People with a particular religious mindset and specific viewpoint make overuse of such terms as ‘polytheism’ and ‘innovation’, which happens to be incorrect and out of context in most cases. Invoking these terms unthinkingly, they churn out religious edicts aimed at portraying people infidel, polytheist and misled. They unabashedly invoke the Quranic verses and Hadith for Muslim Umma, which were otherwise revealed about infidels. This is an extremely cruel and ignorant practice.

In Kitab-ul-Bida, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has responded to the criticism and objections on the concept of innovation in such a reconstructive manner and in the light of the Holy Quran, Sunna, sayings of the holy companions and grand jurists that a lot of confusions and misunderstandings that surrounded the concept of innovation have been removed. Kitab-ul-Bida is a compilation of those lectures and speeches of Shaykh-ul-Islam which he delivered to different intellectual gatherings.

The correct concept of innovation has described in this book in the light of the Holy Quran, Hadith, sayings of holy companions and respected jurists and it has been proven with authentic arguments that every innovation is neither illegal nor forbidden. Rather only that innovation is forbidden, which has no origin or example in the Holy Quran or Sunna and which is in clear and manifest violation of some injunction of Islamic law. Contrary to this, a new thing which does not violate the Islamic law but can be categorized under good and pious acts, will fall under the literal definition of innovation because the literal meaning of innovation is something which is new.


Direct the believing men to keep their eyes always lowered and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely, Allah is Well Aware of (the works) which they are busy doing. (Sura an-Nūr, 24 : 30)

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