This course takes a critical look at what is deemed an innovation in Islam. It clarifies the definition of innovation and the difference between good and bad innovations. Then five cases of perceived innovation are considered and debunked, followed by
five actual cases of innovation that Muslims must be wary of.
The term “innovation” has contemporarily been a controversial and typically negative term for Muslims. With a lack of understanding, many haphazardly use the term incorrectly, leading to confusion for Muslims in general. This course seeks to clarify these confusions by taking a critical look at innovation in Islam.
It does so by analyzing the definition of the term “bid`a” and clearing up what constitutes good innovation and bad innovation. Next, there is a brief look at what the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) had to say about innovations in Islam.
- Teacher: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Define bid`a (innovation).
- Explain what the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said about innovation.
- Differentiate between a praiseworthy and blameworthy innovation.
- Evaluate common examples of innovations that may be misunderstood.