Innovations in Islam - Bidat

The time and era in which our beloved Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) lived is very much different from today. The ornamentation of the Mosque walls, the elegance of the mehrab [arch] and the mimbar [pulpit], and the splendor of the tomb and minarets were not common in the days of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) as we see today. All these are new things are but liked much by all and sundry. It is because time is dynamic and does not stay in a static place. 

   Sunna and Bida



Certainly there are some Hadiths, which prohibit the extravagant expenditure over the unnecessary decoration of the Holy Quran and Mosques, but none of the schools of thought raised any voice against such extravagance of energy, time and money, because of their acceptance of the dynamic force of time. During the course of centuries, we all have adopted many new things, the use of which is the violation of the Shariah. The erecting of grand houses, the town planning of the large and over-populated cities and towns, and extravagant expenditure of show of vanity in everyday life, all are clear violation of Shariah. There is none to object, but we see that all are busy in these wrongful practices.


The greetings of the national flag and reverence to the national anthem, and many other such things are more modern. All salute the national flag, and stand up with reverence in the assemblage of the national anthem. Nobody objects to these innovations, but when we talk about the Darud-o-Salaam [Blessings and Greeting to Mustapha peace be upon him], some people are disappointed and displeased, but they stand respectfully during the national flag and anthem ceremony at the occasions. They stand and salute the flag and sing the anthem univocally of the country, which was achieved in the name of Mustapha (Allah bless him and give him peace), but egotistically and abruptly object the Darud-o-Salaam to the Greatest Man (peace be upon him). 


Should we not sacrifice a thousand flags and anthems on his footsteps for his Magnificence? Today, what we have and what we are, including our soul and body are all owed to the Prophets blessings and prayers. Our words and deeds are afflicted with contradictions and opposites. Talking about the Deen depends on our sweet discretion; otherwise we quietly avoid the topic. Many Muslims have inadequate knowledge of the rights that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam has over them


What does it means to love the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam? The one who truly knows and loves the beloved of Allah, the answer is simple. To love the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam means to obey him. Love without following is meaningless. It is an easy thing to claim but difficult to prove because real love manifests itself in actions, not in words.


Emulation is dependent on knowledge and His Eminence emphasized our duty to learn more about the Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam. Read about his life, his miracles, his character and the characteristics that were specific to him. Read how the Sahaba [Companions] loved him more than they loved everything else, how they emulated him and sacrificed everything for his sake.


Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri launched a jihad [war] against the elements of contradiction and combination of opposites. If with the change of circumstances, one thing is permissible according to a principle; other such things should also be permissible according to the same principle and procedure, particularly such things that are related to the dignity of Prophet Mustapha (Allah bless him and give him peace), aimed and desired by the Holy Quran.


For the innovations [bidat], Imam Ahmad Raza Khan’s thought and verdict is that anything which has not been prohibited [forbidden] by the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), the teacher and interpreter of the Shariah; and secondly, that which strengthens the aims and objectives of the Shariah, should be permissible.


In Sufism, unlike most other disciplines or methods of inquiry into consciousness, the capacity for and awareness of consciousness or existence is in the heart rather than in the mind. In Sufism, ignorance refers to the individual's psychospiritual blindness, lack of insight, preoccupation with pride, and self-conceit. The heart of the human being is the locus of receiving spiritual truth, and the truth that the individual is capable of receiving depends upon the qualities of heart.


Imam Ahle Sunnat Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (may Allah be pleased with him) dedicated his entire life to the religion of Islam and acted as a shield against those who wanted to assault the principles of the Ahl-e Sunnat wa Jamaat, for he was truly a great defender of the Faith. On his visit to Mecca and Medina, he was greeted with dignity and was conferred upon the title of 'Imam-e Ahl-e Sunnat' by eminent theologians. They hailed him as a 'Reformer of this Century', and adopted him as their Spiritual Guide; therefore he can rightfully be termed as the Savior of the Sunni Creed.


The Imam has communicated a message in every field of life and obligations, such as religion and belief, education, economics, rational sciences, sociology, etc. He struggled hard to cleanse the Muslim society from the innovations, impermissible and condemned by Shariah.