Archives: Innovations in Religion and Worship

Religious celebrations in islam

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As Muslims, we celebrate only two ‘eid (festivals): ‘eid ul-fitr (after the end of Ramadhan), and ‘eid ul–Udh-ha, the day of the greater hajj (pilgrimage). During these two festivals, we offer felicitations, spread joy, and entertain children. But more importantly, we offer remembrance of Allaah’s blessings, celebrate His name and offer the ‘eid salaat (prayer). • Read More »

Reciting verses of the Qur’aan a specific number of times and with a specific intention

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Allaah has said (interpretation of the meaning): “Unto Allaah belong the beautiful names. Pray to (and ask of) Him using them.” As part of the prayer to Allaah using His names, we call on him by saying, “O Merciful, have mercy on me; O Forgiver, forgive my sins; O Provider, provide for me,” etc. However, • Read More »

Bid’ah Hasanah ("Good Innovations")

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Praise be to Allaah. Firstly, we should know what “bid’ah” means according to Islamic teaching. It is defined as: any invented way in religion that is aimed at worshipping or drawing closer to Allaah. This means anything that is not referred to specifically in Sharee’ah, and for which there is no evidence (daleel) in the • Read More »

Is saying “Sadaqa Allaahu al-‘Azeem ” after reciting from Qur’an bid’ah?

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Praise be to Allaah. Many people have the habit of ending a recitation from the Qur’aan with the words “Sadaqa Allaahu al-‘Azeem (Almighty Allaah has spoken the truth),” but this has no basis in Islam because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do it, nor was it the custom • Read More »

Celebrating birthdays is not allowed

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The evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays is a kind of bid’ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in the pure sharee’ah. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging bid’ah. Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of • Read More »

Holding “khatam” gatherings in the mosque to recite Soorat Ya-Seen for the dead is bid’ah

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Praise be to Allaah. There is no saheeh evidence (daleel) to indicate that this practice is prescribed in sharee’ah. Therefore it is an act of bi’dah (innovation) which we should avoid, warn others against and not take part in. We should adhere to the sunnah, which contains sufficient alternatives to all the innovated practices. The • Read More »

Does Islam tell us to recite al-Faatihah one hundred times when asking Allaah for something?

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Praise be to Allaah. There is no saheeh evidence (daleel) to indicate that we should recite al-Faatihah one hundred times when asking Allaah for anything, so it is not permissible to do this. You must follow the Sunnah and call on Allaah by His names and attributes, as he says (interpretation of the meaning): “And • Read More »

Sufi formulas and bid’ah

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Praise be to Allaah. 1. Allaah described His awliyaa’ (close friends) as having two characteristics: Eemaan (faith) and Taqwa (piety, awareness of Allaah). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “No doubt! Verily, the Awliyaa’ of Allaah [i.e., those who believe in the Oneness of Allaah and fear Allaah much and love Allaah much], nor fear • Read More »

Bidaa’h of gathering after fourty days to pray for the deceased

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Praise be to Allaah. What happens in some Muslim countries – where the friends and relatives of the deceased gather after 40 days to read Qur’aan, make du’aa’ for him and remember him – is undoubtedly bid’ah (reprehensible innovation) for which no authority has been revealed by Allaah. It is not permissible to take part • Read More »

What is the definition of bid’ah? What is the ruling on doing more rak’ahs in Taraaweeh?

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Praise be to Allaah. The root of the word bid’ah in Arabic means initiating something without any precedent. For example, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “The Originator of the heavens and the earth…” [al-Baqarah 2:117] In the terminology of sharee’ah, bid’ah means something that has been introduced into the religion of Allaah that has • Read More »