Q 4: After
returning from the Sacred land, the pilgrims stay in their homes for a week and do not go out
to fulfill their needs or to perform Salah (Prayer) at Masjids (Mosques), and people visit them to ask them to supplicate for them, is this an act of Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet)?
A: This is not an act of Sunnah, rather it is Bid`ah (innovation in religion). Whoever claims that it is an act of Sunnah has wronged. It is not permissible for those pilgrims to stay in their houses and not to offer Salah in congregation at the Masjids unless there is a Shar`y (Islamically lawful) excuse. What was mentioned is not an excuse and they are committing a sin, by not attending the Salah. (Part No. 11; Page No. 359) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.