Innovation in Ibadah as defined in Qur’an and Sunnah

Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee, rahimahullaah, said,

“That a servant meets Allaah with every sin except Shirk
is better than meeting Him upon any of the innovated beliefs.”

Reported by al-Baihaqee in al-I’tiqaad (p.158)

The Noble Qur’an Al-Hijr 15:9Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).
The Noble Qur’an An-Nisa’ 4:171

O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)!  Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth.  The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and Allah’s Word, (“Be!” — and he was) which Allah bestowed on Mary and a spirit (Ruh) created by Allah; so believe in Allah and Allah’s Messengers.  Say not: “Three (trinity)!”  Cease! (it is) better for you.  For Allah is (the only) One Ilah (God), Glory be to Allah (Far Exalted is Allah) above having a son.  To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs.
Hadith – Muslim, Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah

When Allah’s Messenger (sas) delivered the sermon, his eyes became red, his voice rose, and his anger increased so that he was like one giving a warning against the enemy and saying: ” The enemy has made a morning attack on you and in the evening too.” He would also say: ” The last Hour and I have been sent like these two,” and he would join his forefinger and middle finger. He would continue: ” The best speech is that embodied in the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance given by Muhammad. The most evil affairs are their innovations; and every innovation is an error.” He would add: ” I am dearer to a Muslim than even his self. He who has left behind property, that is for his family, and he who dies in debt or leaves children (in helplessness), the responsibility (of paying his debt and bringing up his children) lies on me.”
Hadith – Bukhari 9:391, Narrated Abu Huraira (ra)

The Prophet (sas) said, ” Leave me as I leave you, for the people who were before you were ruined because of their questions and their differences over their prophets. So, if I forbid you to do something, then keep away from it. And if I order you to do something, then do of it as much as you can.”
Hadith – Bukhari 9:396, Narrated Anas (ra)

We were with ‘Umar and he said, “We have been forbidden to undertake a difficult task beyond our capability (i.e. to exceed the religious limits, e.g., to clean the inside of the eyes while doing ablution).”
Hadith – Al-Tirmidhi #1306, Narrated AbuMusa al-Ash’ari (ra) , Transmitted by Ibn Majah.

Allah’s Messenger (sas) said, Allah, the Exalted and Glorious looks down on the middle night of Sha’ban and forgives all His creation except a polytheist or one who is mushahin (innovator in religion and out of the main stream of the community).
Hadith – Abu Dawud, Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib

The Prophet said, If anyone introduces an innovation in the religion, he will be responsible for it. (Good or bad). If anyone introduces an innovation or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (in the religion) he is cursed by Allaah, by His angels and by all the people.
Hadith – Al-Tirmidhi #5142, Narrated AbuBakr as-Siddiq

You people recite this verse, “You who believe, care for yourselves; he who goes astray cannot harm you when you are rightly guided.” I heard Allah’s Messenger SAAWS say, “When people see something objectionable and do not change it, Allah will soon include them all in His punishment.”   [Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi, who declared it to be sahih, transmitted it.]
Hadith – Bukhari and Muslim, Narrated Abu Sa’id, r.a.

The Prophet SAAWS said, “Surely, you will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, in everything as one arrow resembles another, (i.e. just like them), so much so that even if they entered a hole of a sand-lizard, you would enter it.”

    They said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! Do you mean to say that we will follow the Jews and the Christians?”

    He SAAWS replied, “Whom else?” (By meaning the Jew and Christians)
Noble Qur’an – Al-Imran 3:103

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an) and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another, but Allah joined your hearts together, so that, by Allah’s Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith) and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and Allah saved you from it.  Thus Allah makes Allah’s Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.

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