Explanation of 40 Hadith Of Imam Al-Nawawi by Sheikh Abdur Rahman Naseer Al-Barrak (Hadith no.5)

Explanation of 40 Hadith Of Imam Al-Nawawi by Sheikh Abdur Rahman Naseer Al-Barrak (Hadith no.5)

On the authority of the Mother of the Faithful, Umm `Abdillaah `Aaishah (Radiallahu ‘anhaa), who said: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“He who innovates something in this matter of ours [i.e. Islaam] that is not of it will have it rejected [by Allah]”.

[Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In one version by Muslim it reads: He who does an act which we have not commanded, will have it rejected [by Allaah].


  • This hadith is a principle of Deen and a measure by which the beliefs and actions can be judged
  • This proves that the basis of the religion is the texts of Qur’an and Sunnah
  • That every innovation in the Deen which Allah does not allow is falsehood and rejected
  • That the religion which Allah has ordained is accepted by Allah
  • That every form of worship or transaction which is in accordance to the Sharia is correct and that which is not is not
  • The generalness of the hadith shows the nullification of every prayer or fasting which has been made impermissible and every impermissible transaction
  • That every innovated creed and action is false, such as the Bidah (Innovation) of negating the attribute of Allah and the Bidah of considering that actions are not part of Iman and negating Pre-Decree and declaring one as a disbeliever due to a sin and every Bidah in worship is a falsehood
  • The nullification of every condition and agreement which make Halal haram or Haram Halal, as the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi was sallam said “Which condition is not in the book of Allah, it is false even if they are a hundred conditions”
  • It points to the fact the will be innovations in the religion
  • That when an action is haram then it doesn’t occur
  • That the judgement of a judge does not change what the Sharia mentions
  • That from the end results of sins is that actions are ruined and that intentions are not achieved
  • The innovator is detested in the Deen
  • That the Deen is not based upon opinion or what is simply thought to be good
  • It shows that the Deen is already complete.

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