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.”

[Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi]

‘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.”

[Saheeh. Reported in Ahmad in Az-Zuhd p. 162]

Ibn ‘Umar (ra) mentioned:

“EVERY biddah is a misguidance, even if the people see it as something good.”

[Aboo Shaamah, 39]

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullaah) said:

“Adhere to the Athaar (narrations) and the Tareeqah (way) of the Salaf and beware of newly invented matters, for ALL OF IT is innovation.”

[Reported by As-Suyootee in Sawn al-Mantaq Wal -Kalaam, p. 32.]

It was narrated that Nooh al-Jaami’ said:

“I said to Abu Haneefah (may Allah have mercy on him), ‘What do you say about the philosophical issues that people have innovated?‘

Imaam Aboo Haneefah said, ‘That is just the words of philosophers. you should adhere to the way of the Salaf, and beware of EVERY newly invented thing, for it is an innovation (bid’ah).“

[Al-Khateeb in Al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih.]

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, the Imam of Ahl as-Sunnah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“The basic principles of Sunnah in our view are: adherence to the way of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, following their example and forsaking bid’ah, for EVERY bid’ah is a going astray.”

[Al-Laalkaa’i in Sharh Usool Ahl as-Sunnah.]


11 Responses to “Every Innovation Is A Misguidance”

  1. So akhi is this like the meelad thing which people do? is that right? Also they say that Abu Bakr compiled the quraan in one volume, so the companions done a biddah, so bidah is good.

    • Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

      Yes the milad is an innovation, no doubt about that.

      As for Aboo Bakr compiling the Quraan in one volume then this was not an innovation, rather done as a maslahah.

      What further proves this is that when Aboo Bakr initially spoke to ‘Umar regarding this, he rejected this proposal saying ‘how can we do something the Prophet (saw) never done?’

      So this proves the Sahaabah saw all innovation as bad, hence he wouldn’t have asked this question.

      Furthermore, compiling the Quraan in one volume was not a form of ibaadah. If they say it is, then ask them why they dont gather all the 30 spara (parts) of the Quraan (which u see in most mosques run by asians) and bind them together in one volume?

      • lol. jazakalah.

        And also 2 more things. firstly, they say that Allah says in the Qur’an that one should rejoice in the favours of the Lord.

        Secondly they say that the Jews celebrated the table spread thing in surah 5, where it says this day was a eid for them, so these people say that the coming of the prophet (saw) is more important than a table, so to call it eid has proof in the quran!

        • Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

          1) As for ‘rejoicing’ in the favours of Allaah, then ask them, did the sahaabah ‘rejoice’ the way you ppl rejoice? The answer is an obvious ‘no’.

          2) As for this, ask them whether the sahaabah came to this conclusion? And the answer is ‘no’. This conclusion was done deduced by the sahaabah.

          So it is known, without a shadow of a doubt, that these people are upon a ‘understanding’ DIFFERENT than that of the sahaabah.

          May Allaah guide them to the truth, ameen.

          I hope this has answered ur question.

          Wassalaamu ‘alaykum,

  2. also bro have u seen this:

    what do u think?

    • This is nothing special for me.

      Rather I ponder on something even more amazing, that a man named Muhammad received revelation form above the seven Heavens.

      ^ A statement of Aboo Bakr said to the polytheists when they asked him if he believed that the prophet (saw) went to the heavens (al-israa wal mi’raaj).

  3. Salam. Could I have the Arabic text for this:

    “for every newly begun matter is innovation, every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in hell.”

    I think the narration is in Sunan Nasai

  4. The banning of alcohol is an obvious example of bidah…amongst many other examples. In the Quran it is neither haram or halal, and there is no penalty whatsoever prescribed for drinking it in moderation.

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