The Excellent Innovation in the Quran and Hadith
Series: Sunna Notes Volume 2 - Studies in Hadith & Doctrine
Author: Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad
Sayyidina ‘Umar (r) during his caliphate gathered the multifarious groups praying tarawih into a single congregation. Ubay ibn Ka‘b (r) said: ‘This was not done before!” Sayyidina ‘Umar (r) said “I am fully aware of this, but it is excellent!”
Nowhere in the field of Islamic jurisprudence is a blatant tampering with the truth felt more than in the redefinition of “Sunna” and “bid‘a”. The understanding of for these terms is arrogantly cast aside. The crystal-clear distinction of the pious Salaf such as Imam al-Shafi‘i, “Bid‘a is of two kinds; praiseworthy innovation and blameworthy innovation” is being abandoned, while later, controversial figures are invoked as “more representative of the Salaf”. The discourse on right and wrong has been perverted and entire generations of Muslims have been weaned on these false notions. Choice victims for this campaign of disinformation in our time are Muslims in the West.
The intent of this book is to do away with these perilous misconceptions and to present over 160 proofs for the Sunni understanding of Sunna and bid‘a as set forth in classical, moderate, mainstream Islam according to the Sunni Salaf and Khalaf, including the four Schools of Fiqh. Additionally, the book provides case studies on topics such as collective supplication, partitions for women in mosques, and proofs for visitation of graves by women.
The author, Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad, is a renowned Lebanese-born Islamic scholar, hadith expert, author, and translator of classical Islamic texts. His work is highly regarded in the Muslim world and he is considered one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West.
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