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Bidah means innovation in the religion, or something made up and introduced as a part of Islam.

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Is this bid'ah? Is this allowed [duplicate]

Selam alejkum. One individual wants to make every single day 1000 dhikrs with the thought that it is practical and will be helpful to him in the afterlife and this world. For this reason every single ...
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Asking the dead to make dua for you : bidah or shirk?

Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam, Someone I know does the following : He hangs a picture of his dead parents in a photo frame on the wall, he touches the image of his parents and then asks the ...
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Is this thing bid'ah or is it perfectly normal and good?

If you make it a habit that after every salat you repeat for 4 minutes estagfirullah after fajr; 4 minutes la ilahe ilallah after zuhr; 4 minutes el hamdulilah after asr; 4 minutes ja mukal-libel-...
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After Fardh salah saying a wazifah then blow on your fingers and rub your eyes Sunnah?

Some Muslims after a Fardh Salaah recite a wazifah (Allah's name or Ya Nur or Quranic ayah) so many times you then blow on your fingers and rub over your eyes. Virtue of doing so is Allah will ...
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What should be a Muslim's attiutude towards the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, mindfulness and zen buddhism?

I am a practicing Muslim who tries his best (with several shortcomings)to live a life of servitude to Allah (swt). Recently my brother introduced me to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle through the book ...
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Is it permissible to make shabih(replica) of taboot (bier), zari and a'lam(Islamic flag)?

Shias (mostly in South-Asian countries) make replicas of taboot (biet), zari, zuljana and a'lam (Islamic flag) during Muharram processions. From where has this practice started and is it allowed in ...
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what is a bidah (bid-ah), the definition and the way to identify it?

I've read a lot about bid-ah here and other places, but it seems there is no definite meaning for it as someone expands it to anything new even innovations in technology and saying there are good ...
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is the allowed in islam to look at first moon of RABI UL AWAL and put our hands up for dua?

we have listen to many people to that first look at the moon of RABI UL AWAL AND wish what ever you want will probably come true but some people said that it is haram because moon is the creation of ...
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What is Ibn Tamiyyah's evidence for the claim that Hell will be empty eventually?

The Qur'an clearly states that Hell is eternal. Of course I do not think Ibn Tamiyyah is correct, but I am asking because it is unusual for someone who so repeatedly talked of and condemned bid'ah, ...
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Proof for 2 rak'at Nafl after Zuhr, Maghrib, Isha?

In books it mentions that after the Fardh and Sunnah for the above prayers you can optionally pray 2 Rak'at Nafl. Which Hadith says this please?
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Turning hands upside down when telling bad things in du'a that we don't want to happen is bid'at?

Is turning hands upside down when telling bad things in du'a that we don't want to happen is bid'at or it is sunnah? For example in du'a Salâten Tuncina when they say "afat" which means disaster...
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According to Sunni belief, would 'Ali is the Wali' statement added to adhan and ikamah invalidate the salah?

The closest masjid to my residence is Shia. I have been going there for convenience even though I was raised as a Hanafi Sunni. Overall, as the congregational salah is not that much different than ...
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Is raising hands in du'a (dua) bid'ah?

I have many questions about that: Is raising one's hands for du'a after each and every salat bid'a? Is it true that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) never really raised his hands in Du'a except in ...
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Why Hz. Umar changed 8 rakah taraweeh to 20 rakah?

Apparently there are no recordings anywhere that the prophet (pbuh) prayed 20 rakah taraweeh. That the prophet (pbuh) prayed 8 rakah taraweeh. I understand that Umar (may allah be pleased with him) ...
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Is celebrating the birth of the Prophet (SAW) a sinful bidah? [duplicate]

I'm a convert, but follow mostly Sunni teachings from Hanafi or Maliki. I'm wondering if celebrating the birth of the Prophet (SAW) is bidah, and thus a sin. My husband thinks so, but he tends to lean ...
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How did the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) give a dua for efficiency of vehicles running on petrol?

I recently received the below screen grab from a relatively popular TV channel among the people from the sub continent. From what I understand it states that for better efficiency of petrol in your ...
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Which Sunni scholars state that “using technology to propagate the faith of Islam” is a good innovation?

My question relates to item 1. in this Wikipedia snippet about bidah (religious innovation): Sunni Muslim scholars have divided bid‘ah in worldly matters into two types: Good innovations ...
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All bidah are haram or not?

I remember reading somewhere that there are different types of bidah. Some of them are permissible or encouraged, and some others are haraam. However, one of the answers I read on this site mentions ...
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What is a langar - it is served?

I see in masjids of Sufis they have a function say of poems and naats and at the bottom of the flyer it says "Langar will be served". What is that? Is it something bid'ah? This Langar appears on ...
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Would wiping the neck in wudu' be considered makrooh or bid'ah?

All the Ahadith saying to wipe the neck in Wudu are either Da'if (Weak) or Maudoo' (Fabricated). So, would wiping the backside of the neck in Wudu' be considered Makrooh as all the Madhahib say ...
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Is there an agreement on the Prophet's birth date?

Is there a disagreement on the popular date of 12 Rabi' Al-Awwal among scholars or among pro-Mawlid Muslims? Are the Fatimids the origin of the date of 12 Rabi' Al-Awwal?
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Is a procession / march on Mawlid an- Nabi a Sunnah or bid'ah?

Some Muslims who celebrate the birthday of the Prophet [saws] do a march (called a juloos) through their city on that day. If we were to accept that the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet is ...
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Is Salaat an-Nabi (Darood) acceptable before Adhaan?

Some Muslims do this practice of reciting the Salaat an-Nabi or "Darood Sharif" as it is called in the Indian subcontinent. Is this halaal according to the Book of Allah (the Qur'an) and the Sunnah ...
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Earliest record of opposition towards Mawlid

As far as I've researched, the earliest record of yearly Mawlid of Nabi SAW (between 12-17 Rabi Ul Awwal) is during the 1100s initiated by the fatimids [1]. What I want to know is when they started ...
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A sect call Muslims outsiders “Wahhabi”. Allowed?

An Indo-Pak Sufi sect call Muslims outside their group Wahhabis because of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab as he called many of their practices innovations with no basis on Qur'an and Sunnah. Any Muslim ...
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is the film on the story of Islam “The Message” (1976) accurate and permitted? [closed]

I believe there has only been one film "The Message" on the birth of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (saws) and the director used the camera as the Prophet to avoid showing him with an actor. Has there ...
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Is this miswak (tooth stick) method from authentic sunnah?

I was watching this clip from the founder of Dawateislami. There are some things which are new to me about the use of miswak (tooth stick): Miswak shouldn't be longer than a hand-span as it will ...
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Is celebrating the birth of the Prophet a form of innovation?

Is celebrating Mawalid (birth of the Prophet) bidat (innovation)? Please note this question is different of "if Mawalid is Halal or Haram" because one action can be bidat but still halal. Or it might ...
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Ruling on celebration of birth; Is the term 'Bidah' applicable here?

There is a word Bid'ah in Islam and it means innovation in religious matters. Some Islamic scholars says that birthday is Bid'ah as it was not celebrated by any of the prophets, apostles and their ...
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Is using a microphone speaker system an innovation for Adhaan?

These types of arguments come up when discussing the Mawlid with a Muslim who believes it is not an innovation. However, likewise we use taps and showers for wudhu and ghusl but 1400 years ago they ...
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Did Ibn Taymiyyah say Ibn Umar was an innovator in religion?

Assalamou 'Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh Did Ibn Taymiyyah say that Ibn Umar (radwiy Allahu anhu) is a Bidati? Some people said that he did say this, and sent me the following as proof: ...
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Is reciting Takbeer three times after every farj salat in Ayyam-E-Tashrik days a Mustahab work?

During Eid-Ul-Azha, we usually recite Takbeer (Allahu akbar Allahu akbar, La ilaha illallahu Allahu akbar wallahu akbar wa lillahil hamd) after every Farj salat in Ayyam-E-Tashrik one time. But ...
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Why do some reciters add echo to Quranic recitations?

This has been an issue annoying me lately, that sometimes when you are praying in a Mosque or listening to a Quranic recording you can clearly tell that the echo is an added sound and not produced ...
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Is Bida'h a major sin or minor sin?

Haram = any activity prohibited in Islam which is against the moral values and principles. Bida'h = a new practice that people say is a part of Islam, but in fact is not. I know there are many kinds ...
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Is it correct to use Al-Haj before the name of persons who completed their haj?

I saw most of the Muslims who have completed their Hajj add the prefix Al-Haj or Hajito their names, like adding Al-Hafiz to those who finished memorizing the whole Al-Quran. Haji is an honorific ...
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When does qiyas (deductive analogy) become bid'ah (innovation)?

From Wikipedia: In Islamic jurisprudence, qiyas is the process of deductive analogy in which the teachings of the Hadith are compared and contrasted with those of the Qur'an, in order to apply a ...
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Why Umar (r.a) said praying taraweeh in jamaah was “good bidah”?

According to this question all bidah in religion is bad. But good things Hz. Umar said about people who were praying taraweeh with jamaah is known (couldn't find what exactly Hz. Umar said. I will ...
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Giving money to family on Eid

Is it permissible to give money to family members to celebrate the day of eid or is it considered bidah? We used to give gifts, but we want to avoid the usual, 'my present is better than yours'.
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How and when to hug muslim brothers?

I heard that hugging(Mu'anakka) muslim brothers is by placing the head to the right shoulder of other guy. Is it correct? How many times (Mu'anakka) is permissible in Islam(one or three)? I heard a ...
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Is there anything special about fasting in the day of mid-Sha'ban?

While I've always known that fasting the day of Mid-Sha'ban is good and special, and tried to do so most times. Recently I've been told that there's nothing special about it! So to ask, is there ...
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Is extra ibadah considered bidah?

If, for example, I say that I would repeat Subhanallah 10000 times, and Hz. Muhammad (pbuh) didn't advice such thing, is it considered bidah, or should I claim that this ibadah is part of religion in ...
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Is the practice of “melting lead and pouring it into cold water over the head” from Islam?

There are some people that melt lead and pour it into cold water over a person's head believing that this would cure nazar and/or evil spiritual illness. If you don't understand what I mean, see this ...
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Are there any schools of thought which consider the science of Fiqh to be Bidah?

We see that today an Islamic ruling is derived using a set of guidelines and scientific process. Each of the four schools may have different rules to derive a ruling , so can this intricate process ...
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What is the difference between innovation in Islam and introduction in Islam?

In a famous hadith we have that every innovation is an error. It was narrated that Jabir bin 'Abdullah said: "In his Khutbah the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to praise Allah as He deserves to be ...
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Are arcades considered haram?

Asalam wa alakum, well my close friend is celebrating her birthday party, and we are going to the arcades(you know where you pay to play games, then you win a prize and there is also bowling there) so ...
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Why saying “jummah mubarakah” or “eid mubarak” is considered a bidah (innovation)?

It came to a shock on me that saying have a blessed jummah (Friday) is an innovation in Islam because it has never been said by the sahabis nor by our beloved prophet (saw).
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What Salats/prayers are Bid'ahs/innovations?

As is fact, there is a lot of Bid'ahs (بدع)/innovations today. And there are Salawats/prayers that are also innovations, and it is important to know which salat is innovation so you do not fall into ...
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How many rakats are there for Taraweeh Prayer?

In my nearby masjid they used to pray 20 rakats for taraweeh in ramadan. But one of my friend said that it is bid'ah, the actual no.of rakats for taraweeh prayer is 8. So my question is, what ...
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Is the self-flagellation bidah? [duplicate]

The Shiites claim that they're sad of the Imam Hussein death. And for that they make self-harm or self-flagellation (Latm اللطم) every Ashura (عاشوراء) in the purpose of showing their sadness and to ...
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Is sitting (praying) while being able to stand a form of bidah?

A masjid nearby where I live has chairs set out on the side of each row. I understand that there are some elderly people who may need to sit while praying, otherwise it would be difficult for them. ...