"If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected."
Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him)
Innovation in religion is known as Bid’ah, Allah & his prophet cursed those whom are innovating in religion, for it’s one of the most detestable of things to Allah, are the innovations. Every day we are coming up with new innovation in our religion (Bi’dah). The Reason for innovating in our perfect religion is Ignorance, Ignorance of our religion and it’s teaching; this includes basing our innovations on False Hadiths. We are continuously following ones’ whims and blind intimation of some whom we think are great or maybe driven by the mass. Another reason is our attachment to our emotions regardless if they are positive or negative. I admit that one of the reasons in the increase number of Bid’ah is because we are not having enough scholars and people fighting and refuting the Bid’ah.
On the 2nd of November, thousands of people in the UAE remembered their great leader of UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. There is nothing wrong in remembering such a great man; however what’s incorrect is specifying a day in the calendar to remember him, organizing events in memory of the Sheikh Zayed, a minute to stand up quietly, a 5 minute to unit and pray all together, unifying status and picture in mobiles...etc
Those who are doing this actually proving their love and loyalty to the man and country are not honest, as they seem. When we love someone dearly and then remember him only one day in the year is this called love? In day-to-day life we usually come across people in our life who say all great words but in the end, it's always their actions that matter. Love shouldn't be blamed just because some claims they "Love".
When we are standing quietly, filled with grief only in this specific day to show our gratitude and love to our beloved is similar to those who Allah forbid us to follow their steps. I may understand some of the ignorant may organize events in the memory of Allah’s Messengers for they are perfect human beings but I can’t believe a nation forgetting their prophet and remembering a man below his rank. Allah & His Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him should be dearer than all in our life. Prophet Mohammed Said: “None of you will have faith until he has more love for me than for his parents, his children, and all humanity." Prophet Mohammed the greatest human being who set his foot on earth, Allah’s beloved, yet we are not allowed to stand in silence or form parities in the memory of his death.
There are two conclusions in this act that’s spreading and growing bigger. One is that they Love Sheikh Zayed more than Prophet Mohammed (Meaning we have no faith). The Second conclusion, they love Prophet Mohammed more but they believe they are not allowed to form such events for Prophet Mohammed but allowed for Sheikh Zayed (Meaning Allah gave more permissions to Sheikh Zayed). Imagine Allah forbade the leader (Mohammed) from doing such acts and allowed the follower (Sheikh Zayed) to do. Did you realize now how our acts are resulting in ugly conclusions? We should spread knowledge and warnings against the dangers of such acts and its evil affects for every innovation in religion is misguidance, even if the people see it as something good.
I really respect and love Sheikh Zayed, I myself and my family had great personal experiences with our great leader. When needed, Sheikh Zayed was always there always seemed to care. His heart was filled with kindness doing his best to remove human's sadness. He had always the right things to say at the right time. He was the stone that kept us strong all along, it’s sad he is not here anymore, may Allah bless his soul. Just because we love someone we shouldn’t do wrong and disobey someone we have greater love for, the most merciful the most gracious, Allah.