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I am asking so because a lot of muslims in Masjid Al Nabawi in Madina face to the grave of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say Salam directly to prophet or read some Du'a:

السَّلامُ عَلَیکَ یا رَسول الله

But some people prevent them to do so (specially several years ago - they are more tolerate now I feel) and say:

  • Prophet is passed away and he is no longer alive to hear us or reply our Salam.
  • We should only ask Allah. Asking something from prophet is Shirk.
  • We should face only towards Qibla. Facing towards the grave of prophet is Haram.

For sure the people who ask prophet something - like their forgiveness - don't think prophet is God or doing something independent of Allah. In fact they ask him to ask Allah something on behalf of them, because he has more reputation near Allah.

So is saying Salam to prophet Muhammad, asking him something, or facing towards his grave Shirk or Haram? The answers of both Sunni and Shia brothers/sisters are more than welcome.

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  • Saluting the Prophet (saaw) at his grave is not shirk. In fact, it is recommended.
  • Asking him for help or money or pregnancy or even forgiveness is shirk.
  • You are required to face Qibla only during prayers. Other than that, face anywhere you like.

Here is a fatwa from Bin Baz regarding this issue (in Arabic): http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/19164

(I'll try to translate parts of it later isA if I have time.)

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That is what I was about to tell thank you –  user7322 Jan 25 '13 at 7:02

It's also good to say that the shaf'a is being asked from its real owner Allah subhnih wo t'ala , he is the real owner of the shfa'a , and no one can make shfa'a unless Allah subhnih wo t'ala allow him .

prophet never tought people to ask shf'a from him

what is the meaning shafa'ah

Tafser of meaning of اية الكرسي

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face to the grave of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say Salam directly to prophet

Not only the prophet's(pbuh) but to say the following in your inner self when ever you come across any grave(Muslim) is highly recommended.

Peace be upon the inhabitants of the graves, believers and Muslims. May Allaah have mercy upon those who have gone ahead of us and those who come later on, and verily we will, Insha’Allaah, join you. (Thirmidi, Janaaiz 58-59 narrated by Ibn-i Abbas)

The above Hadith which I quoted is not to be mistaken. Our intention is to be just wishing peace on the people in the graves including Prophet(pbuh), but not wishing them as though you wish a person you just met saying Assalamu Alaikum.

Prophet is passed away and he is no longer alive to hear us or reply our Salam.

Surely you do not make the dead to hear, and you do not make the deaf to hear the call when they go back retreating. (Qur'an 27:80)

So, Qur'an literally says so. So we must not be having any doubt about it.

We should only ask Allah. Asking something from prophet is Shirk.

Yes. Because you yourself said,

You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help(Qur'an 1:5)

(Note: In terms of Ghaib(unseen) we ask only to Allah , I'm not talking about asking your friend to get a cup of coffee)

We should face only towards Qibla. Facing towards the grave of prophet is Haram.

You need not face only towards Qibla and you should not face only towards the grave of Prophet(pbuh). As I said, intention matters, not the direction.

More over,

they ask him to ask Allah something on behalf of them, because he has more reputation near Allah.

The concept of Prophet(pbuh) being given the power to intercede on our behalf is mistakenly deduced to the fore mentioned belief. It is on the day of Judgement, when Prophet (pbuh) because he has more reputation near Allah will be able to intercede as Allah permits. And Prophet(pbuh) will start interceding about those who are closer to him on that day. So, asking Prophet(pbuh) directly doesn't make you get closer to him, but doing so keeps you far away from him. To get closer, you need to ask Allah to send blessings on him(Durood). That is the prescribed way.

You don't require a medium today to ask forgiveness, because, the creator says

And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (Qur'an 50:16)

And seek Forgiveness of Allah. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful. (Qur'an 73:20)

May the creator guide us all.

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