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Seeking Rescue from the Living and Dead and Making Tawassul Through Them

Seeking rescue (al-Istighaathah) through the Prophets, the Pious Friends (of Allaah, the Awliyaa), and the Righteous in their life or after their death in order to remove harm or to bring about good, and similarly making Tawassul through them in both situations (of their being alive or dead), in order to fulfil ones needs and wants - is that permissible or not?

As for seeking rescue from the dead, from the Prophets and other than them, it is not permissible and it is from the Major Shirk. As for seeking rescue from the one who is alive and present (in the vicinity), and seeking rescue from him in that which he is capable of, then there is no harm in that, due to the saying of Allaah, the Sublime, "The man of his (own) party asked him (fastaghaathahu) for help against his foe" (al-Qasas 28:15).

As for Tawassul through the living or the dead, from the Prophets or other than them, by way of their physical essences, or their honour, or their right, then it is not permissible. It is from the innovations, and the means that lead towards Shirk.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Shaykh `Abdullah bin Ghudayaan
Shaykh `Abdullaah bin Qu`ood
Shaykh `Abdur-Razzaaq al-`Afeefee
Fataawaa al-Lajnah ad-Daa'imah, Vol 1 page 55, Fatwa No. 5553, compiled by Shaykh Ahmad ad-Duwaish.
Translated by Abu `Iyaad Amjad Rafiq
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