Hadith from Abu Dawud.
Book 2. Prayer. Hadith 1495.
Narrated By Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas : Once Sa’d, with the Apostle of Allah (saw), visited a woman in front of whom were some date-stones or pebbles which she was using as a rosary to glorify Allah. He (saw) said: I tell you something which would be easier (or more excellent) for you than that. He said (it consisted of saying): “Glory be to Allah“ as many times as the number of that which He has created in Heaven; “Glory be to Allah“ as many times as the number of that which He has created on Earth; “Glory be to Allah“ as many times as the number of that which He has created between them;
“Glory be to Allah“as many times as the number of that which He is creating;“Allah is most great“ a similar number of times; “Praise (be to Allah)“a similar number of times; and “There is no god but Allah” a similar number of times; “There is no might and no power except in Allah” a similar number of times.
The word ‘Bid’ah’ literally means innovations. In Shari’ah, it means to introduce something new in Deen which was never done before and not part of Deen.
There are two types of innovations,
a) Regarded as Deen – this is absolutely Haraam, and
b) Not regarded as Deen, e.g. computers, technology, planes,prayer beads etc. – this is not Haraam.
From this, the majority Ulama agreed upon this that there is Bid’at Hasanah and Bid’ah Sayyi-a
a) Bid’at Hasanah – everything that is beneficial and does not contradict nor go against the Qur’aan and Sunnah. It is acceptable and falls under Bid’ah Hasanah, e.g. construction of Madaaris, hospitals, library, compilation of books. In a Hadeeth Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) encourages us towards those works that will benefit us without going against the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
b) Bid’ah Sayyi-ah is that which goes agains the Qur’aan and Sunnat. This is absolutely Haraam, e.g. forming another way of worship, etc.
Below is the fathwa of Radul mukhthaar which is accepted by the Ahli sunnah