Ways of denouncing Bid`ah (innovation in religion)

Question: Some people prefer to avoid discussing subjects related to Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) or acts of Sunnah. According to them, discussing these matters may lead parties to fall into troubles that may further develop into clashes with the audience who are ignorant of the Prophet’s Sunnah. Consequently, Fitnah (hostile divisions) arises due to people’s rejection of the acts of Sunnah which contradict their desires.

Is it true that a person who purifies Aqeedah (Islaamic creed) from Bid'ahs is a troublemaker? Or is this nickname applied to a person who violates the norms of Shareeah?

Answer: The Islaamic Daa`iyah (caller) should be both knowledgeable and wise enough when enjoining right or forbidding wrong. He should also balance between the public interests of people, giving precedence to the preponderant interest over the preponderated one… read more here.

The meaning of “Newly invented things” (innovation in religion)

Question: What are the “Newly invented things” (mentioned in a Hadeeth)?

Answer: The Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Beware of newly invented things (in religion) includes all things which people have introduced into the Islaamic religion. They are the acts of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) in creed, worship, and all things that are neither mentioned in the Qur’an nor in the authentically reported Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him); however, people have taken them as religious rites in worshipping Allaah… read more here.

Meaning of Bid‘ah Al-Hasanah and Bid‘ah As-Sayyi’ah (good innovation and evil innovation)

Question: Scholars hold different opinions concerning Bid‘ah (innovation in religion); some of them say that there is a good Bid‘ah and a bad one. Is this true?

Answer: Bid‘ah, it can be defined as all things invented or acts done for which there is no precedent. It can be either related to the dealings and affairs of worldly life, such as inventing planes, cars, trains, electrical devices, cooking utensils, air conditioners used for warming and cooling, and even war machines such as bombs, submarines, tanks, and other objects made to serve people in this world. Such things in themselves are permissible and there is no sin in inventing them… read more here.

Holding birthday parties for children

Question 25: Some of our Muslim brethren hold birthday parties for themselves and their children, what is the ruling on such festivals?

Answer: The basic principle regarding acts of `Ibaadah (worship) is that they are Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion), and as such, no one is allowed to worship Allaah in a way other than which He ordained, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said in the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth... read more here.

Good Innovation and bad innovation

Question 24: Scholars hold different opinions concerning Bidd`ah (innovation in religion); some of them say that there is a good Bidd`ah and a bad one. Is this true?

Answer: Bidd`ah: It can be defined as all things invented or acts done for which there is no precedent. It can be either related to the dealings and affairs of worldly life, such as inventing planes, cars, trains; and electrical devices, cooking utensils, air conditioners used for warming and cooling; and even war machines such as bombs, submarines, tanks, and other objects made to serve people in this world. Such things in themselves are permissible and there is no sin in inventing them... read more here.