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