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Biddat(h) and Ghulu

Any act in a religion which forms a part of Aqeedah in a religion not mentioned in Quran and taught by Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) is called Biddah. E.G., Reading Quran is an act of worshipping; but a person believes that if he reads Quran standing on one leg he will get more sawab (blessings) is a biddah.

Now, is giving Azan on mike a biddah?

The answer is NO. Mike was not invented at the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) and using any scientific invention in a religion is allowed like reading Quran on Tablet, Mobile or PC etc..But, if a person believes that giving Azan on mike or reading Quran on PC or Mobile will give more sawab (Blessings) than it becomes a biddah.

Another example of using scientific inventions that was not available at the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). Prophet used to travel on Horses and Camels as Trains, Cars and Airplanes etc. were not invented at that time. We do not use horses and camels as means of transportation and travelling anymore.

Prophet Mohammad, (peace be upon him) says in this respect: “He who innovates something that is not in agreement with our matter (religion), will have it rejected.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning of the Quran that“This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favorupon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [Noble Quran5:4]

Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “…Verily he among you who lives [long] will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Khalifahs – cling tot hem stubbornly. Beware of newly invented matters, for every invented

matter is an innovation and every innovation is a going astray, andevery going astray is in Hell-fire.” [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi]

How to identify Bid’ah

It is something that specifies doing something in a specific time,place or manner which does not have evidence to support it. For example fasting on the 15th of Sha’ban and the other rituals that go along with it. Where is the evidence?

An example of evidence for other days of fasting …Messenger of Allahsaid: “Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for two years,the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of‘Ashura is an expiation for the year preceding it.” [Related by “thegroup,” except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]

Reasons Bid’ah exists:

1) Ignorance – The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah does not erase knowledge (from earth) by erasing knowledge from slaves (hearts). Rather, He erases knowledge through the death of scholars. When He leaves (earth) without scholars, people will take the ignorant as leaders (and scholars). They (the ignorant) will be asked and then give Fatwa without knowledge. Then, they will be lead, and will lead astray.” [Ahmad]

2) Following desires – Allah says: “But if they answer you not O Muhammad, then know that they only follow their own lusts. And who is more astray then one who follows his own lust (desires) without the guidance from Allah” [Noble Quran 28:50]

“Have you seen him who takes his own desires as his god, and Allah knowing (him as such) left him astray, sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah.” [Noble Quran 45:23]

3) Blind following – Allah said what translated means:

“Follow what Allah has sent down.” They say: “Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following. Even though their fathers did not understand anything, nor were they guided.” [Noble Quran 2:170]

4) Imitating the disbelievers – Adopting their celebrations and practices. An example in the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him)when the companions asked him to give them an “Anwar Tree” and Prophet(peace be upon him) said:

“Allahu Akbar! It is the Sunan (traditions of the Mushrikun). You saidby He Who has my soul in His Hand, what the children of Israel said toMoses: “Make for us gods as they have gods. He said: ‘Verily! You area people who know not.” [7:138] and he (peace be upon him) said: You

will follow the traditions of those before you (Jews andChristians)” [at-Tirmidhi]

 Dangers of Bid’ah:

1) Thinking you are getting closer to Allah – Allah accepts the actions of those who make their intentions for Him alone and according to His ways. Shaytan loves Bid’ah because people rarely repent from it thinking they are on the right path getting closer to Allah.

2) Dividing the Ummah – Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“…my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of themwill be in Hell Fire except one sect. They (the Companions) said:Allah’s Messenger, which is that? Whereupon he said: It is one towhich I and my companions belong.” [At- Tirmidhi]

A Muslim of the Sunnah will be forced to stay away from the practiceof Bid’ah and will therefore be separated from other Muslims

3) Destruction of the Sunnah – Ibn Abbas said, “When Bid’ah is createdthen the Sunnah dies and this continues until that Bid’ah is livingand the Sunnah is dead.”

And the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Islam began assomething strange, and it shall return as something strange as itbegan. So give glad tidings to the strangers.” It was asked, “Who arethe strangers?” He replied, “Those that purify and correct what thepeople have corrupted of my Sunnah” [at-Tabarani]

This corruption is Bid’ah, where people have changed the religion of Allah until the Sunnah has become corrupted.

4) Committing Shirk – An example from one Muslim country when they lay the foundation of a new house they put up a flag pole and raise apiece of cloth like a scarf or something to protect the house from theevil eye during the time it is being built. Some even place a tire (yes a car tire) on the pole to protect them. They also dip their hand in henna and make a hand print with the henna on the new walls of the house to protect it from the evil eye. This is Shirk!!

5) Damaging the image of Islam – For the Ummah as a whole, Bid’ah hurts the spreading of Islam and Dawah for the sake of Allah. Honour killings (the killing of a daughter for committing fornication) is an example. There is nothing in Islam that allows a family to execute the Islamic Shari’ah their own way. There is a process for dealing with adultery, and for the unmarried person it is in fact 100 lashings, not death. People, ignorant of Islam believe that this is how our religion is and those guilty of this form of Bid’ah, in fact guilty of one of the worst of major sins, taking the life of a Muslim, are harming the way the non Muslims view Islam.

6) Bid’ah is the cause of Fitnah or severe punishment for this Ummah –

As Allah says: “For those people who are differing from the commands of Prophet, there will come to them either a Fitnah (test or trial from Allah) or a severe punishment.” [Noble Quran 24:63]

And you can look in the Muslim countries where Bid’ah is rampant.

  • Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday
  • Reading Quran for the dead e.g. Chapter Yasin or celebrate 40 days after a person’s died
  • Putting head stones or monuments over the grave
  • Asking the dead to make Du’a for them or relay the message to Allah

7) Bid’ah is a stepping-stone to disbelief – Allah says:

“The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.” [Noble Quran 1:7]

This verse refers to the Christians and the Jews. They introduced new laws into the religion and this took them away from the true message of the Prophets Musa and Issa (peace be upon them). They took to rulings of their priests and rabbis over the words of Allah and his Messengers.

Individually, Bid’ah destroys the Hereafter of the person –

Narrated Aisha: Allah’s Apostle said, “If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion,t hat thing is rejected.”

9) May lead to lying on Allah and His messenger – The Prophet said:

“Whoever knowingly lie upon me, then let him occupy his seat in the Fire (of Hell)”. [Bukhari, Muslim & others]

People will twist or fabricate Hadiths or references from the Quran in order to justify their actions. This is known to be one of the things that can take you out of Islam!!


– Allah says in the Quran: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [Noble Quran 5:4]

– Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“I have left behind me two things, if you cling to them you will neverg o astray. They are the Book of Allah and my Sunnah” [al-Hakim]

And “…so cling to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs after me, even if it be with your teeth” [Bukhari]

Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For you are the All-Hearing, the All-knowing. (Al Qur’an 2:127)

Ghulu: means raising a persons stature or rank e.g. Raising the rank of a wali to Sahabah, raising the rank of sahabah to Rasool or Nabi and raising the rank or stature of Prophets and messengers to Allah (GOD). E.g. in the case of prophet Isa (AS), where Christians worship him as GOD and in case of Hindus who worship Ram, Krishna, Ganpati or Shiva etc as GOD.

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