We find in al-I’lal wa Ma’rifat-ur-Rijal, by Ahmad  bin Hanbal, 2/492

3243 – سألته عن الرجل يمس منبر النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم ويتبرك بمسه ويقبله ويفعل بالقبر مثل ذلك أو نحو هذا يريد بذلك التقرب إلى الله جل وعز فقال لا بأس بذلك

Ahmad bin Hanbal was asked about a man who touches the Minbal of Holy Prophet (asws) and gain blessings by touching that & kissing that, and does that with Grave like it or similar to it, and He intends to Gain Nearness to Allah with that.

He replied: There is Nothing wrong with that. 

Badr-ur-Deen A’ini writes in His Umda-tul-Qari Sharah Saheeh Bukhari, 14/471

وقال أيضا وأما تقبيل الأماكن الشريفة على قصد التبرك وكذلك تقبيل أيدي الصالحين وأرجلهم فهو حسن محمود باعتبار القصد والنية وقد سأل أبو هريرة الحسن رضي الله تعالى عنه أن يكشف له المكان الذي قبله رسول الله وهو سرته فقبله تبركا بآثاره وذريته وقد كان ثابت البناني لا يدع يد أنس رضي الله تعالى عنه حتى يقبلها ويقول يد مست يد رسول الله وقال أيضا وأخبرني الحافظ أبو سعيد ابن العلائي قال رأيت في كلام أحمد بن حنبل في جزء قديم عليه خط ابن ناصر وغيره من الحفاظ أن الإمام أحمد سئل عن تقبيل قبر النبي وتقبيل منبره فقال لا بأس بذلك قال فأريناه للشيخ تقي الدين بن تيمية فصار يتعجب من ذلك ويقول عجبت أحمد عندي جليل يقوله هذا كلامه أو معنى كلامه وقال وأي عجب في ذلك وقد روينا عن الإمام أحمد أنه غسل قميصا للشافعي وشرب الماء الذي غسله به

And He (His Sheikh Zain-ud-Deen) also said: As regards to Kissing of Noble places with intention of gaining blessings, and also by kissing hands of Pious people and their feet, it is Good and praised in regards to intention. Abu Huraira had asked Imam Hasan to show him place where Holy Prophet (asws) had kissed him, and that was his umbilicus. So He kissed it for blessings with His signs and progeny. And Thabit al-Banani would not leave hand of Anas till he had kissed it. And he would say that This hand has touched hand of Prophet (asws). And also narrated Hafiz Abu Saeed that He saw in sayings of Ahmad bin Hanbal when he was asked about Kissing of Grave of Holy Prophet and Minbar, He replied there is nothing wrong with that. 

And He (Sheikh Zain) said that I saw Sheikh Ibn Taimiyya becoming surprised with that. And He said: Strange! Ahmad is Great in my view, and He said This or similar to it. And He said that is strange in that. And it is narrated from Imam Ahmad that He would wash Shirt for Imam Shafa’i, and drink that water which He used to wash that. 

 

 

 

Taken from the Work of Brother Miraat-ul-Tawareekh. It can be read HERE

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