Visiting Mada'in Salih

Q 4: I am a resident in the Northern Province of KSA. My family and friends may go to (Mada'in Salih) on a sight seeing trip. Is this permissible?

A: If the matter is as mentioned, it will not be permissible for them to do this, nor for you to accompany them. They should not visit the dwellings of such cursed people except to derive a lesson lest they may be punished like those people. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by Mada'in Salih, he said to his Sahabah (Companions), Do not enter upon these people who were punished except in a weeping state, lest the same calamity should befall you. (Part No. 26; Page No. 394) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.