Ruling on reciting Qur'an through microphones and the Ibtihalat

Q 5: What is the ruling of Islam on reciting Qur'an before the Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer using microphones? When a person objects to this act as not related in the Sunnah, they accuse him of preventing the recitation of the Qur'an. What about the Ibtihalat (religious hymns) (Part No. 2; Page No. 496) heard on microphones shortly before the Adhan (call to Prayer) of the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer? When objecting to this baseless act, it is said that it is a good deed aiming at awakening the people for the Fajr Prayer.

A: There is no evidence supporting that such acts were committed during the lifetime of the Messenger (peace be upon him) or any of his Sahabah (Companions). The same goes for the Ibtihalat heard before the Fajr Prayer through microphones. These two acts are Bid`ah (innovation in religion) and every Bid`ah leads to misguidance. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Whoever innovates something in our affairs, which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is to be rejected. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.