Every Innovation Is A Misguidance


The Prophet (saw) said:

“…Beware of newly invented matters, for every invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is a going astray, and every going astray is in Hell-fire.” (1)

Likewise ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood – may Allaah have mercy upon him – said:

“Follow and do not innovate, for indeed you have been sufficed, and every innovation is misguidance.” (2)

Also, Ibn ‘Umar (ra) mentioned:

“Every biddah is a misguidance, even if the people see it as something good.” (3)

And then some people bring ‘proof’ from the khalaf saying there is something as ‘good biddah’?

Footnotes:

(1) Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi

(2) Saheeh. Reported in Ahmad in Az-Zuhd p. 162, Ad-Daarimee (no. 211), Al-Bayhaqee in Madkhal (no. 204), Wakee’ in Az-Zuhd (no. 315), Ibnut-Tararaanee in As-Sunnah (no. 104), Ibn Nasr in As-Sunnah (p. 23) and by Mujaahid in As-Sab’ah (p. 46)

(3) Related by Ad-Darimee, Abu Shamaah (no. 39), Ibn Nasr in as-Sunnah (no. 82), al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usoolul-Ftiqaad (no. 126) & Sharh I’tiqad Ahl as-Sunnah (1/92), and by al-Bayhaqee in al-Madkhal (no. 191). Its authentic; Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz (258) and Islah al-Masajid (13). Salim Al-Hilaali said: “Its isnaad (chain of narration) is as authentic as the sun!

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