I know that our Prophet (pbuh) has instructed us to visit and do ziyarah at graveyards. My question is “is it permissible to do the same with dargahs?” Our Prophet (pbuh) left us “a pure white faith”. The very concept of erecting a tomb is against the tenets of Islam. Dargah is also a tomb which is erected and on which a building is also constructed with the tomb as the primary deity. As shirk is being committed there Allah’s (SWT) anger is descending there. Is it permissible for Muslims who are in “Haq” to visit those places for ziyarah? My opinion is a true Muslim should have a natural hate towards such innovations which try to change the very face of this “pure white faith” which our Prophet (pbuh) gave us. I feel it is better to make dua and do isal-e-sawab remaining outside that “shirkful campus”. Allah will still make our duas reach those walis know? Why should we enter that “shirkful campus”? Please correct me if I am wrong.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
If non-Shariah practices are prevalent on the grave of a pious person or a wali i.e. innovations etc then one should avoid visiting such places, since according to Hadith the purpose of visiting the graveyards is to refresh the belief in the world hereafter, but this objective cannot be achieved by visiting a place where shirk or bida’h is committed. Hence one should visit the common graveyard of Muslims instead of visiting such places. It shall remind the hereafter and death as well as one shall feel one’s weakness and powerlessness. It is good practice to visit the graveyards and do isal-e-sawab. It is better to stay outside and do isal-e-sawab at a place where bida’h etc is committed.
Allah knows Best!
Darul Uloom Deoband
This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.