Analysis on visiting the Grave of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
Every believer has a desire to visit the Blessed Grave of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) during his life time. Some even spend their entire earning just to have a glimpse of it. But unfortunately some people from the minority sect have started corrupting the innocent minds of the Muslim Ummah and thereby misleading them with false information. These extremists declare the act of traveling to visit the Blessed Grave of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as Biddah (bad Innovation) and Haraam. This was propagated by Ibn Taymiyyah whose verdict Imam Ibn Hajr al Asqalani (rh) rightly refutes.
Shaykh ul Islam Imam Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani (r.h) destroys Ibn Taymiyyah by saying in his world renowned Sharh of Sahih Bukhari called Fath ul Bari: “THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UGLY THINGS REPORTED FROM IBN TAYMIYYAH”
ألزموا ابن تيمية بتحريم شد الرحل إلى زيارة قبر سيدنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلّم وأنكرنا صورة ذلك، وفي شرح ذلك من الطرفين طول، وهي من أبشع المسائل المنقولة عن ابن تيمية
[Fath ul Bari, Sharh Sahih ul Bukhari (3/386)]
In the end Imam Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani (rh) destroys the viewpoint of Ibn Taymiyyah and his ilk by proving travel to the graves of Awliyah (saints) let alone Anbiyah (prophets). Ibn Hajr says:
فيبطل بذلك قول من منع شد الرحال إلى زيارة القبر الشريف وغيره من قبور الصالحين والله أعلم
“So the Qawl (saying) of him is proven false (Batil فيبطل) who says it’s forbidden to make journey towards ‘’Qabr Shareef’’ (the Noble Grave of Rasool Allah) and other graves of the ‘’Saliheen’’ (righteous قبور الصالحين), and Allah knows the best. [Fath ul Bari, ibid].