I’ve never appreciated the concept of bida in Islam (innovation in Islam) and I came to finally understand it the other day.
Most Muslims understand it to refer to something that we simply should not do but don’t understand why. There is a hadith that says “every bida is in the Fire.” But we still wonder, why?
Look at the Christians today, their entire religion is so chaotic that they have to invent new practices for their followers. And so the question becomes in Islam why does Islam need innovations? Why do we need new practices?
The answer is we don’t. Islam satisfies everything and is more than enough to satisfy our quench and so what is there the need for anything else? The Jannah that is Islam needs not the fruits of Earth.
There is also a difference between religious practices that are bida and other things that are merely the fruits of Islam–things that come out of the hearts of the worshipers that enhance the emaan of the Muslims. These things, not unlike anything else, can be introduced into religious practices. This is a discussion that is better suited for another time however due to it’s complexity and historical connotation.
However, we should be grateful that Islam is not like Christianity which is destroyed beyond repair.
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.