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Celebrating the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم Birthday

Post by Ithar Ghada Faied on Sun May 30, 2010 11:13 pm




Translated & Compiled by Abbas Abu Yahya

The Salaf as-Salih Did Not Celebrate It

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah -Rahimullaah- said regarding the Mawlid of the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

‘The Salaf as-Saalih did not do this even though they could have done it and there was no prevention in doing so. If the Mawlid was good or seen as beneficial the Salaf -Radi Allaahu 'anhum- would have had more of a right to it than us because they were the greatest in love for the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam and in respect for him, compared to us, and were more concerned for goodness.

Indeed loving him completely and respecting him is by following him sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, obeying him and following his commands, reviving his Sunnah outwardly and inwardly and conveying what he was sent with, striving upon that with the heart, hand and tongue, as this was the way of the foremost to embrace Islaam from the Muhajireen, the Ansar and those who followed them in goodness.’ From: ‘Iqtida’ as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem’ Vol.2 p.619

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah Rahimullaah was asked, as occurs in ‘Fatawa al-Misreeyah’,regarding completing the Qur’an every year on the night of the Mawlid of the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam is that a recommended action or not?

He answered: ‘All Praise belongs to Allah, the gathering of people for food on the two 'Eids and the days of stoning in the Hajj is Sunnah and is from the distinguishing features of Islam which the Messenger of Allah -sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam- established as a Sunnah for the Muslims. Helping and feeding the poor in the month of Ramadan is also from the Sunnan of Islam. The Prophet sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Whoever opens a fasting person’s fast then he has the reward similar to the fasting person.’ Giving the poor recitors what aids them in reciting the Qur’an is a good action at all times, and whoever helps them in this shares in the reward. As for taking a season other than the legislated seasons, like some of the nights of the month of Rabi al-Awwal- which it is said is the night of the Mawlid- or taking some of the nights of Rajab or the 18th of Dhul-Hijjah, the 1st Jumu’ah of Rajab or the 8th of Shawwal which the ignorant people call 'Eid al-Abrar then all of this is from Bida’ (innovations) which the Salaf neither recommended nor did. From: ‘Rasil fee Hukm al-Ihteefal bil-Mawlid an-Nabawi’ Vol.2 p.429

Is it Obligatory or Recommended?

The ‘Allaama Shaykh Taj-Uddeen Faakihanee [1] who died in the year (734 A.H.) said in his unique booklet about this subject entitled: ‘al-Mawrid fee Amal al-Mawlid’ and this is its wording and text:

‘In The name of Allah, The Most Kind and Most Merciful

Praise be to Allah who guided us to follow the leader of the Messengers and supported us with the guidance to aid the Deen, Who made it easy for us to follow the Athaar of the Salaf as-Saliheen until our hearts filled up with the light of the knowledge of the Sharia’ and the definite clear truth and Who purified our hearts from introducing new innovations and innovating in the Deen. I praise Allah with what He has favored us with of the light of certainty and I thank Him for what He has conferred on us holding on to the strong rope of the Deen.

I testify that none is worthy of worship except Allah – Alone who has no partner- and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, the leader of the earlier people and of those who came later. May Allah send His prayers upon His Messenger, his Family, his Companions and his pure wives, who are the Mothers of the Believers, continuously until the day of Judgment.

Amma Ba’d: Indeed a question has been repeated from a group of blessed people about a gathering which some of the people organize in the month of Rabi al-Awwal and they call it ‘al-Mawlid’: Does it have an origin in the Sharia’? Or is it a Bida’ and innovation in the Deen? They wanted the answer to this to be clear and to clarify it specifically. So I say – and success is with Allaah - :

I do not know of an origin for this Mawlid neither in the Book of Allah nor in the Sunnah, nor was it narrated that any of the scholars of the Ummah performed it; those scholars who are an example for the Deen, holding on to the Athaar of the predecessors. Rather, Mawlid is a Bida’, it was innovated by the people of falsehood; those parasites who followed their desires and became rich by it. The evidence for this is that if we applied the five types of Sharee’ah rulings to it we would say: It is either obligatory (Waajib), recommended (Mandoob), permissible (Mubaah), disliked (Makrooh) or prohibited (Muharam)!! By consensus it is neither obligatory nor recommended; because the reality of a recommended act is: an act which is sanctioned by the Shari'ah without any disapproval for the one who leaves it. The Shari'ah did not give permission for the Mawlid and the Companions did not do it, neither the Tabi'een nor the religious scholars – as far as I know.
This is my response to this before Allah –Ta’ala – if I am asked about it. Nor is it correct that it is permissible (Mubaah), because innovating in the Deen is not permissible – and all the Muslims are in agreement regarding this. So nothing remains except that it is disliked (Makrooh) or prohibited (Muharam).’ From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed p.11

Differing on the Date of Birth

Ustadh Abu Abdullaah Muhammad al-Haffar [2] who died in the year (811 A.H.) as stated in the book ‘al-Ma’yeyar al-Ma’arab’ (7/99-101):

‘The Salaf as-Salih – and they are the Companions of the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam and those who followed them – never used to gather on the night of the Mawlid for worship, they would not do anything on that night which they would not do on any other night of the year because the Prophet sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam is not revered except due to that which the Shari'ah regards as reverential. Revering the Prophet sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam is from the greatest of ways of drawing closer to Allah but drawing closer to Allah – the Magnificent – is only with what He has legislated. The evidence that the Salaf never used to do anything extra on that night – over what they did on any other night – is that they differed in the following:

It had been said: the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam was born in Ramadan. It had been said: in Rabia’ al-Awwal. They differed regarding the day on which he was born with four different sayings! So if there was worship that occurred due to the birth of the best of creation sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam on the night preceding the day on which he was born – then it would have been well-known and widespread and no difference would have occurred regarding it, but observing extra reverence was not legislated. Do you not see that Friday is the best day upon which the sun rose?! And the best thing to do on the best day is to fast. Despite this, the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam prohibited fasting on Fridays – even though it is an excellent day. So this indicates that no worship occurs for any time or place except that which is legislated and if it is not legislated, then it is not done, since the last of this Ummah cannot bring guidance better than what the first of this Ummah brought.

If this door to unlegislated worship were opened then people would come and say: the day the Messenger migrated to Madenah was the day Allah honored Islam, so there should be a gathering and worship should be performed! Others will say: the night on which the Messenger was taken on the night journey he received honor that cannot be valued! Then worship would be innovated on that night…..so, they would not stop at this. And good – all of it – is in following the Salaf as-Saalih; whom Allah chose for Himself, so whatever they did we do and whatever they left we leave. [3] So if this is understood, then gathering on that night is not required by the Shari'ah rather it is commanded to leave it.’ From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed p.14

Following the Salaf

The ‘Allaama Ibn al-Haaj who died in (737 A.H.) said in the book ‘al-Madkhal’ (2/11-12) – clarifying the ruling of performing al-Mawlid:

‘….that it is an addition to the Deen and is not from the actions of the Salaf of the past. Following the Salaf takes precedence – rather it is more obligatory than intending increase to the Deen by opposing that what they were upon - because they were the greatest of the people in following the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam and in proclaiming greatness for him and his Sunnah sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. The Salaf have the superiority and excellence of haste to the Sunnah and it is not narrated from anyone of them that the Messenger suggested observing the Mawlid. We follow the Salaf; so what was permissible for them is what is permissible for us, and it is known that following them should be in following their sources and their pathways to watering holes.’ From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed p.16

The Hafidh Abu Fadl bin Hajr al-Asqalani who died in the year (852 A.H.) said in his Fatawa about celebrating the Mawlid: ‘The origin of celebrating the Mawlid is a Bid’ah. It has not been conveyed from anyone from the Salaf as-Saalih of the first three generations.’ From: ‘Hasan al-maqasid fee Amal al-Mawlid’ by Suyootee. & From: ‘Rasil fee Hukm al-Ihteefal bil-Mawlid an-Nabawi’ Vol.2 p.444

As-Sakhawi said in his Fatawa: ‘Celebrating the noble Mawlid has not been conveyed from anyone ofthe Salaf as-Saalih from the first three excellent generations, rather it was invented after them.’ From: ‘Subal al-Huda wa Rashad Fee Seerat Khair al-Abaad’ by Muhammad bin Yusuf Salih p.439 & From: ‘Rasil fee Hukm al-Ihteefal bil-Mawlid an-Nabawi’ Vol.2 p.444

Not From the Way of the Arabs

As-Sayyid ‘Alee Fikri who died in the year (1372 A.H.) in the sixteenth lecture of the book ‘al-Muhadaraat al-Fikreeyah’ (p.128):

‘It was not from the ways of the Arabs that they would celebrate the date of birth of anyone from amongst them and it was not the way of the Muslims – in the times that have preceded. It is mentioned in the books of history – and in other books – that the practice of celebrating the Mawlid of the Prophet -sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam- is from the innovated ways.’ From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed p.17

The ‘Allaama ash-Shaykh Abdul Lateef bin Abdur Rahman bin Hasan bin Imaam Muhammad bin AbdulWahhab said explaining the Da’wah of Imaam Muhammad bin AbdulWahhab:

‘Muhammad bin AbdulWahhab criticized what the people were doing in that and other countries, from proclaiming the greatness of the Mawlid and the 'Eid celebrations of Jahileeyah for which there was no revealed authority raising its status and for which there was no Shari'ah evidence or proof; because in those celebrations and in their time and place is resemblance of the misguided Christians’ 'Eid celebrations and it is falsehood and rejected in the Shari'ah of the leader of the Messengers.’ Taken from ‘Majmoo’ ar-Risail wal-Masail an-Najdeeyah’ Vol.4 p.440 & ‘Durrar as-Saneeyah’ Vol.4 p.409 & From: ‘Rasil fee Hukm al-Ihteefal bil-Mawlid an-Nabawi’ Vol.2 p.438

The best of generations and the best of the people of knowledge did not celebrate the Mawlid

Shaykh Zuhair ad-Deen Jafar at-Tazmantee who died in the year (682 A.H.) said clarifying the ruling of Mawlid: ‘This action was not performed by the Salaf as-Saalih in the early period, even though they revered the Prophet -sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam- greatly, those whose love for him was so great that if you were to gather together our love for him, it would not reach the amount of love of even one of them for him, not even a fraction of it.’ In this is a principle which is free from a need for elaboration and it is not in need of any form of evidence, since the Salaf were more knowledgeable and more pious, nobler and more guided. From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed p.18

The Imam Ibn Katheer ad-Damishqi ash-Shaafia’e who died in the year (774A.H.) said in his ‘Tafseer’ (13/12)

Explaining the saying of Allaah Ta’ala: <> [al-Ahqaaf: 11] ‘Which means that they – the disbelievers – said about those who believedin the Qur’aan, ‘that if the Qur’aan was good then they would not have preceded us to it;’ meaning by this Bilaal, ‘Ammar, Suhaib, Khabbab – and their likes, their peers from the weak, the male-slaves and female slaves. That was only because they believed, with regard to themselves that they had a high rank with Allaah and that He had concern for them!! But they were mistaken, horrendously mistaken! They clearly erred!!

Just as Allaah Ta’ala said: << Thus We have tried some of them with others, that they might say: ‘Is it these (poor believers) that Allaah has favoured from amongst us?’ >> [An’aam: 53] Which means: they are amazed; ‘How were these people guided and not us?!’ That is why the disbelievers said: << ‘Had it been a good thing, they (the weak and poor) would not have preceded us thereto!’>> [al-Ahqaaf: 11] As for Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaah they say about every action and statement – which is not proven from the Companions – that it is a Bid'ah, since if it was good they would have preceded us to it, because they did not leave anything of the qualities of good except that they hastened to it. ’From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed

Principles of Loving according to the Shari'ah

The claim of those who celebrate Mawlid is that they do it due to the love of the Prophet -sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam-. This is a false claim since the evidence for love is to follow and not to go beyond limits in matters just as Allaah Ta’ala said: << Say: ‘If you (really) love Allaah then follow me >> [Al-Imraan: 31]
And Allaah – Subhanahu wa ta'Ala– said: << So stand (ask Allaah to make) firm and straight (on the religion of Islaamic Monotheism) as you are commanded and those who turn in repentance (unto Allaah) with you, and transgress not. Verily, He is All-Seer of what you do. >> [Hud: 112]

Imaam Ibn Katheer said in his ‘Tafseer’ (1/358) explaining the first Ayah: ‘This Ayah is a ruling upon everyone who claims the love of Allah – while he is not upon the way of the Prophet –that he is a liar in his claim unless he follows the legislation of Muhammad and the Prophetic religion in all his sayings and actions.
As is established in ‘the Saheeh’ on the authority of the Messenger of Allah -sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam- that he said: ‘Whoever does an action which we have not commanded then it will be rejected.’ This is why Allah said <> [Al-Imraan: 31] which means: you achieve more than what you request due to your love for Him, which is Him loving you, which is greater than the former. Also, as some of the scholars and wise-people said: ‘The issue is not whether you love Him; rather the issue is whether you are loved.’ Al-Hasan al-Basri and others from amongst the Salaf have said: ‘A people claimed that they loved Allah; so Allah tried them with this Aayah: <>[Al-Imraan: 31]’ Al-Qadi ‘Ayyaad mentioned in ‘Shifaa bi Haqqooq al-Mustafaa’ (2/24): ‘Know that whoever loves something then he follows it and he follows that which itagrees upon otherwise he will not be truthful in his love and will be a mere claimant. So the one who is truthful in his love for the Prophet -sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam- is the one who makes those signs outwardly manifest; the first of which is taking the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- as an example, implementing his Sunnah, following his sayings and actions, fulfilling his commands, keeping away from what he prohibited and to follow his character in ease and hardship and in times of strength and weakness.

The proof for this is Allah’s -Ta’ala – saying: <> i.e.following what Allah legislated above his own desires making his desires in agreement with it. Allah –Ta’ala- said: << and they have no jealousy in their hearts for that which they have been given (from the booty of Banî An-Nadîr), and give them (the emigrants) preference over themselves, even though they were in need of that. >> [Hashr : 9]’ From: ‘al-Hukm al-Haqq fee al-Hihteefal biMawlid sayyid al-Khalq’ by Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed

All Praise belongs to Allah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance.

[1] Imaam Ibn Katheer mentioned his biography in ‘al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah’ (18/370): ‘Shaykh, al-Imaam, possessor of skills…..distinguished & advanced in the knowledge of Arabic grammar - & other sciences - …’

Ibn Farhoon al-Malikee said in ‘ad-Deebaaj al-Madhab’ (2/80): ‘He was a scholar, respected, had many skills in hadeeth, Fiqh, al-Usool, Arabic, literature….’

[2] Ustadh Muhammad bin Muhammad Makhloof mentioned in his biography in the book ‘Shajaratul noor az-Zakeeyah’ : (1/247) saying: ‘He was the Imaam of Garnaatah (a city in Andalus) he was its Muhaddith, its Mufti… he was a Faqihi, scholar, a righteous exemplary…’

[3] Here we can say: Every good is in the following of the Salaf * and every evil is in the innovations of the Khalaf
The transliteration of which is: ‘Kullu khairin fee ittiba’ man Salaf * wa Kullu Sharrin fee Ibtida’ man Khallaf’ (T.N.)
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Re: Celebrating the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم Birthday

Post by Ithar Ghada Faied on Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:08 pm

MAWLID AN-NABI: The Ruling on Celebrating the Prophet's Birthday


Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu 'alaa rasoolillaah, As Salamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuh


I'm sure that most of you are aware, we are now into the month of Rabi-al-Awal, reported to be the month that saw the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam).

The scholars differ over which day the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) was born, but most hold that it was the 12th Rabi-al-Awal, and this seems to be the day that a vast number of Muslims around the world have chosen to celebrate the Prophet's 'Birthday'.


Yes, some may say: "Let us celebrate this day, what a wonderful way to remember our beloved Prophet"

But let's stop and think for a minute... Is it legislated in the Qur'an or Sunnah that Muslims should celebrate the birth of the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam)? Can anyone produce any evidence proving that the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) or his companions (radi'Allahu anhum) celebrated this day? Is there any evidence that suggests the Prophet (sall'allahu alayhi wasalam) commanded us to celebrate his birthday after his death?

The answer to all these questions are: NO!!

And, some may say: "What is the harm in celebrating the birth of our Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam)?"

This may seem a fair question, but the following answer will explain how there is actually great harm in celebrating this seemingly harmless celebration.

"Why?" some may ask. And I will tell you... because of one simple word... INNOVATION!!

In Islam we have been given the Qur'an followed closely by the Sunnah of the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam). We are commanded by Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) to follow His law as set out in the Qur'an and along with this, we are commanded to follow the Sunnah of His Messenger (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam)


Surah Al Hashr: 7

مَّا أَفَاء اللَّهُ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْقُرَى فَلِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ وَلِذِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْيَتَامَى وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ كَيْ لَا يَكُونَ دُولَةً بَيْنَ الْأَغْنِيَاء مِنكُمْ وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

What Allah gave as booty (Fai) to His Messenger (Muhammad) from the people of the townships, - it is for Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad), the kindred (of Messenger Muhammad), the orphans, Al Masakin (the poor), and the wayfarer, in order that it may not become a fortune used by the rich among you. And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it), and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.

So we can see from the above ayah that this is a command from Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) followed by a reminder of Allah's punishment if we don't take heed.

We know from this ayah that we are to follow WHATSOEVER the Messenger (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) gives us.

And what did the Messenger (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) give us?

He gave us his Sunnah, his ways, his sayings, his actions, his approvals and disapprovals of certain acts etc. And not only did he give us his Sunnah, but he gave us a commandment along with it - to stick to his Sunnah.

And how do we know that we are to obey his command to stick to his Sunnah? Because Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) has commanded us to follow WHATSOEVER the Messenger (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) gives us.


The following hadith from ABU DAWUD & At-TIRMIDHI gives a clear indication of the importance of following the Sunnah.

One of the last things the Messenger of Allah (sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam) did was to advise the Muslims.

Narrated Abu Nujeeh: The Messenger of Allah gave us advice that moved our hearts and filled our eyes with tears. We said: O Messenger of Allah, it is as if this is farewell advice, so advise us. He said:

“…I advise you to fear Allah, and to hear and obey if you are commanded by a slave (who is your leader) and he is one who lives among you (you know him well) and you will see many arguments or differences of opinions, so my Sunnah (mandated) upon you and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, stick to it (the Sunnah) {literally – bite down with your molars}, and I warn you of innovations in matters (of religion) for verily, every act of innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the fire…”


And we can see from the above hadith, we are warned by the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) not to innovate in matters of religion. Therefore, we are to abstain from innovation.

And how do we know that we are to follow the Prophet's command to abstain from innovation?

Because Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) has commanded us in the Qur'an that "WHATSOEVER the Messenger forbids you, abstain (from it)"

So what is an innovation?

Innovation also known as Bida' in Arabic is an invented way or path in religion that RESEMBLES the Sharia (Islamic law) with the intention of worshipping Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) to attain His Pleasure.

This means the person committing the innovation is inventing something new, that is not legislated within the Qur'an or Sunnah. The intention behind this newly invented act could be that the person desires to please Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) with their act.

So, in fact those who celebrate the Prophet's birthday believe that they are carrying out a good act by celebrating a day specifically to remember the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam). But, here is where the problem lies.... The act is not legislated in the Qur'an or Sunnah.....it is newly invented, an innovation... which strictly goes against the Prophet's command to abstain from innovation.

And what did the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam) warn us about innovation......?

"...That every act of innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Fire..."

Therefore, by innovating this celebration, we would have deviated from that which is legislated in the Qur'an and Sunnah, we would have become misguided which will lead us to the Fire.

How do we know that this misguidance will lead us to the Fire..... we should all know the answer, we probably hear and say it every day.

"Ihdinas Sirat al Mustaqeem, sirat al ladhina unamta alayhim, ghayril maghdhubi alayhim walad dhaleen (Ameen)"


"Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not the path of those who have earned your anger, nor of those who have gone astray (Ameen)" [Surah Al Fatihaa]

Everyday during our salat we seek Allah's guidance. We know that if we are not on the Straight Path under Allah's guidance then we are most certainly heading along a misguided path towards the Hell-Fire.

Who are those who 'have gone astray' as mentioned in Surah Al Fatihaa?.....they are the Christians.

And why have the Christians gone astray and become misguided? Because they have corrupted their scriptures and innovated and innovated until they have become so misguided that they believe that Isa ibnu Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary) (alayhi salam) is the son of Allah!!! Glory be to He Who is Higher than that which they proclaim.

And how do we know that the Christians have corrupted their religion with innovations and become misguided? Because Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) has told us so in the Qur'an:

Surah Al Hadid: 27

ثُمَّ قَفَّيْنَا عَلَى آثَارِهِم بِرُسُلِنَا وَقَفَّيْنَا بِعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ وَآتَيْنَاهُ الْإِنجِيلَ وَجَعَلْنَا فِي قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ رَأْفَةً وَرَحْمَةً وَرَهْبَانِيَّةً ابْتَدَعُوهَا مَا كَتَبْنَاهَا عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَّا ابْتِغَاء رِضْوَانِ اللَّهِ فَمَا رَعَوْهَا حَقَّ رِعَايَتِهَا فَآتَيْنَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْهُمْ أَجْرَهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ {


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Then, We sent after them Our Messengers, and We sent Isa – son of Maryam, and We gave him the Injil. And we ordained in the hearts of those who followed him, compassion and mercy. But the monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them, but (they sought it) only to please Allah therewith, but they did not observe it with the right observance. So We gave those among them who believed, their (due) reward; but many of them are Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah)


This one ayah alone is proof enough that innovation has lead to corruption.

So I will ask you........ do we really want to become like the misguided Christians, do we really want to corrupt our religion with innovations until we lose our way and are left astray? - authu'billah!! (I seek refuge with Allah from this)

Why do some Muslims feel it is necessary to innovate within Islam. Is Islam not already perfect? By innovating, are we not then suggesting that the religion is somehow flawed or imperfect? Again, I seek refuge with Allah from this suggestion. Islam is not in need of improvement, it is perfect....and how do we know this?

Because Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) has told us so in the Qur'an:

Surah Al Ma’idah 5:3

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلاَمَ دِيناً

“…This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…”

We know from this ayah that Islam is perfect and those who choose to innovate are denying Allah's statement. And by denying Allah's statement they risk losing Allah's Favour........and those who lose Allah's Favour will have only misfortune in its place, earning only Allah's Displeasure.

So let us seek refuge from innovation and misguidance and ask Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) to continue to guide us on the Straight Path, so that we may be among those who earn His Pleasure both in this life and the Hereafter. Ameen.
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