Dec 6, 2011

Tawassul توسل Intercession

Definition of Tawassul

Tawassul توسل‎ is the Islamic understanding of intercession. It is a religious practice in which a Muslim seeks nearness to Allah. A rough translation would be: "To draw near to what one seeks after and to approach that which one desires." The exact definition and method of tawassul is a matter of some dispute within the Muslim community. wikipedia


The lexical meaning of tawassul is 'nearness' or a 'means' through which to reach a certain goal. For instance, when it is said wa wassala ila Allah, it means to perform a certain act for gaining proximity to God. Accordingly wasil here means being 'desirous of God'.

According to the prominent Sunni scholar, Sayyid Muhammad Alusi al-Baghdadi, wasilah is a means of imploring in order to gain nearness to God through good deeds and abstaining from sins. For example when it is said "wasala ila kadha," it means a thing through which nearness is gained.

The Hukum on Tawassul
( Hukum حكم - A legal ruling or verdict )

"Praise belongs to Allah the Exalted, "Seeking means (al-tawassul) to Allah through his Prophet or the Prophets or the Righteous (al-salihin) or with the deeds (a`mal) that are done purely for His glorious countenance: There is no legal prohibition against it, because Allah the Exalted said: { Seek ye the means to Him } [fn1] and { Had they but come to thee when they had wronged themselves, and asked Allah forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-Returning, Merciful, } and because the Companions -- may Allah be well pleased with them -- used to seek a means through Allah's Messenger , as narrated concerning the blind man who used Allah's Messenger as a means (to obtain his request) and his eyes were opened.  -read the details @ livingislam


Ahl as-Sunnah wal Jama^ah said that it is permissible to make tawassul during the lifetime of the Prophet and after his

Asking Allah for things by the good deeds of a person, is


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Permissibility of Tawassul ( Intercession )
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Saudaraku yg ku muliakan,
hal itu sunnah dan diajarkan oleh Rasul saw dalam riwayat shahih, maka dosa besar jika kita menafikannya, sebagaimana sabda beliau saw : Barangsiapa yg menolak sunnahku maka ia bukan dari golonganku. (Shahih Bukhari).

kita boleh saja bertawassul atau tidak mau berdoa tanpa tawassul, namun jangan pula meremehkannya, karena meremehkan sunnah Nabi saw adalah dosa besar pula ....

.....  Saudara saudaraku, boleh berdoa dengan tanpa perantara, boleh berdoa dgn perantara, boleh berdoa dgn perantara orang shalih, boleh berdoa dgn perantara amal kita yg shalih, boleh berdoa dg perantara nabi saw, boleh pada shalihin, boleh pada benda, misalnya “Wahai Allah Demi kemuliaan Ka’bah”, atau “Wahai Allah Demi kemuliaan Arafat”, dlsb, tak ada larangan mengenai ini dari Allah, tidak pula dari Rasul saw, tidak pula dari sahabat, tidak pula dari Tabi’in, tidak pula dari Imam Imam dan muhadditsin, bahkan sebaliknya Allah menganjurkannya, Rasul saw mengajarkannya, Sahabat mengamalkannya, demikian hingga kini ..
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 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَمَا يُؤْمِنُ أَكْثَرُهُم بِاللَّهِ إِلَّا وَهُم مُّشْرِكُونَ
 (Al-Quran: Surah Yusuf Ayat 106)
Sahih International
And most of them believe not in Allah except while they associate others with Him.
Muhsin Khan
And most of them believe not in Allah except that they attribute partners unto Him [i.e. they are Mushrikun -polytheists - see Verse 6: 121].
And most of them believe not in Allah except that they attribute partners (unto Him).
Dan (orang-orang yang beriman kepada Allah), kebanyakan mereka tidak beriman kepada Allah melainkan mereka mempersekutukannya juga dengan yang lain. 


Intermediary between a Person and Allah (Tawassul)

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Intermediary between a Person and Allah (Tawassul)
Is it permissible for a person to seek an intermediary between him and Allah?
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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear brother, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

This issue is one of the oldest debated issues that caused great division among Muslims to the extent that some scholars gave more concern to this matter than they did with Jihad, even during the time when Islam and Muslims were subject to many anti-Islamic campaigns staged by the enemies of Allah. While these enemies were amending the principles of Shari`ah and changing Muslims’ lifestyle, the latter were busy with differences and disputation.

However, it seems useful to sum up the following points from the book Dustur al-Wahdah ath-Thaqafiyyah (The Constitution of Cultural Unity) with regard to this issue:

"First, tawassul or invoking Allah the Most High, through His Being (Dhat) and Most Beautiful Names made in such way is mentioned in the following hadiths:

1. The hadith which reads: “O Allah! I implore You by virtue of Your being Allah, the One, Who has no partner, the Eternal, Absolute, Who begetteth not, nor is He begotten, and like unto Whom there is none.”

2. The Prophetic supplication for memorizing the Qur’an, “O Allah! I beseech You by virtue of Your Glory and by the Light of Your Face to let me keep Your Book by heart as You have taught me.”

3. The supplication, “O Allah! I seek refuge with Your pleasure from Your wrath and with Your pardon from Your punishment.”

Undoubtedly, there is no harm in such forms of tawassul.

Second, tawassul of a person to Allah, the Most High through showing obedience to Him as well as through his own good deeds which are done only for His sake. This meaning is involved in the verse that reads, “O ye who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means of approach unto Him, and strive (with might and main) in His cause: that ye may prosper.” (Al-Ma’idah: 35)

There is also a long Hadith speaking about three men who were trapped in a cave by a great stone, and nothing saved them but their supplications to Allah, each using a means through his best deed. This comes in accordance with the Hadith, “Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity.”

Third, tawassul through the righteous people’s supplications and the supplications of Muslims, one for the other, has been established since the time of Prophet Nuh (peace and blessings be upon him) who supplicated to Allah saying, “O Lord! Forgive me, my parents, all who enter my house in Faith, and (all) believing men and believing women: and to the wrong–doers grant Thou no increase but in Perdition!” (Nuh: 28)

Such supplication is recommended and rewarded by Allah, whether it is said in the presence of the one on whose behalf it is made or in his absence. The angels and the bearers of the Throne continuously supplicate: “Our Lord! Thou embraced all things in Mercy and Knowledge, forgive, then, those who turn in repentance, and follow Thy Path; and preserve them from the Chastisement of the Blazing Fire!” (Ghafir: 7)

Late Muslims supplicate for the sake of the early Muslims as a token of the unity of believers in their being all servants of Allah regardless of difference in time and place: “And those who came after them say, ‘Our Lord! Forgive us, and our brethren who came before us into the Faith, and leave not, in our hearts, rancour (or sense of injury) against those who have believed.” (Al-Hashr: 10)

The Muslim Ummah supplicates for the sake of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) after prayer and adhan out of their love and reverence to him.

The Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) used to ask the Messenger of Allah to supplicate to Allah to bring them rain. After the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) they asked Al-`Abbas, the Prophet’s uncle, to supplicate to Allah to give them rain due to his relation to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

In Islam, there is nothing wrong in asking your righteous Muslim brother to supplicate to Allah on your behalf.

Fourth, tawassul through the person of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and Allah’s love to him; concerning the ruling of this form of tawassul, I have found two opinions:

i) There is nothing related in this concern and the supplications mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah involve direct invocation to Allah. Therefore, it is more proper that we follow this direct style.

ii) Supplication to Allah through the person of Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was related in the narration which states that a blind man sought intercession of the Prophet with his Lord on his behalf in a supplication that he had learned from the Prophet, or from others, and when he said that supplication his sight was restored. Those who state that opinion add that this form of tawassul was reported in more than ten ways (of transmission), and this is a testimony on its behalf, although it was not narrated in the two Sahihs of al-Bukhari and Muslim.

However, the two parties disputed to the extent that they were about to fall into a prolonged rupture of relations. Both parties committed faults. For example, one of them accused the other of polytheism, and the latter described the former as hating the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). This resulted in more division among them. The issue became worse when the second sect drew analogy between the person of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and others whom they thought to be righteous and awliya’ (saints). They, moreover, neglected the authenticated supplications and indulged in formulas of supplications about which there is more than one opinion.

These people committed a mistake when they drew analogy between the person of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and others. Analogy should not be applied to acts of worship. They should have mainly used what is proven as authentic in the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

As for those who depict Muslims with polytheism, they should refrain from this and stop judging people depending only on mere ill thinking.

Fifth, tawassul through asking those who are close to Allah, as to ask a dead Prophet or a wali at his grave to fulfill one’s request. This form of tawassul is unanimously rejected in Islam, for it is a form of polytheism. What prevents those who commit this heinous act from asking Allah, Who is nearer to them than their jugular veins, and Who is the only One Who can fulfill all their requests?

However, it seems that the difference between those who regard tawassul through the person of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as permissible and those who do not, is like the difference between two religions. In their reactions to this issue, some scholars delivered incorrect judgments."

Quoted from M. A. Al-Khatib's Reflection on the Tract of the Teachings, published by Al-Falah Foundation for Translation, Publication & Distribution. 

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