The Veracity of Intercession by the Pious Departed

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam al-Qasthalani (r.a.), in al-Mawahib al-Laduniyyah, referencing the intercession of the different categories of awliya’, said, “When ordinary people fall into trouble, first of all, the akhyar supplicate for them, then turn by turn the nobility, abdal, the abrar and the nuqaba’.  If their supplication is granted, well and good.  Otherwise, the saint of the highest rank, ghawts, supplicates for them, and before he winds it up, his prayer is Granted.”

Imam ibn Hajr al-Haytsami (r.a.) recorded, in his Fatawa al-Haditsiyyah, the experience of Shaykh Abu ‘Abdullah al-Qurayshi (q.s.) that Allah’s (s.w.t.) friends help people after death just as they helped them in life, and the value of their benefit is not in the least reduced.  Shaykh Abu ‘Abdullah al-Qurayshi (q.s.) said, “A severe drought had enveloped Egypt in its grip and the people’s distress caused by hunger and thirst remained unrelieved in spite of their prayers and supplications.  So, I journeyed towards Syria, when I reached near the tomb of Allah’s Friend,” meaning Ibrahim (a.s.).  “He met me on the way and I said to him, ‘O Messenger of Allah!  I have come as a guest.  You should show your hospitality in the form of a supplication for the natives of Egypt.’  He prayed for them, so Allah Drove their famine away from them.”

This face-to-face meeting with Ibrahim (a.s.) is affirmed.  Imam Yafi‘i (r.a.) said, “The statement made by Abu ‘Abdullah al-Qurayshi that he had a face-to-face meeting with the Friend is based on truth.  Only an ignorant person can deny it who is unaware of the mode of living and status of the saints because these people observe the earth and the heavens and see the prophets in their living condition.”

Additionally, Imam ibn Hajr al-Haytsami (r.a.) also penned al-Jawhar al-Munazhzham on intermediation.  In it, he said intermediation through the Prophet (s.a.w.) is hasan.  Aside from these, there are thousands more of our pious predecessors who have affirmed the truth of wasilah from ahadits.


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