bid'ah

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bid'ah

in Islam, any innovation that has no roots in the traditional practice (sunna) of the Muslim community. The most fundamentalist legal school in Islam, the Hanabilah (and its modern survivor, the Wahhabiyah sect of Saudi Arabia) rejected bid'ah completely, arguing that the duty of a Muslim was to follow the example set by the Prophet (sunna) and not try to improve on it.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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