Innovators in Islam: Say ‘Hello’ to Hellfire

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Today, everything is available online, and Muslims fall for anything- because of their lack of knowledge about Quran and Sunnah. This results in practicing rituals that were never practiced by the Prophet Muhammad (sa), or by his companions (rta). These practices are wrongly associated with Islam. If I even dare to mention all innovations that we see educated people practicing in the name of religion, people would declare war here. This extremism is also due to falling prey to Shaytan.

Muslims belonging to any sect have one thing in common, which joins all of them together in the end- Quran and Sunnah

. Anything out of it or in addition to it- has to be rejected by every single Muslim. We need to study Quran and Sunnah to correct our practices, and leave which are wrong.

The disbelievers of Quraish tribe in Prophet’s (sa) time didn’t accept Islam because they weren’t ready to leave the ways of their ancestors.

Today, we don’t want to leave the innovations that were introduced as part of Islam, and practiced by our ancestors.

Definition of Bid’ah – Innovation 

Bid’ah is a new thing, introduced to and made part of the Deen (Islam) that has no origin what so ever from the Quran or the Sunnah of RasulAllah (sa).

Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim write that there was some companions talking and the Prophet (sa) was listening. One of them said: ‘I will make prayers (Salah) all night long.’ The second said: ‘I will fast (Sawm) all the time.’ The third said: ‘I will never marry.’ When our Prophet  (sa) heard them say this, he said: ‘I am the most Allah (swt) conscious than any of you. I pray (Salah,) I fast (Sawm) as well, and I do marry women. And, who so turns his face from my Sunnah, cannot be of my Ummah’. (Mishkat, Muslim, Bukhari)

The reason why our Prophet (sa) stopped them from doing what they wanted to do was because it was against Sunnah (his way). Whatever we do which is against the way of our Prophets (sa) Sunnah is a Bid’ah Sayiah.

RasulAllah (sa) stated: “On the Day of Judgement, some people will come to me when I will be standing by Haudh-e-Kauser (Well). They will be grabbed and taken towards the Hellfire. I shall say: “These are my people,” but in reply I will be told: “These are the people who introduced innovations after you, so they are unbelievers.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Kitab-ul-Haudh)

A person once sent Salam to Abdullah Ibn Umar (rta) who replied: I do not accept his Salam, as this person has innovated by becoming Qadriyyah (A sect which does not believe in destiny) (Mishkat, Kitab-ul-Iman wa-al-Qadr, transmitted by Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

The above narration emphasizes upon the fact that Bid’ah is to hold such an Aqeedah which is in direct opposition to the Quran and Sunnah- i.e. to become Qadriyyah, Jabriyya etc.

RasulAllah (sa) stated: “Every innovation leads astray; and every creator of the astray goes in the Fire.” (Muslim)

An example of this Bid’ah is given by Hafidh Ibn Al-Qayyim who writes: ‘The one who denies the punishment of the grave is an innovator’. (Kitab-ur-Rooh)

Some people think that if they are just following someone else, as long as they themselves did not invent something, then their action is acceptable. This is not true; every person is responsible for being diligent in making sure their actions are correct. Emulating and following the Prophet (sa) is a Quranic obligation. Allah (swt), the Almighty says,

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad (sa) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21)

Hadeeth about innovation in Deen (Bid’ah)

و كل بدعة ضلالة، وكل ضلالة في النار

And every innovation (in Deen) is misguidance, and all misguidance is in the Hellfire.

ہر بدعت گمراہی ہے اور گمراہی کا انجام جہنم ہے۔

( Muslim)

No doubt, it is obligatory for the Muslim to be a follower of his Prophet (sa) in what he prescribed; and it is not permissible for him to go against him, or to introduce any innovation in the religion for any reason whatsoever.

It is Bid’ah if…..

It should be noted that differing from the way of the Prophet (sa) and falling into Bid‘ah may mean one of two things:

  1. Introducing an act of worship for which there is no basis in Islam, such as touching graves and seeking help from their occupants. The scholars call this real innovation (Al-Bid‘ah Al-Haqeeqah). This is that which was not prescribed at all.
  1. The act of worship may be originally prescribed in Islam, and what is contrary to the Sunnah may have to do with defining a certain time or place for it, or a certain number of times it is to be repeated, or the manner in which it is to be done or the reason for which it is to be done. This is called innovation by addition (Al-Bid‘ah Al-Idafiyah); it is not Bid‘ah unless it is done regularly and repeatedly. If it is done only once or twice without adhering to that, then it is not Bid‘ah, such as if people pray Qiyam (night prayer) in congregation (Jam‘ah) on some occasion, without thinking that there is any particular virtue in doing so.

Common innovations of today

Some commonly seen innovations in today’s world which are passed on by the ancestors to modern day Muslims:

  1. Putting Quran on brides head during her Rukhsati.
  2. Ceremony of putting Quran first thing in a new office
  3. Mourning for the deceased on the tenth or fortieth day after his death.
  4. Putting finger in the grave right after burial and reciting selected verses for his protection in the grave.
  5. Putting perfume, Zamzam and other things in the grave.
  6. Celebrating special nights that are or are not mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah, and believing it is part of Islam.
  7. Wearing amulets for protection.
  8. Sacrificing animals in the name of saints.
  9. Celebrating birthdays of Prophets or Saints.
  10. Making monuments on graves or making solid graves.
  11. Believing in the altered concept of Tawassul.
  12. Believing in the Sufi methodology, their Tarikat such as believing that Allah (swt) can only be approached with the help of a Sheikh (Na’uzu billah)
  13. Singing Qawali- thinking it is part of Islam.
  14. Doing Tasbeeh on pebbles, and stones alone, or in a group.
  15. Making additional conditions of Salah which were never part of Sunnah.

Sadly, the innovations are increasing and the tolerance is decreasing. We refuse to listen to anyone else, and want to stick to whatever we do without even trying to open the book of Quran and Sunnah. This is how stubborn we have become.

When it comes to Bid’ah- those who are involved in it that have to prove its authenticity from Quran or Sunnah, not the other way around

. But if some persist, then my proof for classifying all the above as Bid’ah is that we do not find any reference to these actions in the Quran or authentic Ahadeeth which is classified as Sahih.

 

Note: If there is any error in the above list, then it is from me and Shaytan. I ask Allah (swt) for forgiveness for the mistakes and sins that we know, and for those that we do not know. And I ask Allah (swt) for guidance, mercy, faith, and compassion for all of us. Ameen.

 

 

Caution: Innovations Ahead!

sunnah-bidahThe term Bid’ah literally means innovation. Many people have invented new practices in our religion, which neither Allah (swt) nor the messenger (sa) commanded us to act upon. As Muslims, it is necessary to believe that the Prophet Muhammad (sa) bought us the complete religion in its most perfect form.

As the Quran says, “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Al-Maidah 5:3)

This verse confirms that our religion Islam is complete, and does not require any additions or omissions from it. Islam is such an amazing religion that it teaches us how to behave in every situation of life- be it at a funeral, a wedding, visiting the sick or even in the bathroom. As Muslims, we believe that by following the Prophet (sa) in every aspect of life, we will be successful in this life and the hereafter because his lifestyle is that of moderation.

Unfortunately, many Muslims have innovated numerous practices in Islam that were neither done by the Prophet (sa) nor commanded by Allah (swt) in the Quran. By doing such an act, they imply a number of things. Did the Prophet (sa) fail in bringing us the complete religion? Was Allah’s (swt) religion not perfect for you that you had to make some additions to Islam? Is the Quran not accurate for Allah (swt) says that He has completed and perfected the religion? Please reflect upon these questions fellow Muslims because Allah (swt) is perfect, His system is perfect and there is no fault in whatever He has given and gives us.

Bid’ah is something:

  1. we consider a part of Islam,
  2. for which there is no evidence in the Quran or Sunnah,
  3. we believe we can get rewards from Allah (swt) for carrying out this practice.

This is a litmus test for identifying any practice that is a Bid’ah. So, whenever you do something that you consider a part of Islam, ask yourself, did the Prophet (sa) do this? Does Allah (swt) command us to do this?

Here are some practices we consider a part of Islam, but they are in fact Bid’ah!

-Offering Fatiha at the grave: The Prophet (sa) has never been recorded to have offered Fatiha at anyone’s grave. In fact, he indirectly prohibited it as shown by the following Hadeeth in which Aisha (ra) asked the Prophet (sa) what to say when she visited the graveyard. He replied to send Salam upon them and to pray for them. He did not tell her to recite Fatiha or any chapter of the Quran. It is prohibited to recite the Quran in graveyards for the Prophet (sa) said: “Do not make your houses graveyards, for verily Satan flees from the house in which Surah Al Baqarah is recited.” Thus, our houses should not resemble graveyards where no chapter from the Quran is read.

-Events such as the Birthday of the Prophet (sa) (Maulad-e-Nabi). Neither the Prophet (sa) nor the companions (rta) celebrated such an event in their lives. However, just to imitate the Christians, Muslims have started doing so. They celebrate Jesus’s (as) birthday on the 25th of December, so we should celebrate our Prophet’s (sa) birthday too, right? Other events such as Qul or mourning on the 3rd, 10th or 40th day of death have no roots in our religion.

List of Bid’ah

  1. Offering Fatiha at graves or reciting Quran there.
  2. Celebrating the Prophet’s (sa) Birthday
  3. Shab-e-Mairaj on the 27th of Rajab (night of ascension) or Shab-e-Barat on the 15th of Shaban.
  4. Mourning on the 3rd, 10th and 40th and the yearly anniversary of the deceased.

According to Hadeeth, only three things increase the deceased’s reward namely Sadaqah, knowledge they taught and pious children who make Dua for them.

  1. Placing the Quran over the bride’s head.
  2. Celebrating Urs (yearly festival of saints).
  3. Sacrificing animals in the name of saints or even the Prophet (sa). We should perform all acts of righteousness only in the name of Allah (swt). Practices such as cooking food, or sacrificing animals in the name of the Prophet (sa) or for him are forbidden.

The Quran says, “Say (O Muhammad (sa)): “Verily, my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, Jinns and all that exists).”(Al-Anam 6:162)

In Saheeh Muslim, it has been reported by Ali (ra) that the Prophet said: “Allah’s (swt) curse is upon the one who sacrifices to anything other than Allah (swt); Allah’s (swt) curse is upon the one who curses his own parents; Allah’s (swt) curse is upon the one who shelters an innovator; and Allah’s (swt) curse is upon the one who alters the landmarks.”

  1. Dowry (Jehez) given by women to men. This practice is not part of the Sunnah and has not been commanded by the Quran, but in fact, is a part of the Hindu culture and ours as well. Such a practice is highly disliked because it creates many obstacles for women trying to get married.
  1. Wearing good luck charms, talismans, amulets and the like. Good and bad only come from Allah (swt), and these objects have no power to change what Allah (swt) wants to happen. It is Shirk to believe that such objects can bring good, or prevent any bad from happening that Allah (swt) has already decreed. “And invoke not besides Allah, any that will neither profit you, nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers)”(Yunus 10:106)
  1. Building structures on graves.
  1. We should not sacrifice or pray to Allah (swt) where shirk is committed. The concept that   prayer is likely to be accepted at “Special places” such as graves of known or famous people is also wrong.
  1. Covering the head during call to prayer. There is no evidence that the female companions during the Prophet’s (sa) time did this. Also, the Adhan is not the recitation of Quran, but simply a call to prayer in the Arabic language.

Kindly, ponder upon these points and carry out research regarding these topics, as little knowledge is dangerous; hence, it is important not to follow others blindly. Rest Allah (swt) knows best!

Love the Most Loving

Valentine-Day1Allah (swt) has blessed us with a beautiful and powerful organ – our heart. We feel depressed, when we give the control of it to someone other than its Maker, Allah (swt). Very often, this ‘someone’ may use the cheesy, heart-melting phrase ‘I love you’ for using and abusing us.

When you let strangers enter the most private zone close to your inner self, be prepared for them to steal your inner peace and deprive your world of happiness. Young girls crave for the so-called ‘eternal love’ – they dream of a handsome prince, who would be ready to risk his life for making his sweetie happy. They need a pin of realism to burst their balloon of hope and fantasy. We are not focused, when we chase for the love of this Dunya and its inhabitants.

Our motto must be to attain success in the hereafter only. How can we deny the truth of Adam (as) and Hawwa (as)? They were sent to this Dunya as a punishment. We assume that hard times, ailment, financial crisis etc. are the only means, through which Allah (swt) tests us; however, Allah (swt) has sent us to this world for testing the righteous among us, who hold onto the lawful and abstain from the prohibited. It is not a place of eternal love, dance parties, red roses and heart-melting emotions that lie under the unlawful territory and decorum. The portrayal of Valentine’s Day love in media leads to wrath of Allah (swt).

In Islam, love is kept for the marriage only, when you give a portion of your heart to your spouse by the will of Allah (swt). Allah (swt) Himself blesses the hearts of the married couple with love and peace. However, we must remember that this love is just a Dunya version of what love can be – so do not hold high expectations for it. Likewise, the act of marriage in itself will not guarantee you happiness. The happiness that you long for knocks your door in the third part of every night, when your Maker, the Almighty, calls on you for granting your desires and for forgiving the ones, who ask for it.

Only the one, who is detached from his Creator, will give into celebrating Valentine’s Day, longing for that one red rose and a guy, who proposes by getting on his knees, surrounded by lavish presents, red hearts and that must-have teddy displaying the enslaving words of ‘I love you’.

There is no such thing as boyfriend.  Ponder on this, when he is not for Allah (swt), he can never be for His creation. Supplicate for the one, who abides by the law of Allah (swt) and asks for your hand in marriage. So on this February 14th, all the single ones take an oath to not to fall in these traps of abusive love. Instead, strive to fall in love with your Lord, the Most Loving. Be His and He will be all yours. Attaining His love is a magnificent profit by huge margin as:

  • He will not shun you.
  • His line is never busy.
  • He loves you more than the love of seventy mothers.
  • Nothing is parallel to His care.
  • He knows the unspoken words, too.
  • It is easy to please Him.
  • His love gives you inner peace and happiness, plus success of both worlds.
  • When He is by your side, nothing can shake you or cause you any harm.
  • He is the Lord of all and has the supreme authority. Everything lies under His command.

We strive extremely hard for pleasing people to gain benefits. Why not please the One, to Whom we belong? Let’s dye ourselves in the colour of His love; surely, no colour is better than that.

And the married ones, you do not need a specific day to express love and to adorn yourself in red. Your spouse’s love is given to you from the heaven. Cherish it and strengthen it every single day by getting closer to Allah (swt).

Pearls of Peace: An extract from Surah Kahf

surah_kahhfA journey for Allah (swt) – an inspiring story!

This Surah begins with the mention of some youth who lived under a tyrant leader. Because of their community’s deviance from the right path, the youth decided to leave them and sought refuge in a cave. Fearing their community and feeling lost, they prayed to Allah (swt), “(Remember) when the young men fled for refuge (from their disbelieving folk) to the Cave, they said: Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!” (Al-Kahf 18:10)

And Allah (swt) answered their prayer and protected them by making them sleep for several years. One reason for losing one’s peace is being in the wrong company. We see people around us indulging in such acts that are contrary to the Quran and Sunnah, and we don’t see a way out for ourselves. In such moments, we should remind ourselves the story of these strong young men. They migrated for the sake of Allah (swt). Their migration was not for any worldly need, but to protect their Iman.

See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil

This is a powerful statement! Another stirring statement is: garbage in, garbage out. Our brains have the ability to instantly process everything that we come across. If we read or watch filth; that is what is going to come out of our mouth. We will no more be conscious of what words we are uttering or what actions we are doing. Consider for example, you pass by a Masjid and you see people entering in flocks. You have an urge to follow them. You enter the Masjid and you are spiritually uplifted. Now you are with your friends. They offer you a glass of alcohol and you refuse it. They insist you to have a sip. You refuse but they push you. You give in and take a sip. You begin enjoying your drink. What happens next? You are addicted.

A sincere advice

Change your company and reform yourself. Protect your eyes, mouth and ears. Avoid juicy stories and vice. This is why our Prophet (sa) taught us to ask Allah (swt) for beneficial knowledge and protection of our eyes and ears. The youth discussed in Surah Al-Kahf did not just distance themselves from the wrongdoing people but also made Dua. Never leave Dua. It is your connection with Allah (swt) via which you can ask Him for goodness.

It is a mercy of Allah (swt) that He has informed man of both, the truth and the falsehood. Mankind has been given a choice to follow whatever they desire, “And say: The truth is from your Lord. Then whosoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve.” (Al-Kahf 18:29) Beware these choices have consequences, “Verily, We have prepared for the Zalimun; a Fire whose walls will be surrounding them (disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah). And if they ask for help (relief, water, etc.) they will be granted water like boiling oil that will scald their faces. Terrible the drink, and an evil Murtafaqa (dwelling, resting place, etc.)!” (Al-Kahf 18:29)

Repentance – a way out!

While one is free to pick his path, he is not free to escape the punishment. Every action of man is being recorded in a book, “And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, ‘Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?’ And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.” (Al-Kahf 18:49) To save oneself from such an end, one must hasten to seek repentance. Because sincere repentance is the only thing that can wipe out our bad deeds. When you have shed sincere tears of repentance, compete to increase your good deeds. Don’t waste time; because we will be in need of a lot good deeds in the Hereafter. May Allah (swt) bless us with steadfastness in our repentance. Ameen.

How merciful is Allah (swt)?

Not only does Allah (swt) make us aware of the right and the wrong, but He is also willing to forgive our wrongdoings; if we turn to Him. Sadly how ungrateful is man- forever complaining and quarrelling, “And indeed We have put forth every kind of example in this Quran, for mankind. But, man is ever more quarrelsome than anything.” (Al-Kahf 18:54) We argue over Allah’s (swt) commands and Prophet’s (sa) tradition; showing disrespect and ingratitude to both of them. We should immediately surrender to the commands of Allah (swt) as soon as we learn about them.

Are we unintentionally ignoring Allah (swt)?

Allah (swt) tells us to come to the right path. But we turn away. “And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Ayat of his Lord, but turns away from them forgetting what (deeds) his hands have sent forth. Truly, We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this (the Quran), and in their ears, deafness. And if you (O Muhammad (sa)) call them to guidance, even then they will never be guided.” (Al-Kahf 18:57)

When a person chooses to ignore Allah (swt), then Allah (swt) too is not interested in guiding such a person. On the contrary, the one who loves Allah (swt); He opens his heart to comprehend the beneficial knowledge. Today, when one learns of a football match in his city or perhaps a lawn launch; we leave every other worldly task and run to be the first ones to stand in queue. But when call for prayer is given from the mosque and we are promised a greater reward for standing in the first row with the angels; we sit back and turn our attention to something else. How ungrateful man really is! May Allah (swt) make us of those who run towards doing good. May He not make us of those whose hearts have been sealed. Ameen.

Who is your child’s superhero?

Another sad reality is that our children, as young as seven and eight years old, know the names of the entire football or cricket team; but they don’t know the names of the Prophets and their Companions. These were the people who strove with their life and wealth to spread and protect Allah’s (swt) religion. These were the people who were given the glad tiding of Paradise, and we are not interested in learning about them.

A scary reminder!

Allah (swt) says, “Say (O Muhammad (sa)): Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds!” (Al-Kahf 18:103-104) What a scary reminder! The efforts of such a person are limited to the worldly life only and he has no concern for the Hereafter. When you invite such people to study Quran, learn one verse or a Dua, they come up with countless unnecessary tasks of this world.

While the game is on, we are at loss!

Whose loss will it be if we turn away from Allah (swt)? How many hours does a man spend at his job to get a salary at the end of the month? On average, we spend at least eight hours at work weekly. Then we get our pay cheque. We work approximately for 208 hours in a month like slaves to get that cheque. Allah (swt) offers us much greater reward; not only in this world, but an eternal life of bliss in the Hereafter. Unfortunately, we are too lethargic when it comes to obligatory prayers. How many times have we woken for Fajr before the call for prayer is even given? And how many times have we woken up at 3 a.m. without hitting the snooze button when a football match is on? Those who do wake up, they wake up to get done with it. Let us commit to fall in love with our prayer because we love Allah (swt), and we seek His love and His mercy.

The way we have messed up our priorities, shows how confused we are about our purpose in life. Not only are we confused about our purpose in life; but our worship too. We have strayed away from the path of Muhammad (sa) and invented our own ways of worship; which were neither taught by the Prophet (sa) nor practiced by his Companions (ra). The proponents of innovations say, “Say (O Muhammad (sa)): I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilah (God) is One AIlah (God i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” (Al-Kahf 18:110) Hold on to Quran and Sunnah and let not Shaytan deceive you.

(Adapted from Mufti Ismail Menk’s “Pearls of Peace” series, Cape Town, Ramadan 2013. The lecture can be listened to at this link.)

Most Beloved People to Allah – Al-Mutabaeun

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Adapted for Hiba Magazine by Tasneem Vali

“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allâh Then follow me (i.e. Accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur’ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Al-Imran 31)

 Ibn Kathīr explains this verse: “This verse gives a verdict in the case of anyone who claims to love God but does not follow the way of life laid down by Prophet Muhammad (sa). His very claim is an absolute lie unless he follows the Sunnah in all his actions and statements. This is endorsed by the authentic tradition of the Prophet (sa) which states: ‘Anyone who does something which is not in conformity with this matter of ours will have it rejected.’ ”

The dilemma here is that no one has an issue with loving Allah; the real test is to follow the Prophet (sa). The ayah makes a clear statement; Allah has connected following the Prophet (sa) as a condition to gain His love– so it is essential (in a way obligatory) to follow Prophet Muhammad (sa). The point is not to let your ego prevent you from gaining Allah’s love.

أَشْهَدُ أن لا إلٰهَ إلَّا الله وَأشْهَدُ أنَّ مُحَمَّدً أعَبْدُه وَرَسُوْلُه

I testify that there is no god but Allah and I testify that Prophet Muhammad is His messenger

 The testimony of a Muslim’s faith has two aspects, one is that we bear witness to the Unity of Allah; the other part is that we also acknowledge that Muhammad (sa) is His messenger. Thus, following the Prophet (sa) is a very important matter because Allah has connected His love to it; it is a matter of completing one’s faith.

How do we follow Prophet (sa)?

  • Following the Sunnah of the Prophet (sa)
  • Following the Prophet’s (sa) commands without any questions, any debate, any excuse– but do not follow anyone else blindly
  • React/behave the way he used to behave in certain situations; in all matters of worship and life

The Prophet (sa) was only a man, so why can we not question his authority/way? Very simple, because he never did anything in his life unless it was revelation from Allah, our goal is to worship Allah. This is achieved by following the Sunnah of the Prophet (sa).

What are some situations we follow the Prophet (sa) in?

Worship is divided into two categories: obligatory and recommended.

Allah mentions obligatory forms of worship in the Quran – Salah, Hajj, Zakat etc. but the correct way to perform them is shown by the Prophet’s (sa) Sunnah. Regarding these acts we must follow his way.

For the recommended acts, for e.g., the fast on 9 Dhul Hijjah, how Prophet (sa) slept, how he prayed Tahajjud prayer, how he ate, what dua he recited when he left his house, etc. It is suggested that we follow what Prophet (sa) did. The more you try to follow the Prophet (sa) – the more your rank with Allah is raised, and Allah’s love for you increases.

Allah mentions in the Quran: “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (Al-Ahzab 21).

Following the Prophet’s (sa) Sunnah is the fail-safe. Since we are just a follower, we will not invent something new, alien to the deen of Islam. If there is something Prophet Muhammad (sa) did not do – we should not do it. Allah has reminded us that in following the Prophet’s (sa) example we are safe and no one can possibly do more for Islam than what he has done, so don’t do anything unless you are sure he did it or endorsed it. Small deeds that follow the Prophet‘s (sa) Sunnah are more beloved to Allah than doing multiple acts of worship that are recommended by some scholar (away from the Sunnah).

When you follow the Sunnah, Allah will make your life easy for you, love you and forgive your sins. However, when you follow Bidat (innovations in deen) your life will become complicated and you will not be among those who Allah loves. All your hours of devotion and acts of worship will be wasted as they will not be acceptable to Allah.

“Every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance goes to hellfire.” (Muslim)

“Say (O Muhammad ): “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad).” but if they turn away, Then Allah does not like the disbelievers.” (Al Imran 3:32)

Allah says in this verse; those who don’t obey both [Allah and the Prophet (sa)] they are like the disbelievers and Allah does not love the disbelievers. Satan encourages people to innovate in religion and because it’s a matter of religion – extra prayer, extra dhikr –people are caught off guard that how can extra prayer be unacceptable to Allah?

Rewards for being among Al-Mutabaeun

  • Allah’s love
  • Guidance in this world and the Hereafter- to have a knowledge and act upon it (Hidayah)
  • Special mercy from Allah – makes your life smooth and easy; no difficulties
  • You will be among the successful (Al-Muflihoon): people who struggle in life and get the success in the Hereafter
  • You will accompany those people on whom Allah has bestowed His blessings, the Prophets, Messengers, the Martyrs, the Truthful ones, the righteous people etc.
  • Entry into Paradise

Sins cause us to feel guilty but Bidat  (innovations) do not leave a guilty feeling, so they are difficult to give up or recognize. May Allah protect us from all Bidat. Ameen.

Innovations in the Month of Shaban

sunnah-atau-bidahSome Muslims celebrate the middle of Shaban; they fast on that day and spend that night in prayer. There is a Hadeeth concerning that which is not saheeh; hence, the scholars regarded celebrating this day as an innovation (Bid ‘ah).

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salam al-Shuqayri said: Imam al-Fatni said in Tadhkirat al-Mawdoo‘at: Among the innovations that have been introduced on “Laylat an-Nusf”  (mid-Shaban) is al-Salat al-Alfiyyah, which is one hundred Rakahs in which Soorat al-Ikhlas is recited ten times in each rakah, offered in congregation; they pay more attention to this than to Friday and Eid prayers, although there is no report concerning it, except weak and fabricated reports.

Al-‘Iraqi said: The hadeeth about the prayer on Laylat al-Nisf (mid-Shaban) is false. Ibn al-Jawzi narrated it in al-Mawdoo‘at (which is a compilation of fabricated Ahadeeeth):

Chapter on the Hadeeth, prayer and supplication on Laylat al-Nisf:

The hadeeth, “When the night of ‘nisf Shaban’ (mid-Shaban) comes, spend the night in prayer and fast on that day” was narrated by Ibn Majah from ‘Ali. Muhashiyyah said: (It was also narrated) in al-Zawa’id. Its isnad is da‘eef (weak) because of the weakness of Ibn Abi Basrah, of whom Ahmad and Ibn Ma‘een said: He fabricates hadeeth. End quote.

Praying six Rakahs on Laylat al-Nisf with the intention of warding off calamity, having a long life and being independent of people, and reciting Surah Ya-Seen and offering Dua in between that – there is no doubt that this is something that has been introduced into the religion and is contrary to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sa).

The commentator on al-Ihya said: Our companions said: It is makrooh to gather on any of the nights mentioned in the Masajid or elsewhere. Al-Najm al-Ghayti said, describing spending the night of al-Nisf min Sh‘ban (mid-Shaban) praying in congregation: That was denounced by most of the scholars of the Hijaz, including Ata and Ibn Abi Mulaykah, the fuqaha of Madinah and the companions of Malik. They said: All of that is an innovation (Bidah) and there is no report to suggest that the Prophet (sa) spent that night in praying in congregation or that his companions did that either. Al-Nawawi said: The prayers of Rajab and Shaban are two reprehensible innovations. (Al-Sunan wal-Mubtadat, p. 144)

Some people use the word al-Shabaniyyah to refer to the last days of Shaban, and say, “These are the days of bidding farewell to food,” and they take advantage of these days to eat a lot before Ramadan begins. Some scholars say that this idea was originally taken from the Christians, who used to do that as their fasting period (Lent) approached.

To sum up, there is no celebration in Shaban and there is no special act of worship to be performed in the middle of it or during the last days of the month. Doing that is an innovation that has been introduced into the religion.

Adapted from http://islam-qa.com/en/ref/154850

Celebrating the Night of the Isra and Miraj on 27th Rajab

sunnah-atau-bidahBy Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz

Adapted and Summarized from a detailed Fatwa on islam-qa.com

There is no doubt that the Isra and Miraj (the Prophet’s night journey and ascent into heaven) are two great signs of Allah which point to the truthfulness of the His Messenger, Muhammad (sa), and the greatness of his status before Allah. They are also signs of the great power of Allah, and of His exalted position above His creation. Allah says:

“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” (al-Isra 17:1)

There are Mutawatir reports from the Messenger of Allah (sa) that he was taken up into the heavens, and their gates were opened for him, until he passed beyond the seventh heaven, where his Lord spoke to him as He willed, and enjoined the five daily prayers upon him.

With regard to this night on which the Isra and Miraj took place, there is nothing in sound Ahadeeth to indicate that it occurred in Rajab or in any other month. Everything that has been narrated concerning a specific date for these events cannot be proven to have come from the Prophet (sa) according to the scholars of Hadeeth.

Allah has wise reasons for causing the people to forget it. Even if the date was proven, it would not be permissible for the Muslims to single it out for particular acts of worship, and it is not permissible for them to celebrate it, because the Prophet (sa) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) did not celebrate it and they did not single it out in any way. If celebrating it was something that is prescribed in Islam, the Messenger (sa) would have told his Ummah about that, either in word or in deed.

Since no such thing happened, it is known that celebrating it and venerating it is not part of Islam at all. Allah has perfected this Ummah’s religion for it and has completed His favour upon them, and He condemns those who introduce things into the religion which Allah has not ordained.

In sound Ahadeeth, it is proven that the Messenger of Allah (sa) warned against Bidah (innovation) and stated clearly that it is misguidance, so as to show the Ummah how serious the matter is.

For example, the Prophet (sa) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Narrated Jabir (ra): The Messenger of Allah (sa) used to say in his sermon on Friday: “The best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sa). The worst of matters are those which are newly-invented, and every innovation is a going astray.” (Muslim)

Warnings against Bidah (innovation) have been narrated from the companions of the Messenger of Allah (sa) and from the righteous Salaf after them, because this is no more than adding things to the religion and instituting a religion that Allah has not ordained. It also implies that there is something lacking in Islam, and that it is not complete, and it is well known that this leads to great mischief and evil, and goes against the following verse:

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (al-Maidah 5:3)

It also goes against the Ahadeeth of the Messenger (sa) which warn against innovation (Bidah).

I hope that the evidence we have quoted will be sufficient to convince the seeker of truth that this Bidah is wrong, i.e., the innovation of celebrating the night of the Isra and Miraj, and that it is not part of the religion of Islam at all.

Because Allah has enjoined being sincere towards the Muslims and explaining what Allah has prescribed for them in their religion, and because it is Haram to conceal knowledge, I thought that I should point out this innovation. It is so widespread in many regions that people think it is part of the religion.

Allah is the One Whom we ask to set the affairs of all the Muslims straight, and to bless them with knowledge of Islam, and to help us and them to adhere steadfastly to the truth, and to forsake everything that goes against it, for He is able to do that. May Allah send blessings and peace upon His slave and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad (sa), and his family and companions.