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Are We Allowed to Create New Types and Styles of Adhkaar (remembrances of Allah e.g. SubhanAllah) and Duaa (Supplications)

 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

No doubt adhkaar and dua’s are among the best forms of worship, and worship is one of the matters in which there is no room for personal opinions – we have to follow what the Prophet (ﷺ) did and taught, not our own whims and desires or innovations. The dua’s and adhkaar of the Prophet (ﷺ) are the best that anyone could find. The one who follows this way will be safe and sound, and the benefits and positive results that he will gain are beyond description. Any other dua’s and adhkaar may be haraam or they may be makrooh; they may involve shirk even though most people do not realize that – the details of this would take too long to explain here.

 

No one has the right to teach the people any kinds of dua’s or adhkaar apart from those that are mentioned in the Sunnah, or to make it a kind of regular worship which he expects the people to do regularly as they do the five daily prayers – this is the innovation in religion which Allaah does not allow… As for adopting a wird or regularly reciting a dhikr that is not prescribed in sharia, this is one of the things that is not allowed. The dua’s and adhkaar prescribed by sharia are the best that anyone could ever hope to find, and no one ignores them in favor of newly-invented, innovated adhkaar except one who is ignorant, negligent or a wrongdoer.”

 

(Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 22/510-511)

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