Question: Some of my colleagues said: “Bid
ah (innovation in religion) falls into two categories. The first is a good one and a person can work accordingly. The second is the evil one." I believe that this division is invalid relying on the Hadeeth that says: <img src="http://www.alifta.net/_layouts/images/UserControl-Images/MEDIA-H2.GIF" align="middle" border="0" /><a name="Themostevilofaffairsarenovelties;"></a><span id="ContentParagraph" class="HarfBody">The most evil of affairs are novelties; every novelty is a Bidah (innovation in religion); every Bid`ah is misguidance; and every misguidance is in Hellfire. What is the viewpoint of jurists and Imams of Islaam concerning this point in light of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah?
Answer: This explanation is not valid because of the general meaning of the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): The most evil affairs are their novelties; and every innovation is an error. This Hadeeth was reported by Muslim in his Saheh. There are many Ahaadeeth in this topic that denote the same meaning.… read more here.