Refuting the Notion of Bid’ah Hasanah (Good Innovation) in Worship: Part 2 – Understanding Matters of Public Interest (Al-Masalih Al-Mursalah)
Bid'ah (Innovation) / Shari'ah

Refuting the Notion of Bid’ah Hasanah (Good Innovation) in Worship: Part 2 – Understanding Matters of Public Interest (Al-Masalih Al-Mursalah)

It is essential to understand the point made in Part 1 through the speech of Ibn Hajar before proceeding, which is that when the term bid’ah is used for praiseworthy matters, it is being used in its linguistic sense and not the Shariah sense. Here we wish to tie the noose a bit more tightly … Continue reading

Refuting the Notion of Bid’ah Hasanah (Good Innovation) in Worship: Part 1 – Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani on the Usage of the Word Bid’ah in Its Linguistic Sense
Bid'ah (Innovation) / Shari'ah

Refuting the Notion of Bid’ah Hasanah (Good Innovation) in Worship: Part 1 – Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani on the Usage of the Word Bid’ah in Its Linguistic Sense

Introduction The issue of whether there is “good innovation (bidah hasanah) in Islam and whether Muslims are permitted to invent and devise affairs into the religion to help them become closer to Allaah, as is claimed, is a hotly contested issue, and in this series we will deal in depth inshaa’Allaah with the various arguments … Continue reading

Innovation Is of Two Types, Haqeeqiyyah (Essential, Proper) and Idaafiyyah (Relative)
Bid'ah (Innovation) / Shari'ah

Innovation Is of Two Types, Haqeeqiyyah (Essential, Proper) and Idaafiyyah (Relative)

The Two Types of Innovation: Haqeeqiyyah and Idaafiyyah The Scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah have explained that innovation is of two types. That which is haqeeqiyyah, meaning proper innovation, in every sense of the word. It has absolutely no association to, or basis in the Shari’ah. It is when a person seeks nearness to Allaah through … Continue reading

Imaam al-Shatibee Explaining Bidah Haqiqiyyah (Proper Innovation) and Bidah Idafiyyah (Relative Innovation)
Bid'ah (Innovation) / Shari'ah

Imaam al-Shatibee Explaining Bidah Haqiqiyyah (Proper Innovation) and Bidah Idafiyyah (Relative Innovation)

Imaam al-Shatibi said in his excellent book al-I’tisam (tahqiq M. Salman, Maktabah Dar al-Tawhid, 2/127-128), clarifying the different types of innovation: Regarding the Rulings Pertaining to Proper Innovation and Relative Innovation and the Difference Between Them Both Before we look into that it is necessary to look at the explanation al-bidah al-haqiqiyyah (proper innovation) and … Continue reading

A Concise Explanation of the Shariah Definition of Bidah and Its Proofs From the Prophetic Sunnah
Bid'ah (Innovation) / Shari'ah

A Concise Explanation of the Shariah Definition of Bidah and Its Proofs From the Prophetic Sunnah

This article should be read alongside this one (on the completion and perfection of the Shariah) and this one (al-Shatibi’s definition of bidah). Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, the followers of the Righteous Salaf, follow the Messenger (alayhis salaam) in all of their beliefs and understandings. Hence, all of their conceptions, thoughts and understandings are founded upon … Continue reading