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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Shaykh Yusuf Al Nabhani on Istigatha & Tawassul

Various Scholars Quoted by Qadi Yusuf Al-Nabhani on Istigatha and Tawassul

The following is a short excerpt on the subject of tawassul and istigatha from Chapter 3 of Qadi Yusuf Al-Nabhani’s شواهد الحق في الاستغاثة بسيد الخلق
Al-Shaykh al-Ramli said: And the Messengers, Prophets and the Awliya have [the ability to] assist after their death because the miracles of the Prophets and Karamat of the Awliya are not severed following their death.
As for the Prophets, then they are alive in their graves praying and performing Hajj as it has come in the reports. So assistance from them will be a miracle from them. And the martyrs as well, they are also alive, and have been seen, openly fighting the disbelievers.
As for the saints then it is a Karamah from them. [End of quote from al-Ramli]
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nablusi mentioned after that a fatwa of al-Allamah Imam Abdul Hayy al-Shurunbulali al-Hanafi –rahimahullah, in summary, was his saying:
“As for Tawassul through the Prophets and Awliya, then it is permitted; as it is not to be doubted that a Muslim believes that it is Sidi Ahmad or others of the Awliya that bring about a fulfillment of ones needs conditioned by the will of Allah and His Power. Whenever it is possible to interpret the speech of a Muslim as having a correct meaning void of what necessitates imputation of disbelief, then this is the obligatory route that must be followed.” (end quote of al-Shurunbulali)
Abdul Ghani (al-Nabulsi) then narrated the legal verdict of Shaikh Sulayman al-Shabarkhiti al-Maliki with that (which coincides with the verdict of al-Ramli) and followed it with (the verdict) of Shams al-Shubri al-Shafi’i of which i have brought forth at the end of the first chapter of this book. After that he (al-Nabulsi) said:
And this is a reproduction of what the Imam al-Humam Shaikh Muhammad al-Khalili replied with, and then he (al-Nabulsi) mentions his verdict, in its length up to where al-Khalili said:
“And know that opposition to the folk, meaning the Sufis is what causes abandonment and it will bring its practitioner to a valley of loss, as has been textually stated by the Allamah, our Imam Ibn Hajar. So it is feared for whoever opposes them an evil end-as has occurred with many people thereby being despised and prevented from success. So whomever Allah wishes to guide, He expands their breast to Islam, and whoever He wished to lead astray, He makes his breast tight and constricted.
Shaikh al-Khalili said:
As for his statement, meaning the opponent that it is not permitted to perform Tawassul through the Prophets and Awliya, then this is a lie and fabrication. For indeed, our Imams have textually stated that is is permitted to perform Tawassul through the people of good and righteousness. And there is not a single commoner from among the common folk, much less from the elite that thinks that the likes of Sidi Ahmad al-Badawi can originate something from within the universe. Rather, they only see their own rank as so low to ask from Allah the exalted, so they perform Tawassul through those mentioned out of seeking their blessings as is not hidden (i.e. obvious).
He said: If you come to know that, then you know that performing Tawassul through the Prophets and the Awliya is permitted and recorded from the Salaf and the Khalaf, whether they (the Awliya) be alive or dead,
. And none deny this except those that have been tested with deprivation or a corrupt creed. We seek refuge in Allah from such a person, and his ways, for everything he says is rejected and it is incumbent that he not be relied upon.
And the gnostic al-Nabulsi said before that in his previously mentioned book, quoting from the legal verdict of the Shaikh Imam Allamah Abul ‘Izz Ahmad ibn al-‘Ajami al-Shafi’i al-Wafa’i al-Azhari:
“And the saying: O Sidi Ahmad al-Badawi, O Shaykh so and so is not from associating [partners with Allah] because the intention is that of Tawassul and Istigathah. Allah the Exalted said: “Oh you who believe fear Allah and seek unto Him a means of approach.”


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