Question 185: Some people in Egypt and its rural areas say thikr (remembrance of Allaah) collectively while swaying. Does this act have an origin in Islaam?
Answer: This act has no origin in Islaam. Rather, it is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion), which contradicts the Sharee`ah (Islaamic 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. The Hadeeth is related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her). There are other Saheeh Hadeeths (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) supporting the same meaning... read more here.