Seeking the Means

Tawassul, Death and Shafa‘ah according to the Shi`ah and the Wahhabis

In Tawassul on February 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Tawassul according to the Wahhabis

In this chapter, tawassul {resorting to intermediation} according to Wahhabism shall be examined. The ‘ulama’ of this sect believe that Tawassul to other than God, paying homage {ziyarah} to a grave and praying in a place where there is a grave in front of the person praying are not consistent with Tawhid in Lordship. According to them, the requisite of Tawhid is that one should not resort to the intermediation of other than God even if he is the Prophet of Islam (s), because tawassul, shafa’ah {intercession} and the like are outside the Sunnah of the Prophet and the pious predecessors {as-Salaf as-salih}, and the Qur’an also regards this belief as polytheism.[29]

Does calling on others (Du`a’) necessarily mean

In Tawassul on July 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Question Fourteen

Does calling on others (Du`a’) necessarily mean worshipping them (`Ibadah) and is it therefore a kind of polytheism?


This question has been raised because some verses of the Holy Qur’an, such as the following ones, outwardly prohibit requesting anyone but God:

Does asking for help from others than God connote polytheism?

In Tawassul on July 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Question Thirteen

Does asking for help from others than God connote polytheism?


Based on wisdom and on the logic of revelation, not only all human beings but also all phenomena in the world are in need of God to give them life as they are in need of Him to give them the ability to be effective. The Holy Qur’an says, “O mankind! You are poor in relation to Allah, and Allah is the Absolute, the Owner of Praise.” (35:15). In another verse, The Qur’an attributes all victories to God and says, “Victory comes only from Allah, the mighty, the wise” (3:126).