Visiting the graves of the Awliyaa’ (pious people) to seek their blessings?

Question 320: A group of people visits a Masjid (mosque) wherein is buried a Waliy (a pious person) called Sidi Arwaz. They try to draw closer to him by offering gifts, including coverletsand candles, and they slaughter sacrificial animals there. They do this believing that this Waliy will send their Du‘aa’ (supplication) to Allaah (Glorified be He). When we asked about this belief, they said that during the French occupation of Algeria, the French Forces fired heavy artillery at this Masjid and could not destroy it. In fact the cannon balls bounced back and killed many of the French soldiers. We would like to know the ruling of the Deen (religion of Islaam) on this.

Answer: Visiting the graves of the Awliyaa’ (pious people) for the purpose of seeking their blessings or drawing closer to them to ask for their needs to be fulfilled, is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and it is not permissible. Anyone who does this is a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because it involves performing worship to other than Allaah (Exalted be He). Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …so invoke not anyone along with Allaah.... read more here.

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