Imam al-Qurthubi (r.a.) on Tawaswswul through the Prophet (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam al-Qurthubi (r.a.) wrote, on tawaswswul through the Prophet (s.a.w.), that it was related from Shaykh Abu Swadiq (r.a.) that ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “Three days after burying the Prophet (s.a.w.), an Arab came and threw himself on the grave of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  He took the earth and threw it on his head.  He said, ‘Ya Rasulullah!  You did speak and we did hear; you learned from Allah and we did learn from you.  Between those things which Allah did Send you, is following: I am the one, which is a sinner and now I did come to you, so that you may ask for me.’

After that, a call came from the grave, ‘There is no doubt, you are Forgiven!’”

This is found in Tafsir al-Qurthubi, al-Jami’ li Ahkam al-Quran, under the following verse:

We Sent no messenger save that he should be obeyed by Allah’s Leave.  And if, when they had wronged themselves, they had but come unto thee and asked Forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the messenger, they would have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful. (Surah an-Nisa’:64)

The incident of the Bedouin has also been recorded by Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.), in Shu’ab al-Iman; by Imam ibn Qudamah (r.a.), in al-Mughni; and by Imam ibn ‘Asakir (r.a.), in Tahdzib Tarikh Dimashq al-Kabir, popularly known as Tarikh ibn ‘Asakir, as quoted by Imam as-Subki (r.a.), in Shifa’ as-Siqam fi Ziyarat Khayr al-Anam.  It is also recorded in Tafsir al-Bahr al-Muhith by Imam Abu Hayyan al-Andalusi (r.a.).


  1. Salam Terence, what do you think of this article in this link, would like to hear your thoughts.


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    2. Wa as-Salaam sister,

      The writer is a Wahhabi and that is a Wahhabi site, Anything they say is discounted as inadequate. It is the consensus of the Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah that tawaswswul is valid. And there is overwhelming evidence of it in our literature,


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