Is it true, as some people say, that tawassul
or "seeking means" through the Prophet and the awliya'
such as seeking their intercession is not necessary nor a
priority in Islam, because Allah said that He is near and
answers whoever calls Him directly?
What about the statement in al-Wala' wal-Bara'
according to the `Aqeedah of the Salaf whereby among
the "ten actions that negate Islam" is
"relying on an intermediary between oneself and
Allah when seeking intercession"?
What about those who compare tawassul and asking
intercession to the Christian worship of Jesus and the
saints, those who reject tabarruk bi al-athar --
getting blessings from the Prophet's relics -- as being
outside Islam, and those who put limitations on invoking salawat
-- blessings and peace -- on the Prophet?
And what about Albani's claims that tawassul
is not through the person of the Prophet even after his
time, but through his du`a and only in his
The Proofs for
Intercession (Shafa`a) in Islam
is the meaning of Intercession?
Proof-texts of intercession in the Qur'an and
of the Doctrine of Intercession in Islam and the
Obligations of Belief Therein
of intercession and mediation in the Qur'an
of intercession/mediation in the Hadith
of the events of the Last Day at the stage of
Seeking means (tawassul)
through the Prophet
through the Awliya'
to Allah are integral to true belief
Salih al-Na`man's fatwa on Tawassul
of Shaykh Suhayl al-Zabibi
Mustafa ibn Ahmad al-Hasan al-Shatti al-Hanbali al-Athari
al-Dimashqi (1856-1929 C.E)
of those who compare asking intercession to the Christian
worship of Jesus and the saints
Invocation of blessing upon the Prophet known as
"Invocation of the Crown"
Invocations of blessings and Peace Upon the Prophet
Answers to those who reject getting blessings from the
Prophet's relics (Tabarruk bi al-athar) as being
- The Companions' Seeking of Blessings With the
Prophet's Person and His Relics
with the Prophet's hair and nails
with the Prophet's sweat
with the Prophet's saliva and ablution
with the Prophet's cup
with the Prophet's minbar
with money the Prophet gave away
with the Prophet' s staffs
with the Prophet's shirt
with the Prophet's musallas or
places of prayer
with the Prophet's grave
with the Prophet's jubba (robe or
with spots and people the Prophet had
with the soil and vegetation of Madina
with his Holy Hand and Feet
From His Blessed Skin
with places the Prophet visited