Circumambulating the graves with the intention of drawing closer to Allaah

Question 324: Is it permissible to join people during circumambulation around graves to guide them, as this is the only way to make them stop walking around the graves? Is there any Muslim scholar who holds this opinion? What is the ruling on one who holds that circumambulating the graves with people is permissible in order to save them and for the sake of Da`wah (calling to Islaam)?

Answer: The ruling of circumambulating the graves varies according to the intention of the circumambulator:

1- If they circumambulate for the sake of drawing near to the people of the graves, it is major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). This is because this is an act of worship dedicated to other than Allaah and whoever dedicates any act of worship to other than Allaah commits Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

2- If they circumambulate graves with the intention of drawing near to Allaah, it is a prohibited Bidd`ah (innovation in Islaam) and one of the means of Shirk. Allaah did not prescribe that Muslims circumambulate any place but the Honorable Ka`bah.

3- If they do not intend to draw near to Allaah or to the dead, but walk with people around the grave to call them to the truth, this is wrong and prohibited. This involves imitating the circumambulators in their action and it is not permissible as a way of Da`wah. Therefore, whoever sees Muslims doing so must advise and reprimand them... read more here.

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Circumambulating a grave seeking to gain the satisfaction of the dead person buried therein

Question 323: Is it permissible to join people during circumambulation around graves to guide them, as this is the only way to make them stop walking around the graves? Is there any Muslim scholar who holds this opinion? What is the ruling on one who holds that circumambulating the graves with people is permissible in order to save them and for the sake of Da`wah (calling to Islaam)?

Answer: The ruling of circumambulating the graves varies according to the intention of the circumambulator:

1- If they circumambulate for the sake of drawing near to the people of the graves, it is major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). This is because this is an act of worship dedicated to other than Allaah and whoever dedicates any act of worship to other than Allaah commits Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

2- If they circumambulate graves with the intention of drawing near to Allaah, it is a prohibited Bidd`ah (innovation in Islaam) and one of the means of Shirk. Allaah did not prescribe that Muslims circumambulate any place but the Honorable Ka`bah.

3- If they do not intend to draw near to Allaah or to the dead, but walk with people around the grave to call them to the truth, this is wrong and prohibited. This involves imitating the circumambulators in their action and it is not permissible as a way of Da`wah. Therefore, whoever sees Muslims doing so must advise and reprimand them... read more here.

Circumambulating a grave with the people doing so to call them to the truth

Question 322: Is it permissible to join people during circumambulation around graves to guide them, as this is the only way to make them stop walking around the graves? Is there any Muslim scholar who holds this opinion? What is the ruling on one who holds that circumambulating the graves with people is permissible in order to save them and for the sake of Da`wah (calling to Islaam)?

Answer: The ruling of circumambulating the graves varies according to the intention of the circumambulator:

1- If they circumambulate for the sake of drawing near to the people of the graves, it is major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). This is because this is an act of worship dedicated to other than Allaah and whoever dedicates any act of worship to other than Allaah commits Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

2- If they circumambulate graves with the intention of drawing near to Allaah, it is a prohibited Bidd`ah (innovation in Islaam) and one of the means of Shirk. Allaah did not prescribe that Muslims circumambulate any place but the Honorable Ka`bah.

3- If they do not intend to draw near to Allaah or to the dead, but walk with people around the grave to call them to the truth, this is wrong and prohibited. This involves imitating the circumambulators in their action and it is not permissible as a way of Da`wah. Therefore, whoever sees Muslims doing so must advise and reprimand them... read more here.