Imaam ash-Shaafi'ee, rahimahullaah,
"That a servant meets Allaah with every
sin except Shirk
is better than meeting Him upon any of the innovated beliefs."
Reported by al-Baihaqee in
The Noble Qur'an Al-Hijr
Verily We: It is We Who have sent down
the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'an) and surely, We will guard it (from
The Noble Qur'an An-Nisa'
O people of the Scripture (Jews and
Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of
Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, was (no
more than) a Messenger of Allah and Allah's Word, ("Be!" -- and he was) which
Allah bestowed on Mary and a spirit (Ruh) created by Allah; so believe
in Allah and Allah's Messengers. Say not: "Three (trinity)!" Cease!
(it is) better for you. For Allah is (the only) One Ilah (God), Glory
be to Allah (Far Exalted is Allah) above having a son. To Allah belongs
all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is
All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs.
Hadith - Muslim, Narrated Jabir ibn
When Allah's Messenger
delivered the sermon, his eyes
became red, his voice rose, and his anger increased so that he was like one
giving a warning against the enemy and saying: "The
enemy has made a morning attack on you and in the evening too." He
would also say: "The last Hour and I have been sent
like these two," and he would join his forefinger and middle finger.
He would continue: "The best speech is that embodied
in the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance given by Muhammad.
The most evil affairs are their innovations; and every innovation is an
error." He would add: "I am dearer to a Muslim
than even his self. He who has left behind property, that is for his family,
and he who dies in debt or leaves children (in helplessness), the responsibility
(of paying his debt and bringing up his children) lies on
Hadith - Bukhari 9:391, Narrated Abu
"Leave me as I leave you, for the people who were before
you were ruined because of their questions and their differences over their
prophets. So, if I forbid you to do something, then keep away from it. And
if I order you to do something, then do of it as much as you
Hadith - Bukhari 9:396, Narrated
We were with 'Umar and he said, "We
have been forbidden to undertake a difficult task beyond our capability (i.e.
to exceed the religious limits, e.g., to clean the inside of the eyes while
Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #1306, Narrated AbuMusa
Transmitted by Ibn Majah.
the Exalted and Glorious looks down on the middle night of Sha'ban and forgives
all His creation except a polytheist or one who is mushahin (innovator in
religion and out of the main stream of the
Hadith - Abu Dawud, Narrated Ali ibn
The Prophet said, If anyone introduces an
innovation in the religion, he will be responsible for it. (Good or bad).
If anyone introduces an innovation or gives shelter to a man who introduces
an innovation (in the religion) he is cursed by Allaah, by His angels and
by all the people.
Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #5142, Narrated
You people recite this verse, "You who
believe, care for yourselves; he who goes astray cannot harm you when you
are rightly guided." I heard Allah's Messenger SAAWS say, "When people see
something objectionable and do not change it, Allah will soon include them
all in His punishment." [Ibn Majah and
Tirmidhi, who declared it to be sahih, transmitted
Hadith - Bukhari and Muslim, Narrated
Abu Sa'id, r.a.
The Prophet SAAWS said, "Surely, you will follow
the ways of those nations who were before you, in everything as one arrow
resembles another, (i.e. just like them), so much so that even if they entered
a hole of a sand-lizard, you would enter it."
They said, "O Allaahs
Messenger! Do you mean to say that we will follow the Jews and the
He SAAWS replied, "Whom else?"
(By meaning the Jew and Christians)
Noble Qur'an - Al-Imran
And hold fast, all of you together,
to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur'an) and be not divided among yourselves,
and remember Allah's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another,
but Allah joined your hearts together, so that, by Allah's Grace, you became
brethren (in Islamic Faith) and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and
Allah saved you from it. Thus Allah makes Allah's Ayat (proofs, evidences,
verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be
Noble Qur'an - An-Nur
Say: "Obey Allah and obey the Messenger,
but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad
) is only responsible for the
duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allah's Message) and you for that placed
on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The
Messenger's duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to
preach in a plain way)."
Hadith - Abu Dawud, Narrated Abdullah
Mujahid reported: I was in the company
of Ibn Umar. A person invited the people for the noon or afternoon prayer
(after the adhan had been called). He said: Go out with us (from this mosque)
because this is an innovation (in religion).
Hadith - Bukhari 1:561, Narrated
You offer a prayer which I did not see
being offered by Allah's Apostle when we were in his company and he certainly
had forbidden it (i.e. two Rakat after the Asr prayer).
The only good sunnah is a revived sunnah, not a newly invented one...
Hadith - Sahih Muslim
He who starts a good sunnah will be rewarded
for it, in addition to receiving rewards equal to the rewards of those who
follow him into it. Whereas he who starts a bad sunnah will be burdened with
it, in addition to receiving burdens equal to the burdens of those who follow
him into it.
Hadith - Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 49,
Number 861. Narrated Aisha, r.a.
Allah's Apostle SAAWS said,
"If somebody innovates
something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that
thing is rejected."
Hadith - Abu Dawud, Narrated Ali ibn
Qays ibn Abbad and Ashtar went to Ali
and said to him: Did the Apostle of Allah
give you any instruction about
anything for which he did not give any instruction to the people in general?
He said: No, except what is contained in this document of mine. Musaddad
said: He then took out a document. Ahmad said: A document from the sheath
of his sword. It contained: The lives of all Muslims are equal; they are
one hand against others; the lowliest of them can guarantee their protection.
Beware, a Muslim must not be killed for an infidel, nor must one who has
been given a covenant be killed while his covenant holds. If anyone introduces
an innovation, he will be responsible for it. If anyone introduces an innovation
or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (in religion), he
is cursed by Allah, by His angels, and by all the people. Musaddad said:
Ibn AbuUrubah's version has: He took out a document.
Hadith - Abu Dawud, Narrated Irbad ibn
AbdurRahman ibn Amr as-Sulami and Hujr
ibn Hujr said: We came to Irbad ibn Sariyah who was among those about whom
the following verse was revealed: "Nor (is there blame) on those who come
to thee to be provided with mounts, and when thou saidst: "I can find no
mounts for you." We greeted him and said: We have come to see you to give
healing and obtain benefit from you. Al-Irbad said: One day the Apostle of
led us in prayer, then faced
us and gave us a lengthy exhortation at which the eyes shed tears and the
hearts were afraid. A man said: Apostle of Allah! It seems as if it were
a farewell exhortation, so what injunction do you give us? He then said:
I enjoin you to fear Allah, and to hear and obey even
if it be an Abyssinian slave, for those of you who live after me will see
great disagreement. You must then follow my sunnah and that of the rightly-guided
caliphs. Hold to it and stick fast to it. Avoid novelties, for every novelty
is an innovation, and every innovation is an error.
The Noble Qur'an: Al'Imran
It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad
) the Book (this Qur'an). In
it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book
[and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkam (commandments etc.), Al-Fara'id (obligatory
duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers,
etc.)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts
there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely
clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials etc), and seeking
for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allah.
And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in
it; the whole of it (clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord." And none
receive admonition except men of understanding. (Tafsir
Do not sit
with the people of bid'a (deviation)
Hadith - Reported by Ibn Abee Ya'laa
in Tabaqaatul-Hanaabilah (1/60) with a saheeh
isnaad and by Ibn Muflih in al-Aadaabush-Shar'iyyah
Abu Daawood as-Sijjistaanee said: I
said to Abu' Abdullaah, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, 'If I see a man from Ahl us-Sunnah
sitting with a man from the people of innovation, should I abandon speaking
to him?' He said, "No, you should first inform him that the one whom you
saw him with is a person of innovation. Either, he will cease speaking
to him, so then continue speaking to him or if not, then regard him to be
like him. Ibn Mas'ood said: A person is like his
Hadith - Reported by Ibn Battah in
Ibn 'Awn, rahimahullaah, said, "Whoever
sits with the people of innovation is worse than them."
Hadith - Reported by Ibn Abee Ya'laa
in Tabaqaatul-Hanaabilah (1/223-234) in the biography of 'Alee ibn
'Alee ibn Abee Khaalid said: I said
to Ahmad, "This old man -referring to an old man who was present with us
and was a neighbour of mine - I have warned him against a person, but he
would like to hear your saying about him. haarith al-Qaseer (meaning
Haarith al-Mahaasibee) and you saw me with him many years ago and you said
to me, 'Do not sit with him and do not speak to him.' I have not spoken to
him from then until now, but this old man sits with him. What do you
say about him (i.e. the innovator)?" I saw that Ahmad became red, his
veins and his eyes swelled. I have never seen him like that before.
Then he shuddered and said, "That is one to whom Allaah has done such
and such. No one knows that except one who is fully acquainted with
him. Alas! Alas! Alas! He is one not known except to one fully acquainted
with him. He was the one whom al-Maghaazilee sat with and Ya'qoob and
so and so. He lead them to having the views of Jahm. They were
destroyed through him." So, the old man said, "O Abu' Abdullaah! He
narrated hadeeth, displays dignity and fearfulness. He is such
and such." Abu 'Abdullaah became angry and said, "Do not be fooled
by his fearfulness, nor his gentleness. Do not be fooled by how he
droops his head. He is an evil person. This will not be known except
by one well-acquainted with him. Do not sit with him, for there is
no honour for him. Will you sit with everyone who narrated the
ahaadeeth of Allaah's Messenger (saaws) and is an
Narration - Reported by al-Laalikaa'ee
(no. 263) and Ibn Battah (no. 439). Saheeh
Al-Fudayl ibn 'Iyaad said, "Whoever
sits with a person of innovation has not been given wisdom."
Shaykh Muhammad Naasir al-Deen al-Albaani said in Al-Silsilat
al-Daeefah (1/110), where he quotes the (weak) Hadith What a
good reminder is the subhah [masbahah]":
In my view, the meaning of this hadeeth is invalid for a number of
reasons: Firstly, the subhah [masbahah (prayer beads)] is bidah and
was not known at the time of the Prophet (SAW). It happened after that, so
how could he (SAW) have encouraged his Sahabah to do something that was unknown
The evidence for what I have said is the report narrated by Ibn Waddaah in
Al-Bid wal-Nahy anhaa from al-Salt ibn Bahraam, who said:
Ibn Masood passed by a woman who had a [masbahah] with which
she was making tasbeeh, and he broke it and threw it aside, then he passed
by a man who was making tasbeeh with pebbles, and he kicked him then said,
You think you are better than the Sahabah, but you are following
unjustified bidah! You think you have more knowledge than the Companions
of Muhammad (SAW)! Its isnaad is saheeh to al-Salt, who is one
of the trustworthy (thiqah) followers of the Taabieen.
* Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (rahmatullahi alay) said in al-Fataawa (22/187):
Some of them might show off by putting their prayer-mats over their
shoulders and carrying their masbahahs (prayer beads) in their hands, making
them symbols of religion and prayer. It is known from the mutawaatir reports
that neither the Prophet (SAW) nor his Companions (RU) used these as symbols.
They used to recite tasbeeh and count on their fingers, as the hadeeth says:
Count on your fingers, for they will asked, and will be made to
speak. Some of them may count their tasbeeh with pebbles or date stones.
The Noble Qur'an: Al-Baqarah
There is no compulsion in religion.
Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever
and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold
that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer,
Recognize that the
Qur'an is preserved in accuracy and is free from corruption.
When presenting Islam
to someone, present Qur'an,
not your opinion.
Said Mujahid, "We were in a meeting in the mosque with the companions
of Ibn 'Abbas (Tawus, Sa'eed ibn Jubair and 'Ikrimah). When he stood to pray,
a man came in and said, 'Is there one who can give a legal verdict?' We said,
'Ask your question.' He said, 'Whenever I urinate, a liquid always follows
it.' We asked, 'Is it the type of liquid that gives birth to children?' He
said, 'Yes.' We said, 'Then you have to perform ghusl.' The man went away.
Ibn 'Abbas hurried to finish his prayer, after which he told 'Ikrimah to
bring the man back. He turned to us and said, 'Is your verdict found in the
Book of Allah?' We said, 'No.' He asked, 'Is it based on the sayings of the
Prophet, upon whom be peace?' We said, 'No.' 'Then from what?' We said,
'From our opinion.' He said, 'That is why the Messenger of Allah
said that one learned man is more difficult for Satan than a thousand
worshippers.' The man came and faced Ibn 'Abbas, who said to him, 'When
that happens, is it owing to any stimulation?' He answered, 'No.' Ibn 'Abbas
asked, 'Do you feel any numbness in your body?' He answered, 'No.' Said Ibn
'Abbas, 'That is from the cold. Ablution is sufficient."'
Do not engage in
cultural activities that contradict the instructions of Qur'an and
The only good sunnah
is a revived sunnah and not a newly invented one.
Stop making excuses
for your laziness..... if you don't feel that you want to follow any particular
command of Qur'an, don't try to twist the meaning to reflect your feelings.
Be honest and take responsibility for your choices. Qur'an is
simple and straight-forward.
Some examples of bid'a
Denying or declaring
void, any of the five pillars of Islam, which are:.
ilaha ill Allaha wa anna Muhammad-ur-Rasul-Allah (none has the right
to be worshipped but Allah, swt, and that Muhammad, saaws, is Allah's
To offer the
dutifully and perfectly (Iqamat-as-Salat)
Hajj (i.e. pilgrimage to Makka) [if physically
To observe fast
during the month of
Denying any of
the six articles of Faith, which are:
Belief in Allah,
Belief in Allah's
Belief in Allah's
Belief in Allah's
Belief in the
Day of Resurrection
(Divine Preordainments i.e. whatever Allah swt has ordained must come to
Not dressing your
at the fixed time
The neck should
not remain exposed
The arms should
not be exposed (3/4 length sleeves don't cut it!)
The hijab should
be worn at all times around non-mahram men and around non-Muslims - not just
when praying or attending the Masjid!
no dating is permitted in Al-Islam) (see Qur'an 5:5 as one
even if just as "an occasional drinker"
Making a tradition
out of giving salutations to the Prophet saaws after the adhan or other such
phrases before or after the adhan.
Ibn Hajr says
in al-Fatawa al-Kubra, "Our shaikhs and others have given a legal verdict
about the prayers and salutations for the Prophet after the adhan and how
the callers to prayer do it. Their verdict is that (the prayers for the Prophet)
has its root in the sunnah, but the manner in which they perform it is an
innovation." Muhammad 'Abduh was asked about saying the prayers and salutation
for the Prophet subsequent to the adhan and he said, "The adhan, as mentioned
in al-Khaniyyah, is only for the prescribed prayers. It consists of fifteen
phrases, the last being La ilaha illal-lah. Whatever is mentioned before
or after it is an innovation. It has been introduced for rhythm, and nothing
else. There is hardly a scholar who has allowed it, nor does it make any
sense to say that it is a good innovation, for every innovation in matters
of worship is evil. Whoever claims that it is not for melody is lying."
Fasting on only
Friday (see Bukhari 3:205), on the day of breaking the Ramadan fast (see
Bukhari 3:211), or the first day of 'Id ul Fitr and 'Id ul-Adha (see Bukhari
The use of dhikr
beads when doing dhikr
The Prophet (peace
be upon him) commanded them (the women emigrants) to be regular (in remembering
Allah by saying): "Allah is most great"; "Glory be to the King, the Holy";
"there is no god but Allah"; and that they should count them on fingers,
for they (the fingers) will be questioned and asked to
[Dawood 1496, Narrated Yusayrah, mother of Yasir]
meat (see Bukhari 5:511), or animals with fangs (see Bukhari
Drinking out of
a gold or silver cup, or eating on a gold or silver plate (see Bukhari 7:337,
silk (see Bukhari 7:718)
Making du'a while
facing a grave (i.e. intentions to seek help in any way from the deceased,
whether a prophet or not)
Prophet saaws' birthday, i.e.
(forbidden) something that is not declared haram in the Qur'an or Sunnah
with Al-Islam. For example, you may not use images of a person to teach
Al-Islam, such as watching videos that teach how to perform salah. The
religion is meant to be taught in the ummah, not in private quarters where
there is no contact with other muslims. In the event that no muslims
live nearby, this is still no excuse for using images in the religion. We
should not capture pictures of our brothers and sisters performing salah,
especially not for media releases in which the kuffaar view the muslimah's
back side. Simply put, do not use images of persons or animals to teach
Islam or spread dawah.
Remember... Allah, subhana watala,
sees everything we do!