Question 177: When people in the north of our country build a Masjid (mosque), they perform Tawaaf (circumambulation) seven times around it on the day they inaugurate it. Is this an act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) or not? What is the evidence?
Answer: Performing Tawaaf around a Masjid seven times is an abominable act of Bidd`ah, whether this is done on the opening day or any other day. Tawaaf is only lawful when performed around the Ka`bah (in Makkah) and nowhere else. Therefore, performing it seven times around any place other than the Ka`bah is equating it to the Ka`bah and this has not been permitted by Allaah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) built Masjid Qoobaa’ and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah), and the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) also built Masjids in many Muslim countries, but it is not known that any of them performed Tawaaf around the Masjids they built seven times, or more or less times than that. They only made the seven rounds of Tawaf around the Ka`bah during Hajj and `Umrah for Allaah (Glorified be He) and to worship Him; and all good lies in following their examples... read more here.