Innovation

Question

What is the significance of performing an action not approved by the Holy Prophet (sws)?


Answer

Considering something a part of the religion at one's own will is condemnable. A Muslim will be held accountable only for moral obligations or the actions declared by the holy prophet as parts of the religion. Actions and deeds of any other person cannot gain religious status. A person who calls some of his personal acts and deeds as part of the religion is an innovator. A believer who does not follow such innovations saves his religion.

Translated by: Abid Mahmood Hashmi

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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