What is the all inclusive definition of bidat

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Q: What is the exact, complete, all-inclusive definition of bidat, please explain with current examples.


A: Bid’ah is to regard something as part of Deen which has not been established authentically from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and Sahaaba or contrary to the prescribed manner that has been established from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and Sahaaba. An example of bid’ah is increasing words of the azaan.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها ، قالت : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : (من أحدث في أمرنا هذا ما ليس منه فهو رد (رياض الصالحين)

البدعة في المذهب ايراد قول لم يستن قائلها وفائلها فيه بصاحب الشريعة وأمثالها (المفردات ص36)

ما أحدث على خلاف الحق المتلقى عن رسول الله من علم أو عمل أو حال بنوع شبهة واستحسان وجعل دينا قويما وصراطا مستقيما (رد المحتار 1/561)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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