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The Deobandi’s Error in Understanding the Prohibited forms of Waseelah

Not only do the Deobandis misunderstand the permissible forms of Waseelah but they also misunderstand the prohibited form of Waseelah. They consider direct invocation of the Prophets or Awliya as an impermissible form of Waseelah.

 

Mufti Abdur Rahim Lajpuri says, “The impermissible mediation (Waseelah) is that in which a person or thing other than Allah is considered a helper and a redresser that they alone will help one and will fulfill one’s need with their help. To cherish such a belief is not proper.”[1]

 

Moulana Ashraf Ali says, “To supplicate (or make Du’aa) directly to created beings is the way of the Mushrikeen (the polytheists). This form of Tawassul is unanimously Haraam (prohibited).”[2]

 

What is mentioned here in the two quotes is not a case of Waseelah at all because to directly call upon a Prophet or a Wali is not intercession, but is outright invocation to other than Allah for fulfilling one’s needs. This is openly making partners in the worship of Allah.

 

As for the Aqeedah that, “a person … other than Allah is considered a helper and a redresser that they alone will help one and will fulfill one’s need”

 

Then even the Mushrikeen (the Arab pagans), who supplicated to idols seeking their intercession (Waseelah) with Allah, did not consider the idols of pious men to be independent and self-sufficient helpers. This is clearly evident from their Talbiyah of Hajj when they would say, “Here I am at Your service, O Allah! There is no associate with You. Except a partner, whom You own and He does not own anything.”[3]

 

And when the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) asked the father of Imran Ibn Husayn: “How many gods do you worship today, Husayn?” His father replied, “Seven, six in the earth and one in Heaven.”  He asked, “Which of them do you take account of regarding your hopes and your fears?” Husayn replied the one in the Heaven.[4]

 

The Shirk of the Mushrikeen (the Pagan Arabs) was that they called upon their dead righteous people and Angels to intercede for them with Allah. And Allah said regarding their actions: “They worship besides Allah things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: “These are only our intercessors with Allah.”[5] And thus their practice was declared as Shirk and worship to other than Allah.


[1] Fatawa Rahimiyyah vol: 3 by Mufti Sayyid Abdur Rahim Lajpuri, p.5.

[2] Quoted from Kitabul Janaiz (Hanafee), p.21-24.

[3] See Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans.), vol. 2, The Book of Hajj, Hadeth no. 2671.

[4] Sunan at-Tirmidhee, no. 2465.

[5] Soorah Yunus (10): 18.