The majority of Wahhabis believe that visiting the graves of saints should be classified as shirk and bid'ah except the visiting of the tomb of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. in Madinah which may be done during Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage. However, it is not a required. They point out to the following sayings of Muhammad as an evidence for their belief.
Narrated by 'Aisha : Umm Salama told Allah's Apostle about a church which she had seen in Ethiopia and which was called Mariya. She told him about the pictures which she had seen in it. God's Apostle said, "If any righteous pious man dies among them, they would build a place of worship at his grave and make these pictures in it; they are the worst creatures in the sight of God."
The most evil of mankind are those who will be alive when the Last Day arrives and those who take graves as places of worship.”It is also reported in the most authentic books of Sunni Islam that Aa’ishah (wife of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.) reported:
Had it not been so, his (i.e. the Prophet’s) grave would have been in an open place, but it could not be due to the fear that it could be taken as a mosque.Sunni scholars declare that the purpose of visiting the graves and cemeteries is only to remind people of death and a curse be upon the Jews and Christians for taking the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.
- “...Beware that those before you took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship. Do not take graves as places of worship, for verily I forbid you to do so.”
- “The most evil of mankind are those who will be alive when the Last Day arrives and those who take graves as places of worship.”
Sūnnī or Sufi ViewsThe purpose of visiting a grave is to gain llim (divine knowledge), tafakkur and to pray for the person in the grave, but if the person in the grave is a Prophet or a Awliya (friend of God), fayd and spiritual benefits can be gained from their souls. The person who is visited, must be thought of as if he is alive and must be visited with the same good manners.
|“||" The event of death is like moving from one house to another for the friends of Allah, the same good manners, respect and high regards must be shown to them, as when they were alive." Abdul Hakim Arvasi, Rabita-i Serife, 23-24; Halidiyye Risalesi, 58-60.||”|
|“||" Neither kissing the grave or moving the hands over the face after touching the grave for blessing, is suitable to the good manners (adab)." Gazali, Ihya, IV, 711.||”|
|“||" Hz. Rasulullah (s.a.w) has given the good tidings that the Angels say "AMIN" for the prayers which are performed for the brothers and the Awliya and Allahu Taala accepts them (at the exact moment)." Buhari, Edebu'l-Mufred, No:623; Ebu Davud, Vitr, 29.||”|
|“||" Visiting the grave is a duty which is performed for Allah's pleasure and visiting the grave of a father and mother on a Friday is appropriate ." Gazali, Ihya, IV, 711.||”|
- Shrine of Syed Shahul Hamid, George Town, Penang
- Tomb of Ismail Nagore, George Town, Penang
- Tomb of Noordin Sahib, George Town, Penang
- Tomb of Syed Mustapha Idris a.k.a. Dato' Koyah, George Town, Penang
- Tomb of Wali Mohammed Salleh, Batu Uban, Penang - frequented by Naqshabandi Malays
- Tomb of Syed Ibrahim al-Hashimi, Gelugor, Penang
- Darga of Syed Lal Shah Bukhri (Jalan Hang Tua in masjed) Kuala Lumpur
- Darga of Sultan ul Arifeen Syed Ismael Shah Aljillani (Pulau Besar) Melaka
- Darga of Fikir Baba Maulana Miskin (Chulia St, Penang)
- Shrine of Syed Shahul Hamid
- Tomb of Wali Habib Noh - frequented by Malays and Naqshabandis
- Shrine of Hazrath Khwaja Habibullah Shah at Kubur Kassim on Siglap Road near Chai Chee in Singapore.