104. To Avoid Bidat (Innovation)

Bidat in Islam

The religion of  Islam was perfected and completed by Allah through Prophet Mohammad (saws) around fourteen hundered years ago. The message of Islam as a complete religion is there in the holy Quran and all the decrees of Allah were practiced by Prophet Mohammad (saws).

Allah Says in the Quran:   Surah No.5 -Al Maeda, Part of Ayat No.3

   الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

 

 

Translation :

 

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

 

Now, if anyone adds anything new to religion considering it to be a GOOD DEED and thinking that it will be a source of reward from Allah then that good deed is  bidat  Innovation. In other words, the religious scholars define innovation as “Worshipping Allah in a way which Allah has neither prescribed nor practiced by the Prophet  (saws).”

The innovation  can be simplified with one example of glass of water. For instance, if you are offered a crystal clear water in a glass, by which you would like to satisfy your thirst. If someone adds a colour to it with the intention that the water will become more attractive to the thirsty. Then another person further adds some sugar to it to make the water tasty. Would you consider that the same water in the glass remains the pure water ? NO, I would say that you have an adulterated version of earlier water. You can consider Islam as a crystal clear pure water in which there is no chance of adding any thing, not even a dot.

Some people consider the following and involved themselves in Bidat.

 

a.    Act of worship which is made as religious and is not mentioned in holy Quran or is an Authentic Sunnah. Those  such act are considered by them as a source of reward ( Ajar or Sawab)

 

b. While doing such acts people think that there is no harm in doing

 

c.     Rituals and celebration are considered  to be a part of religion

 

d.    Fabricated Ahadis become source of inspiration for doing such acts

 

It is therefore essential that before practicing any act, one must confirm the authenticity of Hadis or other religious information if they get in different books.

          

Please keep it in mind that Innovation in Islam is strictly forbidden and severely punishable.

In view of the above please give a serious thought to some of  the practices mentioned below, are these INNOVATIONS OR NOT ?

·        Celebration of Prophet’s Birthday, Shabe Meraj,  Shabe Barat, Quran Khwani at death, Reciting Kalima on beads at death,  Suwwam 3rd day after death,  Chaliswa after death,  Death anniversary ( Barsi),  Taking bride under the Quran, (There may be many more).

Surah No.108- Al Kauthar (Kausar, Ayats No. 1 & 2

 

 o إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ

  o فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ

 

Translation :


We have granted you Kausar (Signifies Abundance). Therefore pray to Allah and make sacrifice.


Comments :


When this surah was revealed, Prophet Mohammad (saws) was facing big challenges and lots of difficulties in Mecca. Many people in Mecca had negative attitude and they were not only taking serious objections but also torturing and troubling those who have accepted Islam. It was a very tough time for the Prophet and at times he used to become sad. In the surah Al kausar, Allah has informed the Prophet that he should not be disheartened as We have provided you Kausar (a canal, specially in the Heaven of the Prophet, which will be fetching water to the main Pond).

In the life Hereafter, when men would be thirsty, the Prophet Mohammad (saws) will be providing water from the pond of Kausar to his followers. If any believer gets this water his thirst would go away for ever. Some of his followers would be pushed out from the Pond.  The Prophet (saws) will ask, why they are being pushed out?  he would be replied,  they are the people who have introduced changes in his preachings and added their own. The Prophet (saws) will also ask them to go away from him”

(Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Daud, and Ibne Maaja)

 

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