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عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رضي الله عنها قَالَتْ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم:
«مَنْ أَحْدَثَ فِي أَمْرِنَا هَذَا مَا لَيْسَ فِيهِ فَهُوَ رَدٌّ» متفق عليه. ولمسلم: «مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلًا لَيْسَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْرُنَا فَهُوَ رَدٌّ».

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‘Ā’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Whoever introduces into this matter of ours (Islam) something that does not belong to it shall have it rejected." [Agreed upon] A narration by Muslim reads: "Whoever does something that is not in accordance with this matter of ours shall have it rejected."

Sahih/Authentic. - [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Explanation

The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) clarifies that whoever innovates something in the religion or does something that is not supported by evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah will have it rejected and Allah will not accept it from him.

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Benefits from the Hadith

  1. Acts of worship are based on what is prescribed in the Qur’an and Sunnah. We worship Allah Almighty only in accordance with what He has prescribed and not in accordance with religious innovations and heresies.
  2. Religion is not based on reason or juristic discretion; rather, it is based on following the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him).
  3. This Hadīth is proof of the perfection of the religion.
  4. "Bid‘ah" (religious innovation): It is every belief, saying, or act that is newly introduced in the religion, which neither existed during the time of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) nor during the time of his Companions.
  5. This Hadīth represents one of the fundamentals of Islam. It acts as a criterion for deeds. Every deed that is not exclusively devoted to Allah Almighty, its doer will not be rewarded for it and the same rule applies to every deed that does not conform with the Prophet's Sunnah will be rejected upon its doer.
  6. The prohibited innovations are those related to religion and not those related to worldly affairs.