Do Seeking Intercession (Tawassul), Visiting Shrines, and Other Popular Practices Have a Basis in Our Religion?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: As salam alaykum, Many people go to a tomb of a saint and ask for a child or a job. Some may even prostrate in its direction. Is it tawassul? Is building a shrine over a grave ok? Can the saint help from his grave? What is the meaning […]

Supplicating Through an Intermediary and Calling the Prophet "Master"

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Is it permissible to ask for help from other than Allah (e.g. prophet Muhammad sallalahu alaihi wasalam and the awlia e karam)? Also, recently someone told me that it is wrong to say that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihiwasalam is ‘Maula’, and that it is wrong to add the words […]

Did Adam’s Seek Intercession Through the Prophet (Allah bless them and give them peace)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Is the hadith true where Adam (AS) saw kalma tayyaba in the sky after being expelled from Paradise and then asked Allah to forgive him on behalf of the Prophet (SAW)? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray that you are well, insha’Allah. There are a number of reports […]

Tawassul: Supplicating Allah through an Intermediary

© Nuh Ha Mim Keller, 1995 From Reliance of the Traveller TAWASSUL (definition) Supplicating Allah by means of an intermediary, whether it be a living person, dead person, a good deed, or a name or Attribute of Allah Most High. The scholar, YUSUF RIFA’I, says: I here want to convey the position, attested to by […]