This is a wonderful lecture by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, a descendant of our Prophet Muhammad, on seeking tawassul with our beloved Sayyid and final Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s infinite blessings be upon him!
Compiled by Abul Layth
It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (‘alayhis salam) said:
“My life is good for you. You will relate about me and it will be related to you, and my death is a good for you, for your actions will be presented to me. If I see goodness I will praise Allah, and if I see other than that I will ask forgiveness of Him for you.”
In this article we will be reviewing the chains and texts of this narration. It will also be our objective to respond to doubts raised regarding its authenticity.
The opponents of Tawassul with the Nabi, i.e. the Wahhabis/Taymiyyites, consistently rely upon the famous narration of Imam Umar ibn Al Khattab (radhiya Allahu ‘Anhu) using Al-’Abbas (radhiya Allahu Anhu) as an intermediary. The following is the reply of two scholars of Fes, Shaykhs Abdul-Hayy Al Amrawi and Abdul Karim Murad in their translated work, “Sufis and Sufism: A Defence”, translated by Sayyidah Aisha Bewley. You will see that the anti-tawassul usage of this athar is not proof for forbiddance of tawassul with the Prophet Muhammad at all.
By Ibn Saad
This is an open Challenge to those who are opposed to Tawassul. Please look at the quotes below and answer all of the following questions in the comment section:
1) Are the statements below correctly ascribed to their respective Imam, if not which is a false statement and why?
2) If indeed these Imams did make these claims, should Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, Imam Ibn Khuzaima, Imam Ibn Hibban, Imam Nawawi and Imam Shawkani be considered kuffar based on this?
3) If not, are they Muslims, but guilty of Shirk of some degree?
4) If not, are they mubtadi’een?
5) Were they jahils to allow/perform tawassul without (supposedly) any daleels?
If you have said NO so far, can we agree that Tawassul is a Fiqh issue instead of an Aqeedah one?
by Abul Layth
Who is Al-’Utbi?
He is Muhammad ibn Ubaydullah ibn ‘Amru ibn Mu’awiyah ibn ‘Amru ibn Utbah ibn Abi Sufyan Sakhr ibn Harb. He was from the most eloquent of men, a companion of narrations, and a narrator of literature. He reported from his father and from Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah. Taqiyud-Din As-Subki reports the narration that we are soon to go over in his Shifaa’ As-Siqaam regarding the visiting of the grave of the Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He reports this narration with his chain. ((See Futuhaat Ar-Rabbaaniyah 5/39 ))
The narration of Al-’Utbi is probably not known to many English speaking Muslims. Let me state my purpose in producing this article. I am going to share a photocopy as well as further research regarding the narration of Al-’Utbi so that the Muslim masses will be informed of the fact that many great ‘Ulamaa’ of the past maintained that Tawassul by the Nabi Muhammad is permitted in Islam. We hope that this information will lend more credence to the fact that the greatest Jurists to have walked the earth believed in tawassul with the beloved Prophet Muhammad.