Islamic concepts

Istiʿānah

A subcategory of Duʿāʾ.

It is apparent from the clear verse of the Qur’an and authentic narrations mentioned above that to make du’a to the creation (i.e. istighathah) is not permissible, since to make du’a is worship and indeed worship is only the right of Allah. It is therefore clear that that Allah is the sole Being deserving of du’a and indeed all worship. Thus the practice of istighathah – which is to call for such help from the creation, which is beyond their natural means – would be impermissible and a possible cause of shirk. And this is because asking such help from the creation, which is not in the ambit of natural means or proven through authentic texts, implicitly attributes such qualities to the creation that in reality solely belong to Allah. Istighatha (calling upon someone for help, through Allah’s love and concern for them), Seeking help from other than Allah (istighatha)

Istighāthah: more physical help, help me carry this, any type of help, due to allah,

istiʿadhah: seek protection, help against enemy, threat. it's ritual, it's owed to allah.

istiʿanah : you can do it with a living entity that can hear you, that is physically powerful and qualified to help you. call 9-1-1. This means seeking help. Seeking help in a natural way is allowed (like calling 911 in an emergency). Seeking help in a supernatural way is unique to Allah (swt).

“You alone we ask for help.” (1:4) http://corpus.quran.com/qurandictionary.jsp?q=Ewn

“And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favour which He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He will. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (10:107)

Both isti’aanah and istighaathah are sub-categories of du’a

This Tawassul may be expressed by using any phrase or done in any form, including:

Wasila (supplicating Allah through a means),

Istighatha (calling upon someone for help, through Allah’s love and concern for them),

Isti’ana (seeking someone’s assistance, through Allah’s granting).

Isti’ana (seeking someone’s assistance, through Allah’s granting).