Praise be to Allah.
#Bidah is any new #belief or action for which there is no sanction or authorization in #religion . Bid`ah could be in beliefs and it could be in practices.
As Muslims, we are required to follow #Allah and His #Messenger . #Almighty Allah says:
“And this is a Book which We have revealed as a blessing: so follow it and be righteous, that you may receive mercy.” (Al-An`am 6: 155) “Then We put you on the (right) Way of Religion: so follow that (Way), and follow not the desires of those who know not.” (Al-Jathiyah 45:18) “Say: Obey Allah and His Messenger: but if they turn back, Allah loves not those who reject Faith.” (Aal `Imran 3:32) We must follow, obey and submit to Allah and His rules.
There are, however, matters in Islam in which we are allowed to innovate, learn and change.
In most of our #worldly matters, the #shariah leaves us to make our own decisions. It is for this reason that the #scholars say that the basic rule for all customs and #habits is that of permissibility unless a #legal #evidence #prohibits any of them.
In other words, anything that is not expressly prohibited in the #Quran and the authentic #Sunnah , is permissible.
For example in the acts of #worship , we have restrictions. Thus, when we do any #prayer or do any act of worship we must have a #proof from the Qur’an and Sunnah indicating that this type of prayer or worship is #permissible
Similarly, when we say that something is #forbidden (haram) or #obligatory (fard) we must have a clear proof from the Shari`ah.
However, there are many habits, customs and #cultural ways of the past, present or future that are acceptable in the Shari`ah as long as they do not violate the clear texts of the Qur’an and Sunnah and the #universal principles and objectives of #Islamic law.
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