Waseela-Inter mediation/Intercession in Islam
Allahumma Swalli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Ala aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Sallim
This is a short note on Waseela (Intermediary of Prophets and Saints and Intercession) . I do not know much complicated philosophies either to prove or to disapprove waseela. Some scholars go to very complications to say Waseela is shirk and bid’ah!. They take the verses about unbelievers taking waseela of unbelievers and apply to Muslims taking waseela of believers, and then call Muslims Mushirk and Kafir.
May Allah’s curse and warth be up on the liars who take Quran and Hadith to lie about Allah and His Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam/
WHY WASEELA OF UNBELIEVERS PROHIBITED?:
Waseela (Intermediary) of unbelievers are prohibited. Because unbelievers Aqeedha (faith) is Kufr (disbelief). Unbelievers helpers and protectors are unbelievers. You may ask then the Waseela of Christians and Jews may be accepted?
For example Christian making Isa alaihissalam as Waseela (Intermediary) is accepted?
Anyone who take the Prophets of Allah as Intermediary is accepted. Isa alaihissalam is Prophet (A.S) of Islam. But the Waseela of Isa alaihissalam will be rejected in divine presence, if the Waseela (intercession) of Isa alaihissalam involves believing him as God/Son of God!
The Waseela (Intercession) of Isa alaihissalam, Rooh Al Qudus (Holy Spirit alaihiswalathu wa salam) will be accepted if the one who take waseela do not worship them or consider them as part of God/as sons or partners of God’s Mighty Authority.!
Quran also prohibits taking the waseela (intercession of unbelievers), like pagan gods, idols and sages! Because they worship others beside Allah and they do not follow the laws of Torah, Enjeel and Quran.
Quran 3:28 Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with Allah , except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.
This verse is clear, Allah allows to take believers helpers (intermediaries/intercessors), but not the unbelievers. It is sure that Quran is not meaning here that Quran is prohibiting you to take worldly help. The verse clearly indicate spiritual help in relation with Allah.
If it is about help in worldly matters, then Muslims would have sought refuge in Abyssinia with a Christian king of that time. Muslims do not apply from Non-Muslim European countries today!, the Salafi rebels in Syria would not have taken weapons ,money and aid from west! You would not have visited a non-Muslim doctor for medical help,you would not have accepted blood donation from a blood bank, you would not have purchased food from a non-Muslim!
The above verse proves spiritual help, that Muslims must take spiritual help from Muslim alone. That you cannot go to a priest of another religion for spiritual help, because the spiritual help coming from them involve idolatry and rituals which may be offered to devils or false gods!
Quran 4:139 Those who take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honor [through power]? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely.
WASEELA IN ISLAM:
Quran 5:35 O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed.
Which is explained in Quran 17:80
Say: “O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).”
We can see that the Waseela is to enter in the Gate of Truth (Sirath Al Mustqeem)
from Hadith we see that during the Journey of ascension (Miraj) Prophet Muhammad (S.a.w) seeing other Prophets and they are asking Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) to give their greeting (salam) to Allah, when Prophet Meet Allah. While returning to earth, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was met with Prophet Moses (a.s) several times and with the intercession of Prophet Moses (a.s) the Islamic obligatory prayers (Salah) make to 5 times from 50 times!
Quran 1:6 Show us the straight way,
We all know that Allah do not come Himself to show the straight Path, HE Sent Angles to Prophets and Prophets to mankind. After Prophets it’s their successors who guide in the way of truth.
1:7 The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.
459 O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you.
Sahih al Muslim Kitab al Iman 1:0027: ……………… Beware of the supplication of the oppressed for there is no barrier between him and Allah.
The Hadith shows us that, there is tawassul/waseela is applied in most prayers, but certatin times of agony and oppression, Muslims are excused not to make tawassul, as they do not make tawassul out of duress or ignorance or force! (leave tawassul without intnetion to leave it on purpose)!
Just as Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala sayings: there is no sin in eating prihibited things when one fears persecution or death!
The proof is: On the authority of Ibn Abbas that the messenger of Allah said:
“Allah has pardoned for me my people for [their] mistakes and [their] forgetfulness and for what they have done under duress.” a fine hadith related by Ibn Majah,Al-Baihqi, and others (Imam Nawawi’s 40 Hadith)
Quran 5:3. Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals – cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc., or on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns – and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal – unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) – and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An-Nusub (stone altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision, (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allah and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above-mentioned meats), then surely, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
And a Warning to people who make religion a confusion and harsh:
Sahih Al Bukhari,Volume 9, Book 92, Number 404:
The Prophet did something as it was allowed from the religious point of view but some people refrained from it. When the Prophet heard of that, he, after glorifying and praising Allah, said, “Why do some people refrain from doing something which I do? By Allah, I know Allah more than they.”
SAHIH MUSLIM BOOK 030, HADITH NUMBER 5688.
Uqba b. ‘Amir reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) one day went out and he offered prayer over the martyrs of Uhud just as prayer is offered over the dead. He then came back and sat on pulpit and said: I shall be present there (at the Cistern) before you. I shall be your witness and, by Allah, I perceive as if I am seeing with my own eyes my Cistern at this very state and I have been given the keys of the treasures of the earth or the keys of the earth and, by Allah, I am not afraid concerning you that you would associate anything (with Allah after me),but I am afraid that you would be vying with one another (for the possession of) the treasures of the earth.
So Prophet (S.a.W) taking oath by the name of Allah, and saying I am not afraid concerning you that you would assocaite anything with Allah (after me)!
But a group of people saying Muslims doing shirk , whose word is more truth worthy? theirs or Prophhet’s and Allah’s?.
Allah says in Quran Sura Najm: 53:3 Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination. 53:4 It is not but a revelation revealed
So we can can see that those who call Muslims as Mushrik are liars (impostors and Dajjals).
It is them whom Prophet (s.a.w) warn us to isolate our self until we meet Allah, or they think they are receiving revelation from Allah?, No, they are fooled by Satan!
Sahih Muslim Book 020, Hadith Number 4553.
Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman said, “People used to ask the Prophet, peace be upon him, about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we were lost in ignorance (jahiliyyah) and evil, then Allah brought this good (i.e. Islam). Will some evil come after this good thing?’ He said, ‘Yes’ I asked, ‘And will some good come after that evil?’ He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted with some evil’ I asked, ‘How will it be tainted?’ He said, ‘There will be some people who will lead others on a path different from mine. You will see good and bad in them.’ I asked, ‘Will some evil come after that good?’ He said, ‘Some people will be standing and calling at the gates of Hell; whoever responds to their call, they will throw him into the Fire.’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them for us.’ He said, ‘They will be from our own people, and will speak our language.’ I asked, ‘What do you advise me to do if I should live to see that?’ He said, ‘Stick to the main body (jama’ah) of the Muslims and their leader (imam).’ I asked, What if there is no main body and no leader?’ He said, ‘Isolate yourself from all of these sects, even if you have to eat the roots of trees until death overcomes you while you are in that state.’ “
Can a Hadith in Sahih Al Muslim be wrong?, Wahhabi publications (Darussalam) says: http://store.dar-us-salam.com/product/H17.html Sahih Muslim is the most authentic book of Hadith after Sahih Al-Bukhari and contains 7,563 Ahadith. The Muslim Scholars have agreed that all of the Ahadith in Sahih Muslim are authentic. Thus, Darussalam realized the great benefit of publishing the full version of Sahih Muslim in the English language in the best presentation. Much care has been taken in rendering these Ahadith into a clear and simple style of modern English.
So, we can still that many people are destined to be misguided by Salafi Wahhabi preachers like Mufti Ismail Menk, Zakir Naik, Albani, Bin Baz, Abur Raheem Green, Bilal Philips, ABu Mussab Wajiddi Akkari etc etc through their Peace TV and Internet Video channels like Youtube!
We pray that may Allah protect Muslims from this Jahiliya scholars!
Quran as a Waseela:
|Quran 2:143 Thus We have appointed you a middle nation, that ye may be witnesses against mankind, and that the messenger may be a witness against you. And We appointed the qiblah which ye formerly observed only that We might know him who followeth the messenger, from him who turneth on his heels. In truth it was a hard (test) save for those whom Allah guided. But it was not Allah’s purpose that your faith should be in vain, for Allah is Full of Pity, Merciful toward mankind.
It is clear that the Imams of this Ummah are a witness over all nation, we are a middle nation not in worldly meaning, Because in worldly meaning we are the last nation of last Prophet(s.a.w). But we are a middle nation in spirituality. That we are a witness against all previous nations. We mean our Imams, the deputies of Prophet (s.a.w), those who are in authority, the successors of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam. And Allah’s Messenger is a Witness for us or against us.
Ahlul Bayt as Waseela (Means of seeking) in Islam:
Tabarani narrates from Abu Dhar, who said: I heard the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam say:
مثل أهل بيتي فيكم كمثل سفينة نوح في قوم نوح من ركبها نجا ومن تخلف عنها هلك ومثل باب حطة في بني اسرائيل
‘The example of my Ahl al-Bait within you is the example of the Ark of Nuh within the nation of Nuh; whoever boarded it was saved and whoever stayed behind was destroyed. It is also the example of the ‘Hitha’ of the Bani Isra’eel.’ [Tabarani in Al-Awsat, Vol. 4, Page 283, Hadith 3506 | Mustadrak al-Hakim, Vol. 2, Page 427, Hadith 3312]
Tirmidhi, denoting it Hassan, and Haakim narrated from Zaid bin Arqam that the Prophet aaihiswalathu wa salam said:
إني تارك فيكم ما إن تمسكتم به لن تضلو بعدي: كتاب الله وعترتي أهل بيتي ولن يفترقا حتى يردا علي الحوض، فأنظروا كيف تخلفوني فيهما
‘Verily I am leaving in you that to which if you firmly hold onto you will not go astray after me; The Book of Allah and my family the Ahl al-Bait. These two will not be separated until they meet me at the Fountain (of Kawthar), so look (take care) at how you deal with them after me.’ [Sunan Tirmidhi, Vol. 5, Page 626, Hadith 3788 | Mustadrak al-Hakim, Vol. 3, Page 160, Hadith 4711]
Ibn Shayba and Musadad in their respective Musnads; Hakeem Tirmidhi in ‘Nawaadir Al Usool’, Abu Ya’laa and Tabarani narrated from Salama bin Aku’ that the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam
الندم أمان لأهل السماء وأهل بيتي أمان لأمتي
‘The stars are the refuge for the people of the Heavans and my Ahl al-Bait is the refuge for my Ummah.’ [Ibn Hajar in Matalib al-Aaliya, Vol. 4, Page 262, Hadith 3972 | Tabaran
i in Al-Kabir, Vol. 7, Page 22, Hadith 6260 | Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 12, Page 101]
So we can see that Waseela is existing in Islam and without this waseela one cannot be successful in his Journey to Aakhirath.(hereafter)
And the seeking Waseela of the pious believers and the progeny of Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, is what guide a Muslim to safety in this world and hereafter.
So Allah says in Quran:
“O soul that is at rest satisfied. Return to your Lord well-pleased (with Him), well-pleasing (Him). So, enter among My servants, and enter into my Paradise.” (Al-Fajr 89:27-30)
The Spiritual lineage and Waseela is carried from Centuries to Centuries by Awliya Allah and ahlul Bayt:
Sahih al Bukhari Book 85 (of dreams): Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “I have been given the keys of eloquent speech and given victory with awe (cast into the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping last night, the keys of the treasures of the earth were brought to me till they were put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle left (this world) and now you people are carrying those treasures from place to place.
One of the Treasure is that the dreams of a true believer, which is part of Prophet hood (Nubuwath):
Sahih Al Bukhari Book 87:
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle said, “A good dream (that comes true) of a righteous man is one of forty-six parts of prophetism.”
TAWASSUL OF THE RIGHTEOUS JAMAH OF THE END OF THE TIMES, TO JESUS CHRIST (A.S)
SEEK MEANS (WASEELA) TO APPROACH YOUR LORD:
“O you who believe! Do your duty to Allaah and fear Him. And seek the means of approach to Him, and strive hard in His Cause (as much as you can), so that you may be successful”
Seek a Means to approach him-represent the Hijra (migration) to Allah and Prophet.
Hadith Says: On the authority of Omar bin Al-Khattab, who said : I heared the messenger of Allah salla Allah u alihi wa sallam say :
“Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.” related by Bukhari and Muslim
To have an Imam (spiritual guide) or a leader is one of the condition of migration.Whenever Sahaba go a journey they used to appoint an Imam among them itself. So what is the point of Saying we do not need Imam for the migration to Allah?. Which one is more difficult and trick of Shaytan involve?
This is the reason we must follow a living Shaykh of Tasawwuf among us to lead us in the migration to Allah and His Messenger. His Tarbiyath (Spiritual guidance and support is necessary.
You are the beginner, so you must have a Shaykh of tarikat whom you can reach.So be on Waseela of you are migrating to ALLAH., if you are not, then live as you like.
In Tafseer Roohul Bayan: “Should you understand that the order has come to seek a Waseela in this verse.Because except by a Waseela one cannot reach in Allah. Waseela means the spiritual masters who reach in the Haqiqa and the Shaykhs of Tarikat (Sufism)-Tafseer Roohul Bayan: 3/468
Imam Rasi says:
صراط اللّذين أنعمت عليهم- وهذا يدلّ علي انّ المريد لا سبيل له الي الوصول الي مقامات الهداية والمكاشفة الاَ اذا اقتدي بشيخ يهديه الي سواء السبيل ويجنّبهم مواقع الأغاليط والأضاليل وذلك لأنّ النقص غالب علي أكثر الخلق وعقولهم غير وافية باِدراك الحق وتميز الصواب من الغلط فلا بدّ من كامل يقتدي به الناقص حتي يتقوّي عقل ذلك الناقص بنور عقل ذلك الكامل فحينئذ يصل الي مدارج السعادة معارج
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