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Reprehensible Innovations & Primordial Islam




In this brief article servant will discuss how the primordial religion of Islam was altered and what are the essential lessons we learn from Quran and Sunnah regarding reprehensible innovations.


Primordial Religion Of Islam Is Only Accepted Religion:


The primordial religion sanctioned by Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) for all the Prophets is same:


Surah As'Shura (42) Verse 13: The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah - the which We have sent by inspiration to thee - and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).


The religion which Allah approved for Ummah of RasoolAllah (sallalahu alayhi was'salam) is Islam:


Surha Al Imran (3) Verse 19: The religion before Allah is Islam: Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.


This ayah also establishes that religion of all the Ambiyah (alayhis salam) mentioned in 42:13 is Islam. And Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) states that if anyone desires a religion other then Islam, Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) will not accept is on the day of judgment:


Surha Al Imran (3) Verse 85: If anyone desires a religion other than Islam never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good).


The people of book did not abandon the religion of Islam except via jealousy of each other. The people of book divided the religion of Islam, and broke into sects (i.e. Christianity, Judaism):


Surah Al An'a, (6) Verse 159: As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.


Corruption Of Primordial Islam & Killing Of Children.


Coming to the Mushrikeen Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) states that the partners which they had attributed with Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) – Jinns/devils; made fair to them the killing of their children so they are lead to their own destruction, and to cause confusion, to obscure their religion:


Surah Al An'am (6) Verse 137: Even so, in the eyes of most of the pagans, their "partners" made alluring the slaughter of their children, in order to lead them to their own destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If Allah had willed, they would not have done so: But leave alone them and their inventions.


In this verse the religion refered is not polytheism, but the religion of Prophets, the religion of Islam, the religion of Ibrahim (alayhis salam), the religion of Adam (alayhis salam), the primordial religion of Islam. The Mufassireen have hinted toward this interpretation:


Tafsir Al Jalalayn: “... and shurakā’ihim in the genitive as an annexation to qatlu, so that the object in this case intervenes between the two elements of the annexation [qatlu awlādahum shurakā’ihim, ‘their associates killing the children’] — this is acceptable [syntactically] — and the annexation of qatlu to shurakā’ihim [in this latter reading] is on account of them [the associates] commanding [the idolaters to do] this), that they may destroy them and to confuse, to make obscure, their religion for them. Had God willed, they would not have done so; so leave them and that which they fabricate.”


Hazrat Ibn Abbas (radiallah ta'ala anh) in his Tafsir makes it clear here that the religion referred here is the religion of Islam:


Tafsir Ibn Abbas: “(Thus) just as We have made their words and works seem fair to them (have their (so called) partners) among the devil (made the killing of their children) their daughters (to seem fair unto many of the idolaters, that they may ruin them) destroy them (and make their faith) the religion of Abraham and Ishmael (obscure for them. Had Allah willed (it otherwise), they had not done so) i.e. killing their daughters and making it seem fair to them. (So leave them alone with their devices) with their lies when they claim that Allah commanded them to bury their daughters alive.”


The shayateen wanted to obscure the primordial religion of Islam hence they commanded them the burry their daughters alive, and under take various practices:


Surah Al An'am (6) Verse 138: “And they say, "These animals and crops are forbidden; no one may eat from them except whom we will," by their claim. And there are those [camels] whose backs are forbidden [by them] and those upon which the name of Allah is not mentioned - [all of this] an invention of untruth about Him. He will punish them for what they were inventing.”


The prohibitions were made by shayateen, not by Mushrikeen, they only fallowed the instruction of shayateen:


Tafsir Ibn Kathir: “(“They say that such and such cattle and crops are Hijr, ...”) "It is a prohibition that the Shayatin appointed for their wealth, and a type of exaggeration and extremism that did not come from Allah.'' [`Abdur-Rahman] Ibn Zayd bin Aslam said that, [حِجْرٍ] (Hijr,) refers to what the idolaters designated for their deities. As-Suddi said that the Ayah,”


From this we derive the conclusion that religion of Ambiyah (alayhis salam) was Islam, and the Mushrikeen, Yahood, Nasara were originally Muslims who fallowed the shayateens instructions and altered the primordial religion of Islam with reprehensible innovations until it became a different religion which they were fallowing. They made innovations into primordial Islam which were not in harmony with its teachings:


Sahih Bukhari Book 49, Hadith 861: Narrated Aisha: Allah's Apostle said, "If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected."


Here our religion would mean our religion of Islam, or religion of Islam of Prophets (i.e. principles of prophets of religion Islam, that thing is rejected), which should have been rejected but instead they were adopted and practiced.




We learn two fundamental facts, one that religions of all the Prophets, the religions accepted by Allah (subhana wa ta'ala), the religion sanctioned by Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) is religion of Islam. Two, a action which is reprehensible in Sharia of Islam when it becomes a custom/practice then it is judged to be part of religion of Islam.[1] Therefore regardless of what the world religions have become at present, and what the religion of polytheists of Makkah had become in the past, the fact is that Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) judges their actions as corruptions of Islam, considers them to be reprehensible innovations which they made part of Islam, judges it to be confusion of the religion given to them. Therefore at present any action which is reprehensible in nature according to Sharia of Prophet Muhammed (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) and it is being practiced widely as a custom or festival or as an ordinary act by believers or disbelievers they are guilty of practicing blameworthy innovation in Islam, in Islam of the finale Prophet (sallalahu alayhi was'sallam) who was sent to all mankind.


Wama alayna ilal balaghul mubeen.

Muhammed Ali Razavi





- [1] Note this is supported by the fact that Mushrikeen started the practice of killing their children and Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) states this is corruption of religion of Islam: “Even so, in the eyes of most of the pagans, their "partners" made alluring the slaughter of their children, in order to lead them to their own destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If Allah had willed, they would not have done so: But leave alone them and their inventions.” [Ref: Surah 6:137]



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