Question 443: It is said that the ancestral line of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee is traced back to Ahl al-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family). Is this correct? Is Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee one of the Awliyaa’ (pious people)? Is it permissible to celebrate his birthday or that of any other person by any means; or to speak about his memory and point out his outstanding traits and virtuous deeds on the radio or television?
Answer: Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee, whose full name was Ahmad ibn `Alee ibn Ibraaheem Al-Husaynee, was a Moroccan Sufi who lived in the seventh century. Many ignorant and Mubtadi` (innovative) Sufis and other people exceed the proper limits in revering Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee in a way that takes them out of the fold of Islaam. Some people, for example, make Du`aa’ (supplication) to him, seek his protection and help, or make Tawaaf (circumambulation) around what they believe to be his grave. It is not permissible to celebrate the anniversary of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee or anybody else, for doing so is considered Bidd`ah (innovation in religion). It may be worth mentioning that if a person peruses the biography of Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee, they will not find any distinguished contributions that merit much concern... read more here.