Islamic concepts

Tawassul توسل — means (of access), way that brings you closer (to something)


That which brings you closer to another object

  • general: good deeds bring you closer to Allah
  • specific: ways to increase the chance of duʿāʾ being accepted
  • You who believe, be mindful of Allāh, seek ways to come closer to Allāh and strive for Allāh’s cause, so that you may prosper. 5:35
  • Those whom they invoke seek means of access to their Lord, [striving as to] which of them would be nearest, and they hope for His mercy and fear His punishment. Indeed, the punishment of your Lord is ever feared. (17:57)

find access

Qurʾān and Sunnah allows using:

  • Allāh’s names and attributes
  • Your state, past and present (Duʿāʾ of Zakarīyah)
  • Your good deeds
  • The Duʿāʾ of a living person

All other types are bidʿah or even shirk.

Tawassul through the Prophet:

  • Follow his Sunnah
  • Love him
  • Defend his honour

Bidʿah to ask Allāh through the Prophet’s status, body or honour.

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