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BID'AH. In modern Islamic religious discourse the meaning of the term bid `ah (lit., "innovation") can be understood from the saying attributed to the Prophet: "Any manner or way which someone invents within this religion such that that manner or way is not a part of this religion is to be rejected." The statement of the Qur'an usually quoted in this context further explicates the rationale behind the prohibition: "Today I have perfected your religion [din] for you . . . and I have chosen Islam ...more

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