teeja and ghyarwa

Question: What is the ruling concerning the serving of food after forty days of a person’s demise. Please also inform me with regards to teeja and ghyarwa functions. Someone says that such issues should not be raised as it destroys unity.

Answer: These are functions which have no basis in Islam. There was no forty days etc. function for Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam, any of the Sahaabah or any of the Imaams. Do we understand Islam better than them?  Unity and Bid’ah don’t go hand in hand. In Hadith mention has been made that the Arsh of Allah shakes when a bid’ati is honoured. When Allah is so angry, how are the hearts going to be united?