it was so important that it was mentioned in the Quran (Surah Fath) and Allah called it a Clear Victory However  this will be an innovation as Rasool Allah did not do any such thing or celebrate the anniversary of hudaibiyah even though it was mentioned in the Quran and was such an important day.
  • If someone says, this is the day of conquest of Makkah so we should thank Allah as this was such a great day for Rasool Allah and his companions so we should celebrate this day by praying and fasting and making and distributing sweet dishes… then this is an innovation. Why ? because neither our Prophet or his companions ever celebrated the anniversary of the conquest of Makkah- despite the fact it was such a great day for the Muslims!
  • If someone says this is the day of the victory of the battle of Badr, so we should all sit down and recite Quran and do a Quran Khwani to thank Allah for this victory as this was such an important day in the life of Rasool Allah… So clearly this will be an innovation….
  • The Jews said to ‘Umar, “You (i.e. Muslims) recite a Verse, and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken the day of its revelation as a day of celebration.(Al Maidah:3) ” ‘Umar said, “I know very well when and where it was revealed, and where Allah’s Apostle was when it was revealed. (It was revealed on) the day of Arafat (Hajj Day), and by Allah, I was at Arafat”(Bukhari) However as well all know, neither did our Prophet nor his companions took this day of the revelation of this verse as a celebration! If we take it as a celebration, it will be innovation!
  • Reading quran is considered a good deed but reading Quran in sajdah is forbidden . So if anyone says. No no reading Quran is a good deed so i can read it anywhere any time in any mannar i want. But this will be innovation .
  • Hijra of prophet(s.a.w) was a great event. The people of Madina rejoiced and welcomed him warmly and even sang talal badru alayne. So on each anniversary of Hijrah we should do the same! But no never did our Prophet nor his companions ever celebrated the anniversary of Hijrah in their life. If we do so, thinking it will be a good deed – it will be an innovation which will lead to fire.

So similarly there are many practices prevalent in the Muslim world, which are Innovations- Biddats. Some of them are mentioned below.( This list is not exhaustive)

  • Eid Milad un NabiBirthday of Prophet Muhammad s
  • Shab e Mairaj -The Night of Ascension and acts of worship associated to this day
  • Shab e Baraat and acts of worship associated to this day
  • Quran Khwani at death
  • Reading Kalimah on beads at death
  • Reading Surah Yasin a number of times after at the funeral
  • Teeja/Soyem -3rd day of death
  • Barsi-Death Anniversary
  • Chaleeswan – 40th day of death
  • Reading Naats at the body of the dead
  • Writing Kalima on the shroud
  • Reading innovated Durood and Duas
  • Making the Bride go under the Quran
  • Reciting Durood before the Adhan
  • Making congregational dua after every 5 times salah.
  • Speaking out the neah (intention) of salah  by saying e.g. , “I make intention of four rakat fard, for zuhr, for Allah, My face is facing the Qiblah, Allahu Akbar”
  • Reading the innovated dua of the neah (intention) at seher time for fasting.

If someone still prefers to indulge in these biddats saying there is no harm in it, then that means that a new Islam has been created as the original Islam was not good enough! And creating new forms of worships and celebrations means that when the wahi was being revealed Allah did not know that there was reward in this ‘innovated good deed’ (Naaozobillah)  or Allah forgot to tell his Prophet about it (Naaozobillah)   or that Rasool Allah did not understand the commandment (Naaozobillah)  or forgot to tell the ummah about this good deed(Naaozobillah)   or special day and it also means that the Sahaba –companions did  not fully understand the religion (Naaozobillah)   and neither did they fully implement it that is why we find no such actions from them.!! Obviously this is not true, therefore all innovated matters of religion must be abandoned.

Narrated Ibn Abbas: When the Prophet arrived at Medina, the Jews were observing the fast on ‘Ashura’ (10th of Muharram) and they said, “This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh,” On that, the Prophet said to his companions, “You (Muslims) have more right to Celebrate Moses’ victory than they have, so observe the fast on this day.” (Bukhari)

From this hadith it is very clear that Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam did not leave out ANYTHING in our religion. If some days were special he informed us about it and even suggested the form of worship in it.. like the 10th of Muharram – the day of Ashoora.

Also there is no such thing as Bidah e Hasana (Good Innovation) as Rasool Allah has clearly labelled every innovation as deviation! “Indeed every new thing is an innovation and every innovation is deviation and every deviation leads to fire” ( Sahih Jama Assabir)

Above statement says EVERY BIDDAH (including so called good and bad). Is there any such thing as good hell and a bad hell? A good fire or a bad fire?

People who quote Umar (r) and say that Taraveeh is a good innovation; they are greatly mistaken because the Taraveeh was performed by Rasool Allah (s) for two days in his last Ramadan. However he abandoned it because he was afraid that it may become obligatory. Taraveeh is a nafil (voluntary ) prayer and it is mansoon. It was not innovated by Umar (r) rather he only revived a forgotten Sunnah.

Narrated ‘Aisha, the mother of the faithful believers: One night Allah’s Apostle offered the prayer in the Mosque and the people followed him. The next night he also offered the prayer and too many people gathered. On the third and the fourth nights more people gathered, but Allah’s Apostle did not come out to them. In the morning he said, “I saw what you were doing and nothing but the fear that it (i.e. the prayer) might be made obligatory on you, stopped me from coming to you.” And that happened in the month of Ramadan. (Bukhari)

So taking any other day to be important and special like shab e mairaj , shab e baraat etc or making up new forms of worship Duas and acts and rituals about which Rasool Allah did not inform us or did himself  is clearly innovation –bidah which leads to fire.

BIDAH ANNIHIALATES TRUE SUNNAH

A famous taabiee (the generation after the companions) Hasan bin Atiyyah said : “No people introduced an innovation into  religion except that an equivalent sunnah is taken away from them” [Ad-Daarimee with saheh isnaad]

This is so true! People have given so much importance to certain innovated practices that the true sunnah has been pushed behind and forgotten.

People celebrate the innovated Shab-e-Baraat with great fervour and pray all night long but sadly the greatest night of all Shab e Qadr which can fall in any odd nights of Ramadan and which also includes chand raat is spent in traffic jams and malls for last minute shopping for Eid. People also neglect the true sunnah of Shabaan by focusing only on the 15th of Shabaan whereas the Prophet used to fast the most in the first fifteen days of Shabaan and forbade his Ummah from fasting from 15th onwards. And

BIDDAH IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN SINS

Sufyan ath-Thawree said: “Innovation is more pleasing to iblees than sin, since a person makes repentance from but does not repent from innovations!”

This is because he regards the innovation as being something good for which he receives reward from Allah and therefore will not repent from it, whereas he who commits a sin knows that it is wrong and Inshallah will repent from it.

So taking any other day to be important and special like shab e mairaj , shab e baraat etc or making up new forms of worship Duas and acts and rituals about which Rasool Allah did not inform us or did himself  is clearly innovation –bidah which leads to fire.

WARNINGS OF ALLAH

We should be aware of Allah’s warning that, “

O you who have believed, do not go beyond Allah and His Messenger but fear Allah . Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing.(Quran 49:1)

So is it other than the religion of Allah they desire??(Quran 3:83)

And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.(Quran 3:85)

It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error. (Quran 33:36)

WARNINGS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam AGAINST INNOVATIONS

“I urge you to adhere to my way (Sunnah) and the way of the rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-raashidoon) who come after me. Hold fast to it and bite onto it with your eyeteeth [i.e., cling firmly to it], and beware of newly-invented matters.”

“Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it will have it rejected.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

“Indeed every new thing is an innovation and every innovation is deviation and every deviation leads to fire” ( Sahih Jama Assabir)

Allah Tala does not accept the repentance of an innovator until he quits doing the innovated things.” (Sahih At Targhib wa Tarhib)

“I will be at my pond from before and some of you will be brought in front of me and then they will be removed from in front of me. So I will ask  Oh My Lord, these are my people! But I will be told; you don’t know about the new things they innovated after you” (Bukhari)

“The person who innovated something new in our religion which is not a part of our religion ,will be shunned and rejected .” (Bukhari)

CELEBRATING NON-MUSLIM FESTIVALS

Celebrating Non-Muslim Festivals is also not allowed in Islam as it comes under following the Kuffar as Prophet Muhammad s has said:

Narrated By Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri : The Prophet said, “You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure(a kind of lizard), you would follow them.” We said, “O Allah’s Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians ?” He said, “Whom else?” (Bukhari: Vol 009, Book 092, Hadith 422.)

Narrated By Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, “The Hour will not be established till my followers copy the deeds of the previous nations and follow them very closely, span by span, and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch).” It was said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do you mean by those (nations) the Persians and the Romans?” The Prophet said, “Who can it be other than they?”

Some of them are:

  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Mother’s day, father’s day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Engagement
  • Mehendi
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Dewali
  • Basant
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41 thoughts on “What is Bidah(Innovation) in Islam?

  1. 1. What about istikhara?

    2. What about definition of Riba?
    (By going through the nine Quranic verses (2:275-280, 3:130, 4:161, 30:39) about riba, one sees that they prohibit riba in very strong language, but do not “define” it.

    3. What about the (previous?) ban for women on driving in Saudi Arabia? (of course even under purdah)

    4. What about head-to-toe burqa?

    Are these bidaahs, religious conjectures, or definite ordainments by Allah?

    • 1. The Dua of Istekhara is Masnoon and was taught by Rasool Allah (s). It is simply a dua to seek Allah’s help in making decisions.

      However asking others to do istekhara for us or going to istekhara centres or calling up TV to ask them for help in making a decision is NOT ISTEKHARA and such things are therefore biddahs.

      2. Definiton of riba is not an act of good deed – so how can it be biddah.

      3. driving is not an act of worship or a good deed so how can it be biddah.

      If you are asking a verdict whether women driving alone is according to Islam or not then that is another thing..

      4. Hijab is ordained by Allah! it is obligatory. There is no question of it being Masnoon or Bidah.

      • Please don’t talk about Istikhara as bidat because Istikhara is to seek Almighty Allah’s help as if we are going to start any work and we don’t know whether the outcome of that particular work will be beneficial or fruitful for us, in this way we seek Almighty’s help. Usually when marriage is going to get settled the bride’s or groom’s parents consult some Aalim for Istikhara. So don’t term Istikhara as Bidat. If some miscreant is doing wrong deeds by doing Istikhara that doesn’t mean Istikhara is BIDAT. Similarly marriage is a bonding which is allowed by Almighty Allah, in the film industry it has been observed that a couple is married today, but tomorrow or one week or one month later that couple got separated (means Talaq is done) that doesn’t mean marriage is a bad thing.

      • Assalam Aliekum
        Brother Zaigham,
        You’re absolutely right that Istikhara is not bidat. Only getting it done through someone else is Bidat, specially in the way it is done these days on TV in Pakistan.
        If a person does not know the way to do Istikhara, s/he can easily learn it. It’s simply a specific Dua that has to be done after praying two rak’ah nafl.
        Learning Istikhara will insha Allah help the person in using it more easily, as s/he wouldn’t have to take the pain to contact any alim when Istikhara is required, rather he can do it himself.
        Hope this clarifies the matter.
        Jazak Allah for reading through!

  2. after reading this it confuse me,if thats a true then what tableeghi jamat is doing also bidat ,when someone is born give adhan in new baby ear is also considered as bidat .20 rakat tarveeh ,complete Quran recitation in ramadan,supply food to masji..i can go on and on so many things all considered to be Bidat.

    • The tableeghi jamat does tableegh or dawah i.e inviting others to Islam and ordering good anf forbidding evil. The holy prophet himself did that and so did the sahaba…that is how islam reached us today…how can you say that it is bidat?! On the other hand it is the reponsibility of every muslim!

  3. Faiq you either didn’t read the article or didn’t understand it !
    And you mentioning Tableeghi Jamaat here doesn’t make any sense. Where in the article did the author say that Sunnah is anything the Tableeghi Jamaat does ?

  4. The tableeghi jamat does tableegh or dawah i.e inviting others to Islam and ordering good and forbidding evil. The Holy Prophet(S.A.W) himself did that and so did the sahaba…that is how islam reached us today…how can you say that it is bidat?! On the other hand it is the reponsibility of every muslim!

  5. Aren’t Lailatul Qadr and Shab e Baraat one and the same thing?and wat abt offering nafils on these nights?..biddah?

    • Assalam Aliekum,
      Lailatul Qadr is the night in which Quran was revealed to our sky, from Allah SWT. This is one of the odd nights in the last 10 nights of Ramadhan. Yes, we should offer nawafil salah on Lailatul Qadr.
      Since Shab e baraat has no basis in Islam, it’s better not to know about it 🙂

  6. In the light of your assertion about Bidat, Taraweeh in Ramzan is also Bidat, because our Holy Prophet (SAAWW) never ever said Taraweeh in Ramzan. Recitation of Quran is another thing. Taraweeh was started by Caliph Umar during his rule. Even during the rule of Caliph Abu Bakar no Muslim ever said Taraweeh. So dear Taraweeh is also Bidat. Please don’t say Taraweeh this year when Ramzan is started.

    • Some people claim that it was one of the Sunnahs of ‘Umar, and they base that on the fact that ‘Umar “commanded Ubayy ibn Ka’b and Tameem al-Daari to lead the people in praying eleven rak’ahs.” He went out the same night and saw the people praying, and he said, “What a good innovation this is.” This indicates that it had not previously been prescribed…

      But this opinion is da’eef (weak), and those who say this are ignoring the reports proven in al-Saheehayn and elsewhere, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “led his companions in praying for three nights, and on the third or fourth night he did not lead them, and he said: ‘I am afraid that it may be made obligatory upon you.’” This was narrated by al-Bukhaari (872). According to a version narrated by Muslim, “But I was afraid that prayer at night may be made obligatory upon you, and you would not be able to do it.” (1271). So it is proven that Taraaweeh is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the reason why he did not persist in it, which was the fear that it might become obligatory; he did not say that it is not prescribed. This fear no longer applied following the death of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), because when he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, the revelation ceased and there was no longer any concern that it might become obligatory. Once the fear that it might become obligatory was no longer present, because the revelation had ceased, then the reason for not doing it was also removed, and so it was restored to its position of being Sunnah.

      See al-Sharh al-Mumti’ by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol. 4, p. 78.

      It was narrated in al-Saheehayn from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would forgo doing something that he liked to do lest the people do it and it become obligatory upon them. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1060; Muslim, Salaat al-Musaafireen, 1174).

      Al-Nawawi said: This shows how kind he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was and how compassionate towards his ummah.

      So there is no basis for saying that Taraaweeh prayer is not part of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), rather it is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), but he forsook it for fear that it may be made obligatory upon his ummah. When he died, this concern no longer applied. Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) was distracted by the wars against the apostates and his reign was short, lasting only two years. When the reign of ‘Umar came and the Muslims became secure and victorious, he commanded the people to gather together for Taraaweeh prayers in Ramadaan, as they used to gather with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). All that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) did was to go back to that Sunnah and revive it. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

      Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
      URL: http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/21740/good%20innovation

  7. People should Fear Allah when they much such stupid statements as calling Taraweeh a Bid’ah

    The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi WaSallam “led his companions in praying for three nights, and on the third or fourth night he did not lead them, and he said: ‘I am afraid that it may be made obligatory upon you.’” This was narrated by al-Bukhaari (872). According to a version narrated by Muslim, “But I was afraid that prayer at night may be made obligatory upon you, and you would not be able to do it.” (1271). So it is proven that Taraaweeh is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi WaSallam. The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi WaSallam referred to the reason why he did not persist in it, which was the fear that it might become obligatory; he did not say that it is not prescribed.

    • My Dear Abdullah
      It is a fact that Holy Prophet’s age was 63 years at the time of leaving this world for good. So in these Precious 63 years Fasting was annouced when he moved from Makkah to Medina. Although he used to say prayer when he was in Makkah. Only once in the history Sahih Bokhari mentions that the Holy Prophet did read Prayer but it was not called Taraweeh, neither in the subsequent years did Holy Prophet try to say prayer like this, nor THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH asked the Holy Prophet to say prayer (like Taraweeh) in the holy month of Ramzan. This is common sense argument. So please don’t get bother we have to follow the teachings of Holy Prophet only if his Sahaba followed the teachings of Holy Prophet in their true spirit then we are made to follow otherwise……….. So dont get emotional when Taraweeh comes to your way.

      • I gave you the Hadith with reference Mr. Liar ! I am posting it again so read it if you can or else ask someone to do a translation for you to whatever language you understand.

        The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi WaSallam “led his companions in praying for three nights, and on the third or fourth night he did not lead them, and he said: ‘I am afraid that it may be made obligatory upon you.’” This was narrated by al-Bukhaari (872). According to a version narrated by Muslim, “But I was afraid that prayer at night may be made obligatory upon you, and you would not be able to do it.” (1271). So it is proven that Taraaweeh is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi WaSallam. The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alayhi WaSallam referred to the reason why he did not persist in it, which was the fear that it might become obligatory; he did not say that it is not prescribed.

  8. AoA Abdullah,

    With due respect, Hazrat Umer is on record in one of the Sahihs ( I am sorry I donot recall the name, but you can find it in Salath sections of the Sahihs) where he mentioned ‘What a beautiful bidah’ or the words to that effect ( again you can read them in the Sahih) after seeing a congregation of Muslims offering taraweeh prayers.

    Read for yourself and decide.

    • The reference people give for the validity of Bid’ah Hasana is usually Umar Ibn Al-Khattab’s statement on Taraweeh prayers. During his caliphate, Umar (may Allah pleased with him) saw people in the masjid praying Taraweeh separately or in different groups. He united them into one congregation under one Imam and said, “Ni’matu Bid’atu Hadhihi (What a good innovation this is!).” (Al-Bukhari, vol. 3, book 32, no. 228)
      On the face of it, it does seem to be confusing a little. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has warned several times that all types of Bid’ah are prohibited, and the great Sahabi Umar says something different?
      Firstly, what Umar did was not at all a Bid’ah; on the contrary, he revived a Sunnah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) led Taraweeh prayers for three nights during Ramadan. Each night the congregation increased in number. The fourth night, when many more had gathered, the Prophet (peace be upon him) intentionally did not come out to the masjid to lead the prayers. He explained following morning after Fajr prayer, “O people, by Allah, all praise is due to Him, I was not unaware of your presence last night, but I only feared that the night prayer (Qiyam) would become an obligation upon you, which you would be incapable of fulfilling.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim and others)
      The Prophet (peace be upon him) cited the reason: he feared that it may be made obligatory and then it would be difficult for his Ummah to fulfill it. That was the considerate nature of our Prophet (peace be upon him). However, after his death, this reason ceased to exist, as no more revelation would come down, the religion was complete and nothing else could be made obligatory or otherwise. So what Umar did was not an innovation, but a revival of the Sunnah.
      Secondly, scholars have explained that Umar did not mean the Bid’ah in Shariah terminology; he was only saying it in a literal sense. Remember that the word Bid’ah doesn’t necessarily mean the Bid’ah in religion. It’s an Arabic word, it can be used in different contexts, and Arabs do use it in different contexts, and that’s how all languages are. So, Umar’s reference is purely linguistic, meaning something new, but not ‘innovation in religion.’ (Refer to “A clarification of doubts regarding innovation” by Sheikh Saleh Al-Fowzan, extracted from his book Kitab Al-Tawheed)
      In conclusion, it is best to present some of the statements of our pious predecessors regarding Bid’ah, which makes the issue crystal clear:

      u Al-Irbad Bin Saireyah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I advise you to hear and obey, even if an African slave rules over you, and indeed whomsoever from you lives will see many differences, so hold firmly to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided caliphs after me; hold on to it with your molar teeth and beware of newly invented matters (in the religion). Verily every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is destined for the Fire.” (Sahih – Abu Dawood no. 4607, Al-Tirmidhi no. 2676, Ibn Majah no. 43-44, Ahmad 4/126)

      u Abdullah Bin Mas’ood said: “Follow and do not innovate, for you have been given what is sufficient and every innovation is misguidance.” (Reported by Abu Khaithamah in Kitabul- ‘llm, Sahih)

      u Abdullah Bin Umar said: “Every innovation is misguidance even if people regard it to be something good.” (Reported by Ad-Daarimee with an authentic transmission)

      u Imam Sufyan Ath-Thawri said, “Innovation is more beloved to Iblees than sin, since a person makes repentance of sin but does not repent from innovations (because he thinks Bid’ah is from the religion).” (Al-Laalikaa’ee in As-Sunnah, no.238)

      u Imam Malik said: “He who innovates something in Islam regarding it as something good has claimed that Muhammad has failed to deliver the Message which he was entrusted to do as Allah says:

      Today I have Perfected your Deen for you. (Qur’an, 5:3)

      Whatever was not Deen at the time of the Prophet cannot be considered to be a part of the Deen today.” (Reported by Ash-Shaatibee in AI-l’tisaam)

      • Jazak Allah Kahair, Brother Abdullah…. The Article is beautifully written with all point explained… May Allah give you Tons of Ajar for this….

  9. I will also request the admin to stop approving messages that are Excessively Stupid or promote lies against the Prophet and his companions. Or if you approve them, respond to them with proper evidences.

  10. Assalamualaikum:) I wana ask u something Mehendi is not forbidded in Islam. Like When we are going to marrid its 3 day and its Mehendi,Nikah and Chotary ore resepsion. Putting Mehendi is not Bidah. I wana ask about Jummah Mubarak. is Its bidah to say it ore mistake to say it?

    • Walaykum Salam,

      Putting mehendi on the hands is allowed in Islam… but the day of celebration called the ‘mehendi’ is not a part of Islam. When Prophet Muhammad s got married or when his daugther Fatima (r) got married.. there were two celebrations.. Nikah and Valima… no mehendi…

      The mehendi is put on my the bride as an adornment for her husband just like make up jewellery and nice clothes.. but mehendi day is not be celebrated where there is dancing music rasam e hina where the mehendi is put on the hands of the bride and the bridegroom..the finger of the bridegroom is held by the brides sisters.. all such things are haram

  11. Salam
    jazakallah khair brother for explaining this concept.I was looking for it all over the internet and got this link from google.Can you please explain me something.
    A person said to me there r 2 kinds ov biddah good one and bad one!and like giving adhaan on a loudspeaker is also biddah cus at da time of Prophel S.a.w there werent any loud speaker but becoz its done for the good cause its biddah hasana!

    This example seemed absurd to me but how do I explain to that person..how do i express dat dis example doesnt go for biddah?

    and plus above example is given by a great imam of sunni s..I dnt mean to be offensive for any imam whether sunni shia or wahabi but can u just xplain me how 2 clearify this to some one
    Jazakallah khair once again and good luck with your good work!

  12. I agree with the person who wrote this article that there cannot be good bidah but there is something that I cannot understand.

    The adhan for the fajar prayer was extended a little by the sahaba and if I didnt know that this was practised by the sahaba I would have deemed this to be a bidah although it clearly cannot be because the sahaba practised it. Can you please shed some light on this.

  13. Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi WaSallam said “Those of you who live after me will see great disagreement. You must then follow my Sunnah and that of the Rightly Guided Caliphs [i.e. Abu Bakr, `Umar ibn Al-Khattab, `Uthman ibn `Affan, and `Ali ibn Abi Talib]. Hold to it, and stick fast to it. Avoid novelties [in matters of religion], for every novelty is an innovation, and every innovation is an error. ” (Abu Dawud)

  14. All praises to d Almighty!
    Am indeed very happy to reach dis site as i think it’s a duty upon ol muslim bro n sis to know abt which is biddat!?
    Want to knw if saying Jummah Mubarak,is it biddat pls?
    Jazak Allah khair*

  15. never heard so much rubish about bida,- we all have experience modern travel which is a bida going to a mosque or going to hajj we use new inovations in islam,a car a plane, is a inovation this is not the problem rather making it a fars is (must do) celebrating a milad is not a fars but one can do it to express his love for the prophet (saw) there is nothing wrong with celabrating milad,what do people do at a milad we read darood o slaam,read nafals,read quran,read naats, so what is the problem, milad is the biggest blessing to mankind remember

    • The article is talking about Innovation in DEEN.. not innovation in technology. Innovation in Deen means.. doing some act of worship to gain REWARD from Allah

      Horses and camels were used before…cars planes trains are modern means of transportation.. no one rides a camel to gain ajr o sawab (reward) nor is it considered worship. so comparing use of modern technology to innovations in deen is simply illogical!

  16. As’salamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

    Alhamdulillah to found this site & I was so impress Masha’Allah….

    now i wanna ask you about saying ALLAH HAFIZ or KHUDA HAFIZ…? this phrases mostly used in Indian & pkistanian people… I almost 6 years here in Saudi Arabia and to tell the truth I never ever heard this words here although they are Arab people… It this words Bid’ah…? also why people greet everyone JUMU’AH MUBARAK..? I didn’t found a Hadith having this wishing words… Is it Bid’ah too..? may you response my question in here… I had saved this blog to my bookmarks bar to quickly check in the answers…

    may ALLAH bless you and your dearest family… Ameen!

  17. Asalamalaikum, can anyone please explain as mentioned in the article that “reading Quran in sajdah is forbidden”, what does this mean?

  18. asalam u alaikum !! jazakillah khair fr this article ❤
    i found this beautifully written but what should we do when we have grown up surrounded by all of these biddats 😦 where no one will listen to u when u tell them this..and yesss abt the greetings on friday..is it really a biddat too? i am nt sure about this..i see my religion has gotten lost among all such acts 😦 and tell about shab e barat and mairaj too !!

  19. What about talaq-e-tafweez? the delegated right of divorce given to a wife by husband. is this not innovation?As Allah Almighty has already discussed the matter of divorce in Quran, making man the one ‘holding the tie of the knot’. so why many of the ulema had invented this new thing? Is it not against the spirit of Quran and Islam? Even no authentic, clear hadith of Prophet Mohammad S.A.W., mention it.

  20. When once the matter is decided by Almighty Allah could human beings make ammendments in it by any means??

    It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.(Quran 33:36)

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