Visiting the ‘Seven Masaajid’ & other places in Madeenah

Reference: al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 400
Daleel al-Akhtaa. allatee yaqa’a feehaa al-Haaj wal-Mu’tamir – Page 113

Question: What is the ruling regarding visiting the ‘Seven Masaajid’ or Masjid al-Ghamaamah or some of the other places that some of the pilgrims visit?

Response: We [previously] mentioned that only the following five places should be visited:

  1. The Prophet’s (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) Masjid;
  2. His grave and the graves of his two companions (Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhumaa», and the three graves are all in one place;
  3. al-Baqee [graveyard] wherein is the grave of ‘Uthmaan Ibn Affaan (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu);
  4. The martyrs of [the battle of] Uhud, and amongst them the grave of Hamzah Ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu);
  5. Masjid Qubaa.

Any place other than these should not be visited. That which you mention of the ‘Seven Masaajid’ or other than these [which you did not mention], then visiting all of these has no basis. Visiting them with the intention as a form of worshiping Allaah the Almighty is an innovation. This is because [visiting] these have not been mentioned on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and it is not permissible for anyone to establish a time, place or action if done intending to draw nearness to Allaah (as a form of worship), except with evidences from the Sharee’ah.

- 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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