bid'ah (innovation) means 'a newly invented matter'.
Sharee'ah definition of bid'ah is: "A newly invented
way [beliefs or action] in the religion, in imitation of the
Sharee'ah (prescribed Law), by which nearness to Allaah is
sought, [but] not being supported by any authentic proof -
neither in its foundations, nor in the manner in which it
of ash-Shaatibee (1/37)