Circumambulating around the grave of Khalid ibn Sinan
Q 1: In the
city of Sidy Khalid,
which is about 7 km from my town, there is a grave known as the grave of
Khalid ibn Sinan.
Many people come from far away to circumambulate around this grave and seek help from its dead occupant and they collect a lot of money there. This is usually done on the 26th of Ramadan every year. People gather 400 m or less around the grave that is in this graveyard to sell and purchase things. It has become an annual market and people come to it from as far away as 600 km or even more than that; we are not just talking about a local market, shaykh!My question is: Can my religious brothers and I go to this market to buy and sell?
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It is not permissible for you
to travel to visit graves, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “No journey should be made except to three Masjids (mosques): This Masjid of mine (Al-Masjid Al-Nabawy in Madinah), Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah), and Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem).” Also, this is a way to Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). It is not permissible to circumambulate around graves or to rub their walls to get blessings from them, because this is Shirk and a way to it. It is also not permissible to go to the market that has been established around this grave, because this would involve cooperation in falsehood and support of this Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.