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The Concept of Bid’ah


أَمَا إِنَّه مَا يَذْهَبُ الإسلامُ وَلَكِنْ يَذْهَبُ أَهْلُ السُّنَةِ، حَتَّى مَا يَبْقَى فِي الْبَلَدِ مِنْهُم إِلاّ رَجُلٌ وَاحِدٌ

“Indeed, Islam will not disappear. However, Ahlus Sunnah (the people of Haqq) will disappear to the extent that none will remain from them, in any one country, except a single man.”

(The Great Imam of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen, al-Awza’ee (88 – 158 AH), explaining the authentic Ahadith regarding the end of times, when the pure Deen will have become Ghareeb (strange, lone, forlorn) despite the Muslims and their “Ulama” being very many) 


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Mawlid – The Conclusive Fatwa

“I do not know of any basis for this Mawlid, neither in the Book nor in the Sunnah. Its practice has not been recorded from any of the ‘ulamā’ of the Ummah who are the model of Religion, who held fast to the ways of the early ones…the Sharī‘ah has not given permission for this, nor did the ṣaḥābah practise it, nor the tābi‘īn, and nor the practising ‘ulamā’, as far as I know. This is my answer to it in the presence of Allāh if I am asked about it…Nor is it possible for it to be permissible because innovation inside the Religion is not permissible by consensus of the Muslims….[The first type of Mawlid] is that a man practises it from his own wealth, for his family, associates and dependents, not going beyond eating food in this Gathering, nor perpetrating any sin. This is what we characterise as a reprehensible bid‘ah and an abomination, since none of the early ones from the people of obedience practised it – who are the Jurists of Islām, the ‘ulamā’ amongst the creation, the lamps of the ages and the adornment of the places...”

[Allamah Taj al-Deen al-Fakihani (654 – 731 AH)]

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