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Bid‘ah (بدعة‎) is any type of innovation in Islam. In popular usage this has come to mean heresy. From Al-Bada' meaning to create something without precedence. Though new laws are formed all the time to cope with situations or obstacles which Muslims may face in an ever-changing world, this Islamic jurisprudence is extracted from, and cannot contradict,[1][2] the established Shari'ah (consisting of the Qur'an and Sunnah). Hence, bid'ah in worldly matters such as technology, medicine, computers, etc. is allowed, but bid'ah in religious matters are strictly forbidden, as they were by Muhammad himself.[3][4]

See Also

  • Shari'ah - A hub page that leads to other articles related to Shari'ah


  1. Khalid Baig - Sunnah and Bid'ah - Albalagh, May 5, 2001
  2. Concept of Bidah in Islam - Alahazrat International Islamic Web
  3. "A'isha reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who innovates things in our affairs for which there is no valid (reason) (commits sin) and these are to be rejected." - Sahih Muslim 18:4266
  4. "Narrated Aisha: Allah's Apostle said, "If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected." - Sahih Bukhari 3:49:861