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Can I make duaa facing the Prophet's grave? some ppl say it's bidda and some say it's shirk to touch the grave and they use sometimes verses from the qur'an that talk about idols..??

They say quoting ayahs like: Surat 39 Az-Zumar (The Groups) AZZUMAR 39

Part 23 Verse 3. Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allah only. And those who take Auliya' (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): "We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah." Verily, Allah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever.

Part 23 Verse 45. And when Allah Alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who believe not in the Hereafter are filled with disgust (from the Oneness of Allah) and when those (whom they obey or worship) besides Him are mentioned, behold, they rejoice !

 

Answer:

The Caliph al-Mansoor asked Imam Malik ben Anas: "O Abu Abdullah shall I face the Qiblah and make supplication or face the messenger of Allah Sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam?

Imam Malik said: "why would not face him and he is your wasilah (path) and wasilat your great father Adam to Allah, rather face him and ask for his intercession, Allah will make him intercede.". Qadi ^iyad mentioned it in his book ash-Shifa, and ^allamah Hajar in al-Jawhar al-Munadham and others.

 

There's nothing wrong with facing the Prophet's grave in du^a'. Wahhabis misuse verses that talk about the idol worshipers, against Sunni Muslims, and they misinterpret  the meaning of "^Ibadah" worship with any kind of calling upon or obedience, but the scholars and linguists like as-Subkiy, al-Azhariy, az-Zabidiy, al-Farra' and others said:

العبادة عند اللغويين الطاعة مع الخضوع. قال الأزهري الذي هو أحد كبار اللغويين في كتاب تهذيب اللغة نقلاً عن الزجاج الذي هو من أشهرهم: العبادة في لغة العرب الطاعة مع الخضوع، وقال مثله الفراء كما في لسان العرب لابن منظور. وقال بعضهم: أقصى غاية الخشوع والخضوع، وقال بعض: نهاية التذلل كما يفهم ذلك من كلام شارح القاموس مرتضى الزبيدي خاتمة اللغويين، وهذا الذي يستقيم لغةً وعرفًا.

Which means "^Ibadah (worship) is the ultimate submission and humbleness". Allah is the only one that deserves this kind of worship.

No one from the Muslims prays Salat toward our Prophet's grave, however they pray as in making du^a' facing the Prophet and that's of course not a bid^ah nor shirk, unlike what wahhabis claim. Facing the Prophet's grave, touching or kissing it for blessing is not Shirk. Imam Abu 'Ayoub al-'Ansariy came and visited our Prophet's grave and rubbed his face on the grave for blessings and said: "I came to (the blessings) the messenger of Allah, no the stone". It's our Prophet that makes that place and that grave full of blessings.

Imam Ahmad was asked about touching and kissing the minbar of the Prophet for the blessing and about seeking the blessing by visiting the grave of the Prophet. He responded by saying: "This matter is not prohibited," as was narrated by ^Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad, in his book titled Al­^Ilal wa Ma^rifat ur-Rijal. Imam Ahmad also said it was a recommended thing to make tawassul by the Prophet when there is drought. Click here to See quote.

 

Further proofs on Tabarruk:

http://alsunna.org/Tabarruk-Seeking-Blessings-from-the-Traces-of-the-Prophet.html

http://alsunna.org/Tabarruk-Seeking-Blessings-from-the-Prophet-s-Traces.html

Wahhabis misuse such verses against Sunni Muslims sometimes.