Question: I always talk to my mother, father, and friends about some Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) such as performing Salaah (Prayer) in Masaajid (mosques) built around the graves, people making Du`aa’ (supplication) to the dead, or other similar things. Nevertheless, they usually reply: “Scholars perform Salaah in these Masaajid where they see people doing so and do not comment; are you more knowledgeable?” It is vain to try to convince those people. If one dares to try it, they say: “We found our fathers doing this, are you going to reform the universe.” Again, they argue that the grand scholars perform Salaah in the Masjids of Al-Husayn and Zaynab (may Allaah be pleased with them). I reply: “They (i.e. Al-Husayn and Zaynab)are not in Egypt. Taking for granted that they are in Egypt, it is not permissible to make Du`a’ to them instead of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) or to make vows to them.” But the outcome is as if I were talking to stones. They call me a Kaafir (disbeliever) and other names. I do not know what to do with my parents and you know their due rights. Every time my mother rebukes me, I say to her: “Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee and people like him do not possess an atom in the kingdom of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He).” In reply, she mentions that they are pious people and refers to other beliefs of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that it is better to avoid citing here. Could you tell me what I should do? May Allaah reward you.
Answer: Firstly, it is not permissible to build Masjids around graves. It is not permissible to offer Salaah in Masaajid where graves are built. It is also not permissible for a person to make Du`aa’ to the dead to bring about benefit or ward off harm. Making Du`aa’ to them and seeking help from them are acts of Kufr (disbelief) which drive their doer out of Islaam. May Allaah protect us… read more here.