Muslims have to avoid bid'ahs (religious innovations) and beware of them for the Prophet ﷺ said, "He who does an act which we have not commanded, will have it rejected (by Allah)." and he ﷺ also said, "Avoid novelties [in religion], for every novelty is a bid'ah, and every bid'ah is deviation.".

  1. This Shari’ah is fully established by Allah, and needs no human to complete it, as Allah states, “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5: 3).
  2. The fundamental rule on the acts of ‘Ibadah (worship) is that it is Tawqifiyyah (bound by a religious text from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and not subject to personal opinion). Whoever claims that an ‘Ibadah is legitimate should provide evidence to support it; otherwise, it is rejected. It is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ stated, “He who innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam) that is not of it will have it rejected (by Allah).” In another narration, “He who does an act which we have not commanded, will have it rejected (by Allah)”

As for the meaning of Bid`ah, linguistically it means creating something new, with no previous example to follow; while in Shari’ah it means innovating a form of verbal, practical, or creedal ibadah which is not legislated by Allah (Praised and Exalted be He). Every Bid’ah leads to misguidance, according to what the Prophet ﷺ stated.

See also Ruling on describing wordly investions as bidah

Fatwas on Bid'ah :

Ruling on carrying the wife of the deceased

Ruling on preparing food for the people who attend the funeral

Ruling on bury a Mushaf or Qur'an in the grave of deceased

Ruling on gathering on the Prophet's Mawlid

Every bid'ah is a going astray

Ruling on reciting Surah Ya-Sin over the dead

Ruling on reciting the Qur'an over the dead for a fee

Ruling on hiring people to recite Qur'an for the dead

Act of Jahiliyyah in Muharram

Ruling on Celebrating Valentine’s Day

The ruling on supplications accompanied by music

Ruling on reciting Al-Fatihah for the deceased when visiting his grave

What is the origin of the forty-day anniversary?

Ruling On Reciting Al-Fatihah At The Time Of A Man's Proposal To A Woman

Ruling on Anasheed

Was the Ka'bah clad with a covering at the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)?

What is the meaning of Bid'ah?

The meaning and types of Bid'ah

Acts of worship are Tawqifi

Ruling on extravagant and lavishness during funerals

Ruling on describing worldly inventions as Bid'ah

The meaning of 'Newly invented things'

Ruling on making Sujud and slaughtering for other than Allah out of ignorance

Ibn Taymiyyah did not approve celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid

Ruling on celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid during Rabi' Al-Awwal in his honor

Celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid

Ruling on celebrating the Prophet's Mawlid

Ruling on reciting Quran over the dead

Bidahs committed in funerals

Some practices done upon burial

Ruling on seeking help from the Messenger when digging the grave

On a habit dated to occur twenty, thirty or forty days after the time of death

When there is a funeral, lines of lamps are hung, chairs are brought and reciters of the Qur'an are hired to recite the Qur'an

Ruling on building domes over graves

Ruling on holding funeral ceremonies

Ruling on saying Sadaqallah Al-Adhim when finishing reading the Qur'an

Ruling on carrying flags for Awliya

Do Awliya’ have authority over anyone?

Ruling on congratulating others in the new Gregorian or Hijri years or the Mawlid

Ruling on slaughtering animals, engaging in Dhikr and beating drums during celebrations of Mawlid

Ruling on sleeping on the ground for forty days as mourning over the dead

Ruling on slaughtering sheep for the deceased

Ruling on three pieces of clay for the dead

Ruling on Al-Uns Salah

Ruling on a wife of the deceased wears a white dress and does not take a bath

Ruling on relatives of the deceased sitting beside the grave

Ruling on Adhan after burying the dead in the grave

Ruling on Prophet's songs

Ruling on setting up tents beside the graves

Ruling on placing Henna in the Grave with the Deceased

Ruling on placing book in the grave

Claiming to have dream of deceased who command him to build a shrine for the deceased

Ruling on hanging photos of the deceased at home