Rubbing of Shawls in the Rawdah in Masjid un Nabawi

In the Rawdah inside Masjid un Nabawi, you will see people taking their shawls and rubbing it on the pillars inside Rawda. Is this a form of shirk?

Rubbing the shawls on the pillars inside Rawdah, or on Maqam-e-Ibrahim near the  Kabah are practices that came into existence after the time of Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ). Why would somebody want to do that? Why would people think that this would give them blessings? All these things happen when a person's heart is not connected with Allah. It is at that point that our heart gets connected to everything else besides Allah. It is not shirk but it is an innovation in Islam. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“Whoever innovates something is this matter of ours [Islam] which is not part of it, will have it rejected” (saheeh, agreed upon).

However, if a person thinks that these pillars harm and benefit by itself then this is considered shirk.

And Allah knows best.

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