They give a DALEEL which relates from Hadhrat Ibn Masood Rdh saw a group of people (jamaat) waiting for fajr salaah and were sitting in Halqas (groups). They had small stones in hands and were doing Dhikr. Hadhrat Ibn Masood Rdh declared that this act is a bidah. (Sunan e Darmi: Hadith No. 210, Darul Mughni KSA Edition)
The chain of this hadith is like this
أَخْبَرَنَا الْحَكَمُ بْنُ الْمُبَارَكِ، أَنبَأَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ يَحْيَى، قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ أَبِي، يُحَدِّثُ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ قَالَ: كُنَّا نَجْلِسُ عَلَى بَابِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ
(Sunan E Darmi: Page 286, Hadith No 210)
The Scholars have classed him as Daeef and Ibn Abi Yahiya RH has even called him a Kazzab.
Lets look at what the Scholars have said:
1. Imam Ibn Maeen Rh says "He is nothing and i have seen his hadiths"
(Al Kaamil Li Ibn A’adi : Volume 6 : Page 215)
(Al Kaamil Li Ibn A'adil: Volume 6: Page 215)
Meaning that i am not happy with what he has narrated
(Lizaan ul Mizaan: Volume 6: Page 232)
Meaning that he is not a strong narrator from whom one should qoute
(At Tazyeel: Page 223, No 600)
(Al Kaamil Li Ibn A'adi: Volume 6: Page 215, At Tazyeel: Page 223, No 600)
The Scholars and Ulema consider these words as Jarah (Critcized)
(Al Mughni: Volume 2: Page 76, No 4729)
(Zuaafa Wal Matrookin: Volume 2: Page 233, No 2601)
Which shows that he is a weak narrator according to Imam Ibn Qayyim RH.
(Al Kaamil: Volume 6: Page 215, No 1287)
(Dewaab e Zuaafa Wal Matrookin: Page 307, No 3229)
(Mukhtasar Al Kaamil: Reference No 1287, Egypt Edition)
(Majmu az Zawaaid: Volume 3: Page 178)
Amazingly people who usually seem to mention and quote this hadith are those who claim to only follow Saheeh Hadiths. Sadly they qoute the weak narrations just to argue and make a point of what they themselves think should not be done or is a biddah.
May Allah guide them and all of us towards the right path. Ameen