Companions of the Prophet  (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), Imaams and jurists, righteous scholars and reformers have all launched hard-hitting campaigns against innovations arising in their times in order to prevent them from becoming popular in the Muslim society, specially in the religious circles. The attraction such innovations have always had among the credulous masses and the way these have served the vested interests of the self-seeking impious groups, have already been alluded to in this verse of the Qur'aan:


O you who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish ) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men ) from the Way of Allah. (9:34)

All those who have fought the innovations had to undergo severe hardships but unmindful of their personal plights they have continued their struggle with the zeal of crusaders and guardians of religion. They were accused by the credulous masses and impious religious groups as reactionaries, dogmatic and bigoted fanatics, but they have remained unconcerned with the campaigns of vilification and persecution. Their forceful haranguing and writings to demonstrate the truth and to expose the aberrations were so successful that several of these innovations were completely rooted out and today we know about them only from the books describing society and culture of the times past. The innovations still existent are being fought vigorously by the right-minded scholars.


Of the believers are men who are true to that which they covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death (in battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have not altered in the least. (33:23 )