Is Reciting Certain Dhikr Bid’a?

Question:

People here recite this — “‘inni Wajjahtu wajhiya lilladhi fatar-as-samawati wal arda hanifan wama ana min-al-mushrikin”. I have been reciting the same, but recently, I came to know that it is bid’a to do so. Is it really bid’a? If not, what is the evidence for it being permissible?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Do not worry, this is not a bid’a. You may recite this as much as you want. It is a verse of the Qur’an [Qur’an, 6:79], and you should seriously question the religious knowledge of someone who says reciting something from the Qur’an is a bid’a.

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[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.