Question 442: In some Masjids (mosques) here, people gather and continue repeating Allaah’s Name around a piece of white cloth. What is the importance of the white cloth in Islaam?
Answer: Placing a piece of cloth in the Masjid and gathering around it to repeat the Name of Allaah is a misleading act of Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) undertaken by some Sufis who deviate from the course of the Messenger (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is not permissible to do orattend. This should also be prohibited and disavowed. Masjids should be protected from such acts of Bid`ah... read more here.