And amongst the traits of the people of the era of the pre-Islamic era of ignorance is that their religion was founded upon fundamental principles, and amongst the greatest of these (principles) was blind following. This was a great principle of the earlier nations before the advent of Islaam. Allaah (The Most High) said:
‘’And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps. (The warner) said: “Even if I bring you better guidance than that which you found your fathers fol-lowing?” They said: “Verily, We disbelieve in that with which you have been sent.” 
So, Allaah commanded them to follow the truth. He (The Most High) said:
‘’[Say (O Muhammad) to these idolaters (pagan Arabs) of your folk:] Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah), and follow not any Auliya’ (protectors and helpers, etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allah), besides Him (Allah). Little do you remember!’’ 
And He (The Most High) said:
‘’When it is said to them: “Follow what Allah has sent down.” They say: “Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following.” (Would they do that!) Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?’’ and (other) verses of the (Qur’aan) showing that the people of the era of pre-Islamic era of ignorance were led through blind following. They neither made any judgements by way of contemplation and examination nor did they busy themselves in reflecting over the affairs. So due to this, they wandered astray in the burden of ignorance and settled their lives upon misguidance.
Likewise, the extremist (soofees and worshippers of graves) blindly follow their fore fathers in these customs. It is not possible to turn them away from these (customs) even if manifest signs appeared to them. Your discussion with their men of common sense increases them in nothing but in turning away. They are haughty in the presence of the truth and are deluded. So if you were to (seek after) the similarities between the people of the era of pre-Islamic ignorance and the extremist soofees-the worshippers of graves, you will find a clear similarity which is clearly manifested to every possessor of two eyes.
To be continued…..Inshaa-Allaah
Source: Ghaayatul Amaanee Fee Radd Alan-Nabahaani (pages: 19-21)
 Soorah Zumar: Ayah: 2-3]
 Soorah Yoonus: Ayah: 18]
 Soorah Al-Anfaal: Ayah: 39]
 [Soorah Zukhruf: Ayah:23-24]
 [Soorah Al-A’raaf: Ayah: 3]
 [Al-Baqarah: Ayah:170]