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Do I Need a Proof to Recite the 99 Names and the Throne Verse in a Specific Manner?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, Is it a bad innovation to recite the 99 names of Allah,to recite a name of Allah for a fixed number or to recite the verse of the Throne after every obligatory prayer? Answer: Assalamu ‘alaykum, I hope you are well. General Principle One does not need […]

Are Mawlids Promoting Wrong Beliefs?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam’aleykum, 1. At mawlids, people believe that the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) soul will be present. Is this true? 2. In some mawlids, they say some poetry that basically means, “the provider of provision is Muhammad” Is there any truth to this? 3. Can you stand up to […]

What Is the Ruling of Wiping the Neck in Wudu?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalam’aleykum, Many people have said to me that wiping the neck is an innovation and is forbidden. What is the ruling of wiping the neck in wudu? Answer: Walaikum salam, 1. Wiping the nape [‘the back part of the neck’ – Webster’s] is recommended. [Nur al-Idah, Durral-Mukhtar, Hadiyya al-Ala’iyya] […]

Did I Commit an Innovation by Following My Parents Advice in Praying Supererogatory Prayers?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum, In past Ramadans, I prayed voluntary prayers that had no basis in Islamic law, because my parents said that I would get rewarded for it. Did I commit an innovation? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, It is not an innovation (bid`ah) to pray supererogatory prayers (nafawil). [See: […]

Is It an Innovation to Recite the Qur’an Seeking a Cure?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: I am slowly losing hair on my head, I believe it is hereditary. In any case, I was thinking to recite the three Quls (Ikhlas,Falaq and Nas) three times and blow it on water and wipe my hair with that water in hope to seek blessing and Baraka, and […]

Is Acting on Weak Hadiths an Innovation?

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed Text translated by Sr. Shazia Ahmad Questions: Why did the scholars who follow madhab allow acting on weak hadith? Isn’t this a gross innovation? Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate May His blessings and peace be on […]

Is it Permitted to Place Flowers on a Grave, or is this an Innovation (Bid`a) in Islam?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Asalamu ‘Aleykum Is it bid’a or wrong in any way to place flowers on a family grave? There is much argument about this issue in my family. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. It […]

Is It a Bid’a (Reprehensible Innovation) to Say “Jumu’a Mubarak” (Blessed Friday) to Other Muslims?

Answered by Sidi Faraz A. Khan Question: I was wondering if it is biddah to say Jumma Mubarak to our fellow muslims.  Thank you! Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and faith. I was not able to find any textual basis for the phrase Jumu’a Mubarak […]

The Concept of Bid’a in the Islamic Shari’a

The following is the text of a talk given by Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller at Nottingham and Trent University on Wednesday 25th January 1995. In the name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate There are few topics that generate as much controversy today in Islam as what is sunna and what is bida or […]

Are Weekly Group Dhikr Gatherings a Reprehensible Innovation (Bid`a)?

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari Question: Is it wrong to gather weekly, on a specific day, for a group dhikr including the sending of salat and salam on the Prophet, as some followers of some shaykh named Muhammad Zakariyya do? Is this not going against the sunna? Answer: In the Name of Allah, […]