..and virtue of the one who is burined inside the Qabr, It is a shame that some people forbid travelling towards qaboor of even Ibrahim (a.s), Hadrat Musa (a.s) and Hadrat Yahya (a.s), to stop others from visiting qaboor is a strange act [Mullah Ali Qari, Mirqat Sharh al Mishqaat (2/190)]
This leaves behind no doubt that not only travelling to visit graves of Prophets but also “TRAVELING TO VISIT GRAVES OF AWLIYA” is allowed in sight of greatest commentators of Sahihayn and leading authorities, so according to Salafis not only Ibn Taymiyyah should become Bidati but also all these great scholars should turn out to be Mushrikeen who allowed travelling to visit the “SHRINES OF AWLIYA”
The outrageous verdict of Ibn Taymiyyah is so blindly followed by Salafis that they even forged the text of Imam al Nawawi (rah) and everywhere Imam Nawawi mentioned “QABR” they changed it to “MOSQUE” in order to make him correspond to fatwa of Ibn Taymiyyah (i.e. it is fine to make intention for mosque but not grave)
Imam al Mujtahid Muhayuddin Abi Zakriyyah Yahya bin Sharaf al Nawawi (Rahimuhullah) said in his Kitab al Adhkaar:
Translation: “Section: The Visit to the Tomb of the Messenger of Allah (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace), and the Remembrances of Allah Made There”
Know that “Everyone“ who performs the hajj “Should set out“ (اعلم أنه ينبغي لكل من حجّ) to visit the Messenger of Allah(Allah bless him and give him peace), “Whether it is on one’s way or not“ (سواء كان ذلك طريقه أو لم يكن), for visiting him (Allah bless him and give him peace) is one of the most important acts of worship, the most rewarded of efforts, and best of goals.
When one sets out to perform the visit, one should do much of the blessings and peace upon him (Allah bless him and give him peace) on the way. And when one’s eye falls on the trees of Medina, and its sanctum and landmarks, one should increase saying the blessings and peace upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), “Asking Allah Most High to benefit one by one’s visit to him” (Allah bless him and give him peace) [وسألَ اللّه تعالى أن ينفعَه بزيارته صلى اللّه عليه وسلم], and grant one felicity in this world and the next through it. One should say, “O Allah, open for me the doors of Your mercy, and bestow upon me, through the visit to the tomb of Your prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)[اللَّهُمَّ افْتَحْ عَليَّ أبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ وَارْزُقْنِي في زِيارَةِ قَبْرِ نَبِيِّكَ], that which You have bestowed upon Your friends, those who obey You. Forgive me and show me mercy, O Best of Those Asked” (Imam al-Nawawi in Kitab ul-Adhkar, Page # 178)
Now Salafis not only forged the translation but they forged the actual Arabic of this statement, they changed “EVERYONE SHOULD” into “IT IS PREFERABLE” and everywhere there is mention of “GRAVE” they changed it to “MOSQUE” and finally they removed the whole passage in which Imam Nawawi (rah) is proving “WASEELA” through Prophet (Peace be upon him).
This forgery has been done in the 1409/1988 printing of this work, published by Dar al-Huda in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, under the inspection and approval of the Riyasa Idara al-Buhuth al-‘Ilmiyya wa al-Ifta’ or “Presidency of Supervision of Scholarly Studies and Islamic Legal Opinion but they were caught doing cheating red-handed.
Now the Salafis instead of running towards Aqwaal of Ulama should concentrate on the sayings of Ibn Taymiyyah himself, and they should stop doing taqlid and accept openly that Ibn Taymiyyah was a misguided Bidati.