Swaying while saying Dhikr

Q 2: Some people in Egypt and its rural areas say Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) collectively while swaying. Does this act have an origin in Islam?

A: This act has no origin in Islam. Rather, it is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion), which contradicts the Shari`ah (Islamic law). Consequently, it should be rejected whenever possible. This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Whoever innovates something in our affairs, which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is to be rejected. (Part No. 2; Page No. 522) The Hadith is related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). There are other Sahih Hadiths (a Hadith that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) supporting the same meaning.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.