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  Innovation in Light of the Perfection of the Shari'ah
Author: Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen
Source: Eng. Trans. By Abu 'Iyad as-Salafi
Article ID : BDH020003  [29211]  
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Verily, all praise belongs to Allaah alone, we praise Him, seek His aid and His forgiveness. We repent to Him and seek refuge in Him from the evils of our souls and the evils of our actions. Whomsoever Allaah guides there is none to misguide and whomsoever He misguides there is none to guide. I bear witness that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allaah alone and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. Allaah sent him with the guidance and the true religion and he conveyed the message, fulfilled the trust, advised the ummah and strove for Allaah as He ought to be strived for until there came to him the certainty. He left his ummah on a pure and clear path, whose night is like its day and none deviates from it except one who is destroyed.

He explained (in this clear path) everything which the ummah is in need of in all of its affairs (to such an extent) that Abu Dharr (ra) said: "The Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did not even leave a bird flapping its wings in the sky except that he mentioned to us knowledge regarding it." Also a man from among the mushrikoon (pagans) said to Salmaan al-Farsee (ra): "Your Messenger teaches you (so much), even toilet manners." So Salmaan replied: "Yes! He has also forbidden us to face the qiblah while passing water or excrement or that we clean ourselves with less than three stones, or that we clean ourselves with the right hand or that we clean ourselves with dung or bones."

You will see that Allaah the Exalted has explained in this Great Qur'aan the fundamentals of the religion and its branches. He has explained Tawheed with all its types, the etiquette of meeting in gatherings, and seeking permission to enter peoples houses. The Exalted said:

O you who believe! When you are told to make room in the gatherings then make room (spread out). Allaah will (in turn) make ample room for you.

And He also said:

O you who believe! Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission and saluted its inhabitants. That is better for you, in order that you may remember. And if you find none in the house then do not enter until permission has been given to you. If you are asked to go back then go back. That is more pure for you and Allaah has full knowledge of all that you do.

He has also explained the manners of dress. He the Exalted said:

The elderly women who do not desire marriage, there is no blame upon them if they put aside there outer garments without making a display and show of beauty .

O Prophet. Say to your wives, your daughters and the women of the believers that they should put their outer garments over themselves (their bodies). That will be better in order that they may be known as such (free and respectable women) and not be harmed or abused.

And that they should not strike their feet so that what they hide from their beauty becomes known.

And it is not righteousness that you enter the houses from the rear but righteousness is the (quality of the) one who fears (Allaah. So enter houses through their proper doors.

And other such numerous verses by which it is made clear that this complete and comprehensive religion is not in need of any addition just like it is not permissible to make any decrease in it. This is why Allaah the Exalted said in describing the Qur'aan

And We have revealed to you the Book (O Muhammad) , as a clarification and explanation for every single matter.

There is no such thing which mankind is in need of in their life and livelihood except that Allaah has explained it in His Book whether it is by the text (itself), or by an indication, or by something made explicit or something which is understood from the text (but is not in the text).

My dear Brothers, there are some amongst the people who explain the speech of Allaah:

There is no creature upon the earth or bird in the sky which flaps it wings except that it forms part of communities just like yourselves. We have not left anything out of the Book and then to your Lord will you be gathered.

They explain: "We have not left anything out of the Book...", by saying that the Book referred to is the Qur'aan. What is correct however, is that the Book is the Preserved Tablet.

As for the Qur'aan, Allaah has described it in a way which is more deep and profound than what has been mentioned in the above verse about the preserved tablet by negating the ommission of anything from it. He said:

And We have revealed to you the Book, as a clarification and explanation for every single matter

This is more profound and clear than His speech:

We have not left anything out of the Book.

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