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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] Read the rest of this entry »

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:
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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).
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Is it not “Shirk” (polytheism) to ask the real interceders to intercede?

In Tawassul on July 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Question Twelve

Is it not “Shirk” (polytheism) to ask the real interceders to intercede?


The argument in support of the above question holds that intercession is Allah’s exclusive right, as stated in the Holy Qur’an. “Say Allah’s is the intercession altogether” (39:42). Therefore, asking others to intercede is not in accord with the principle of worshipping only the One God.


The polytheism referred to above is certainly different from the specific ones, such as dualism and associating someone with Allah in creating the world and managing it. The above mentioned shirk or polytheism signifies worshiping something or someone other than Allah.
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Does Resorting to Saints imply. .

In Tawassul on July 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Question Twenty-Five

Does Resorting to Saints imply associating others with God and is it a source of innovation ?


The defining element of “resorting to saints to seek nearness to God – tawassul – refers to having a person well-esteemed in Allah’s eyes act as an intermediary for one to attain nearness to God. Lisan al-`Arab, a lexicon by Ibn Manzur, gives the following defining example for the word tawassul:
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Tawassul in the View of Prominent Imami ‘Ulama’

In Tawassul on July 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

According to such prominent Imami ‘ulama’ as Shaykh al-Ta’ifah Tusi, Shaykh Amin al-Islam Tabrisi, ‘Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i, Imam Sayyid Ruhullah Khumayni and others, wasilah means faith, love and reverence for the Prophet (s) and obedience to him.

‘Allamah Tabataba’i writes in his monumental exegesis on the Holy Qur’an that the word al-wasilah or ‘approach’ as used in the Ayah “and seek an approach unto Him” (5:35) confirms the reality of worship and means turning submissively and supplicatingly to God, with knowledge and practice serving as the requisite instrument for this connection.[14]
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Is Thanking the Prophet a form of Polytheism?

In Tawassul on July 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

It has been narrated in a Ḥadīth found in Biḥār al-Anwār1 that the following discussion took place between Imām Ja`far ibn Muḥammad as-Ṣādiq (prayers be upon him) and Abū Ḥanīfah. Read the rest of this entry »

Tawassul (Recourse) to the Awliya Allah

In Tawassul on July 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Tawassul to the beloved ones of Allah is a matter which is in vogue amongst the Muslims of the world and from the day the Islamic Shariat was conveyed through the Holy Prophet (s) its legality was also declared by the way of Islamic traditions.

It was only in the 8th century A.H. that tawassul was rejected by Ibn Taymiyya and two centuries later Muhammad ibn ’Abd al-Wahhab intensified this objection. Tawassul was introduced to be unlawful and heresy and occasionally was labelled as worshipping the awliya And it is needless to mention that worshipping other than God amounts to polytheism and is forbidden.
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Asking one’s need from other than Allah

In Tawassul on July 7, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Question n. 9

Question: Is it not polytheistic to ask for one’s needs from anyone other than Allah (awj) such as the Prophet (ص) or the infallible Imams (ع) since it is Allah (awj) who is the Fulfiller of Needs?

Brief Answer
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Tawassul to the Ahlul Baīt (a)

In Tawassul on July 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Compiled by Sr. Arifa Hudda

In our previous discussion on Struggle with the Self, we discussed the importance of Seeking Refuge with the Noble Qur’ān. Continuing on with this Jihād (struggle), we see that another stage in this inner battle is the Du`ā – supplication. In order to overcome the Nafs-e-Ammārah, we need to ask for help from Allāh by means of the many different and special supplications that we have been taught. However, we must keep in mind that one of the conditions for the acceptance of our supplications is “Tawassul to the Ahlul Baīt (a)”.
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