Innovations pertaining to visiting the grave of the Prophet

Reference: al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 240
Majallah ad-Da’wah – No.1612, Page 37

Question: Are there any innovations which some people fall into [when] at the grave of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)?

Response: From the innovations that take place at the grave of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is much frequentation. For example, whenever he enters the masjid, he goes and says ‘salaam’ to him and sits near the grave. The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«Do not take my grave as a place of [much] frequentation», [Musnad Ahmad, Musannaf ‘Abdur-Razzaaq].

Rather, it is recommended for one who arrives from a journey to visit it. Also, from the innovations that occur at the Messenger’s grave or other than that is the assumption that the supplication there is accepted. On the contrary, it is legislated to send salutations upon him (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and if he wants to supplicate then it is [to be] done in any part of the masjid and if it is done after the prayer then that is best. From that which is done and disliked at the grave of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is raising the voice and requesting from him (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that one’s needs be satisfied. This is a major shirk, and that which is obligatory is to be cautious of it.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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