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!

Every day is your Birthday!

birthdayThe hailstorm turned into a thunderstorm while I was preparing dinner. I sat on my rocking chair and grabbed a cup of tea. What an exotic combination- hot beverage and cold weather! I was absorbed in my chain of thoughts when she came in- my best-est friend. In spite of our years of friendship, we share some conflicts too, and are still struggling to resolve them and gather on the same page. There she was- lying comfortably on the comfy sofa while gazing here and there.

Me: What are you looking for?

She: Where is birdy?

Me: Must be playing outside with him.

She: Do you remember what is coming up?

Me: What?

She gave me a stern look

Me: Oh ok I get it, charity month.

She shook her head in disgrace.

She: Can you ever in your life, just once,  behave like a normal person?

Me: Now what?

She: Dumbo! Its birdy’s birthday.

Birdy was my one and only daughter born after years of anticipation and was turning one year old that month.

Me: Oh that!

She: Yes that! And, I am here to plan with you and we will throw a mind-blowing party for her.

Me: What is so good about birthday?

She: Don’t be ungrateful; after such long wait and prayers, you got her. Don’t you want to celebrate? What kind of a mother are you?

Me: I have my set of belief.

She: Yes my religiously scholar sister, do share your old dated belief and enlighten our ignorance with your deep knowledge

Me: When we conceive, three things are decided at that very moment. First, life span; second, the gender; and third, whether one will be fortunate or unfortunate. Do you agree?

She: Hmm, so?

Me: Each passing year (for you, each birthday) is marking one year less to your total lifeline. What is there to celebrate about it? Celebrate your approaching death or wasted life?

She: Umm hmm..

Me: I am that kind of a mother who would not waste time, energy, and money on things that are of no importance. Instead, I will put in my efforts to earn for birdy’s life in the hereafter. I would rather invest in the later life which is eternal. I am that kind of a mother, who will try her best to make her daughter earn good deeds and the pleasure of her Rabb so she can celebrate with joy in her grave and hereafter.

She: Okay, but it will not cause any harm in celebrating a little bit? Your parents celebrated yours too.

Me: Birthday celebration is innovation in religion. It was originally celebrated by the non-muslims, and we will be among those whom we used to follow when alive. Islam does not teach us any of these rituals and celebrations.

And, it is not necessary to follow the same path of ignorance that we had once lived. We did celebrate birthdays when we were unaware.

She: I agree. But what will birdy think when she would see birthday celebrations of other kids? She will feel bad.

Me: Imagine what I now say. Consider yourself a kid and your birth date is approaching. You are waiting for the day when you are treated special. When you cut a cake, you receive gifts and privileges. The other kids around are not getting anything. They look towards you and crave to be in your place. They want to feel special and want those fancy wrapped gifts too. But they don’t. Will you share your presents and offer the same place of yours to be?

She: No not at all. Kids are kids. Why they would let other kids step in their zone of specialness and undivided attention.

Me: Exactly my point. Through this we are instilling selfishness in them. It is the time when every birthday child is just thinking about himself.

She: So what else can we do? We can’t have same date for every kid around?

Me: We can celebrate our two big festivals with fervour i.e. our Eid. We can décor our homes and invite guests and have food and fun. It is the right time to exchange gifts, and to create sense of communism and unity. Shared happiness, and shared love. It will be more encouraging if we present them with board games which require more than one player. This way all will be united.

She: Wow, I never thought on these lines. You nailed it sister.

This concluded our discussion and with this discussion, I finally got one conflict down between us. Smilingly I looked outside the window and I realized that continuous water drops can make a hole in a stone. Can’t we penetrate in ones heart with softness yet strong determination and commitment? When there is a will, there is a way.

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

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.