Q: What is tawassul?
A: Bismillah, alhamdulillah wa sallallahu ^ala rasulillah,
Tawassul is seeking help from Allah by mentioning the name of a Prophet or a Waliy such as saying: "O Allah bijah by the high status of the Prophet or the Waliy forgive me".
التوسل هو طلب الحاجة من الله بذكر اسم نبي كقول (يا رب اغفر لي بجاه محمد)
Imam an-Nawawiy (who is Ash^ariy, known to have authored the book of 40 Nawawiy Hadith) he said in his book al-Majmoo^ volume 8/274 in the book of "Descripiton of Pilgrimage" chapter: Visiting the Grave of the Prophet (Sallallahu ^alayhi Wa Sallam) he said: “And then he (the visitor of the Prophet’s grave) goes back to his first stand towards the face of the Prophet sallalahu ^alayhi wa sallam and makes Tawassul by Him (asks Allah by the Prophet) and asks for intercession by Him (the Prophet) to Allah”.
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