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Abd Allah ibn Masoud, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:

“ Follow and do not innovate for the religion is complete. Adhere to the old way ( i.e., the way of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the companions ) 

The Prophet ( may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) said: "Follow and do not innovate.

" It is a command to follow the approach that Allah has prescribed for us in His Book and on the tongue of His Messenger, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to seek its guidance in both the acts of worship and customs. Do not add to the practices of religion anything that is a part of it. The guidance has reached you so that you are on the white path, and your Lord has set the limits which you must not exceed.

Allah has completed to you the religion, which encompasses all the aspects of life. Therefore, you are not in need for the legislation of human beings and the laws they invented with the limited minds and limited consideration.

Following Islam truly is the evidence of the love of Allah and His Messenger, the proof of the validity of faith and the soundness of certainty.

The religious innovation is a violation of the sanctity of the religion, and an accuse of the invalidity of its legislations. Rather, it is a demolition of its construction.

The Islamic religion is complete, no one may increase or diminish anything of it.

In brief:  In the terminology of sharee’ah, bid’ah means something that has been introduced into the religion of Allah that has no general or specific basis to support it. If it has baises in the religion it may br called an innovation linguistically.

The Muslim, who fears the Hereafter and hopes for the mercy of his Lord, must adhere to what is stated in the Qur'an and Sunnah and what is narrated from the righteous predecessors of the companions of the Prophet ( may Allah be pleased with them ) since they were the best of people in terms of knowing the origins and branches of the religion.

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