The Tawaswswul of Hajar (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

One of the evidences permitting the seeking of help is what Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.) related, in a sound hadits from ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.) mentioned in the story of Hajar (r.a.), the mother of Isma’il, (a.s.), when thirst overtook her son and her, she began to run in search for water.  Then she heard a voice yet saw no one and she said, “If there be help with you, then help us.”

If seeking aid of other than Allah (s.w.t.) was shirk, then why did she seek aid?  Why did the Prophet (s.a.w.) mention it to his companions and not reject it?  And why did the companions after him transmit it and the narrators of ahadits mention it?


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