Looking to the Prophet in Testing Times

We usually turn to someone we love when things get difficult. However, we also have the blessing of turning to the Best of Mankind, our Prophet, in testing times. When trials beset us, or difficulties arise, we turn to our Lord, asking His help and intervention. We also tend to turn to those we trust, […]

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 […]

Preservation of the Prophet's Hair and Seeking Blessings Through It

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra Question: Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa barakatuh. I wanted to know if the Prophet’s (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) hair is still preserved to this day, and if so, do people get blessings from it and are there any miracles related to it?  Answer: In the Name […]

Is Tawassul Permissible in the Hanafi School?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: You have several answers explaining the permissibility of tawassul. However I would like to ask about the Hanafi position in particular. In the Ikhtiyar of Imam Mawsuli in kitaab al-karaahiyya it says: (ويكره ان يدعو الله الا به) فلا يقول أسلك بفلان او بملائكتك او بأنيائك ونحو ذلك لانه […]

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 […]

Is It Permissible to Make Tawassul Through Awliya (Saints)?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I have read the evidences provided by yourselves for tawassul via the Prophet (sallaallahu alayhi wassalam). I have not, however, seen any evidence for intercession via saints …is there any such evidence and if not, then how can we say that this is permissible? Answer: Walaikum assalam, Tawassul through […]

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 […]

A Reader on Understanding the Attributes of Allah

Allah Breathing His Spirit Into Jesus? The Possible Meanings of this Verse & The Approach of Sunni Islam Towards Ambiguous Texts What Is Our Stance Regarding the Statement of Some That Allah “Sits” on the Throne? The Meaning of the Angels “Ascent” to Allah The Ash`aris & Maturidis: Standards of Mainstream Sunni Beliefs The Necessary […]