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Definition of innovation

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Question:

What is the definition of innovation (bidah) in religion?

Zaynab El-Kateb:

An innovation is simply doing or saying something which the Prophet, peace be upon him, never did. Innovations are in acts of worship, meaning that you do an act to gain Allah’s pleasure or reward.  Any act of worship is prohibited except when there is a proof that the Prophet, peace be upon, him did it.

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