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Visiting the Shrines of the Prophets, Imams and Saints

The Third Spurious Argument:

VISITING THE SHRVINES OF THE PROPHETS, IMAMS AND SAINTS

Some people accuse the Shias of believing that it is permissible to visit the shrines of the Prophets, Imams and saints, building them, to seek blessings through them, to pray and make supplications around them whereas it is prohibited to consider tombs as mosques or to build mosques upon tombs.

THE ANSWER

There is no prohibition on visiting tombs in any of the traditions, rather the Wahhabis prohibited it. We have discussed this matter in our book Al-Jami' li Baraahin Usul ul-I'tiqadaat. We hereby, refer to the same discussion that is recorded on pages 413-416 of that book:

"The Wahhabis prohibited setting out to visit the tomb of the Prophet (s) to say nothing of the graves of others as well. Al-Qastalani, in his book Sharh Sahih ul-Bukhari, and Ibn Hajar, in his book al-Jawhar ul-Munazzam, recorded that Ibn Taymiyyah, a model for the Wahhabis, prohibited visiting the Prophet's shrine. Mulla Ali al-Qari says in his book Sharhu sh-Shafa, vol. 2:

"Ibn Taymiyyah the Hanbalite was extreme when he prohibited setting out to visit the tomb of the Prophet (s). Others were even more extreme when they said that visiting is definitely a pious act in religion, and denying this is condemned as infidelity. Perhaps the second point was nearer to being correct, because (of the rule that says) prohibiting that which, according to the consensus of the ulama, is considered as recommended (mustahhab) is considered as unbelief, for here prohibition supercedes something that was permissible by unanimous agreement in this case."

Adapted from the book: "Spurious Arguments about the Shia" by: "Abu Talib at-Tabrizi"

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