بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Q: Because you mentioned the perspiration of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- I wanted to know if there remains any of his physical traces like his hair, and if so how do we seek blessings from such?
A: Today there is nothing from his physical traces, and whoever claims such is a fraudulent liar!
We went to India and found a group of people claiming that they had a strand of the Prophet’s -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- hair, they are liars and the only thing with them is deceit. We also saw in I believe Pakistan or Bangladesh a masjid wherein it is claimed that his -sallahu alayhi salaam- footprint is therein. Also in Delhi there is a masjid its imam is (named) Bukhari and he has a good reputation (there), Europeans both men and women resembling the destitute travel there to that place in the masjid. They claim there is therein a physical trace of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- in which a structure similar to a dome is built over. As a result you will see the women acting dishonorably and the men spectating, looking at the claimed footprint of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam.
I saw this evil and went to the imam in order to advise him, so i said to him, you all claim that the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- came to this place and this is his footprint? He replied, the people claim such. I said, O my brother, I have read (and studied) history and we know that the Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- was raised to the heavens, he went from Mecca to Medina, and he mobilized war expeditions to well known places like Tabuk, however we did not find anywhere in history where the Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- came to Delhi and stood at this place. He was not able to respond with anything convincing. Afterwards I talked to his father when he came and there was a salafi translator with me, who said, these claims (of the people) are atrocious.
Subsequent to that he informed me about when King Saud visited India and went to Varanasi which is a stronghold of idolatry, it is to them like Mecca, therein are an abundance of idols. So when they were informed of his visit they covered some of the idols, and how is this? Indeed it’s (from) the awe (or dignity) of monotheism. Then he came to the masjid and prayed therein, so the people said to him, here is the footprint of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- he immediately recognized it as a lie so he walked on and did not go near that area.
The implementer of tawheed has insight and comprehension, whereas the people of innovation have with them stupidity, ignorance, and wickedness. Thus the claims are many. In Turkey they claim to have a strand of his -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- hair, some claim they have the quranic manuscript of Ali in which he wrote with his own hand. These are lies. Allah’s set way with regards to these affairs is that they are no more (they’ve elapsed and are nonexistent today) as He has ordained such.
Translated by Najeeb Al Anjelesi
Source: فتاوى فضيلة الشيخ العلامة ربيع ن هادي عمير المدخلي