by Ismail Dhul-Qarnayn, ASFA student

After the Debate between Abdur-Rahman Green and Ismail Dhul-Qarnayn, many Sri Lankans who had been fooled by the "Salafi" movement there, immediately realized their mistake and began to study the Ahl as-Sunna wal-Jama`at creed. Finding the powerful responses of Dhul-Qarnayn to the specious arguments of Mr. Green indisputable, many of them returned to the true `aqida and are now working to teach their "Salafi" friends the truth.

Recently, one sister who had been following the "Salafis" began to inquire about the belief and practices of Ahl as-Sunna wal-Jama`at from ASFSL members. She attended a session where she presented the arguments of the "Salafis" and in turn the Ahl As-Sunna ulama present refuted her statements with limpid and indestructible proofs from the Quran and Sunna. Finally, she agreed on most points but continued to hold reservations on the subject of shafa`a and tawassul. She posed a number of questions to Ismail Dhul-Qarnayn, student of Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, who has prepared the following reply.


<<Thawassul: 1. We do accept that there is tawassul as indicated by Prophet (s) in many places. These include:
> By the Prophet during his lifetime and on the day of the akhira
> By the parents for the children and by the children for the parents
> By the children who die very young
> by the martyrs
> by the hafiz
> by the pious people while they are living These had been categorically stated in the Quran and the hadeeth. What is not indicated is that anyone should ask tawassul through the dead, and through the Prophet (s).>>

Our response is:

There`s a contradiction in this statement. First the writer says that they agree and accept intercession by the Prophet (saw), the Martyrs and the Children in the categories that they listed but then in the ending comment they say it "is not indicated that anyone should ask for Tawassul throught the Prophet (saw)or the dead". This is "spitting in the wind". Which do they believe?...

You continue:

<<If is allowed to ask intercession through him or as some claim, that not asking intercession through them is a sign of arrogance, WHY DIDN'T HE TEACH US A SINGLE DUA WHICH INCLUDES ONE VERSE ASKING INTERCESSION THROUGH HIM? If it is essential or even permitted, wouldn't he have taught us in every single dua to include his name?>>

Our response is:

Let us begin to note that to not mention his name in ones Du`as in the beginning or at the end of it is not Honoring His [saw] status and position that Allah [swt] gave Him[saw]. For every Jumu`ah begins with Praising Allah and honoring the Prophet (saw) and it ends with it also...

you continue:

<<On the other hand no one disputes the fact that Allah indeed answers the duas which we ask Him directly. Why not ask Him directly? Allah says in the Quran [quotes here 39:44]...

Yousuf Ali comments: n 4310 ...Let alone worship, men should not rely on any power to person other than Allah to help them or intercede for them... But even prophets or saints or heroes have no power to intercede except as Allah wills and permits see also n: 4311.>>

Our answer is:

You have made claims that are easily refuted. A general verse may be clarified by more specific ones or by hadith. In this case it is so clear from Quran and Sunna that taking the Prophet (s) and the awliya as a means by which du`a are answered IS FROM THE SUNNA and from the way of the Salaf, our Pious Predecessors. Whoever denies denies the sun in the sky. To proceed...

You state:

<<Therefore we have not been given the knowledge of which wali's intercession will be accepted. We have not even been given the knowledge whether a person is a wali or not. This is not to dispute the fact that walis exist but what any "pious" person's true intention was known only to Allah as shown by the following hadeeth Ref. Hadeeth Qudsi no. 6 Allah knows best; He knows that what we try to do is to avoid doing something that is not backed by the authentic hathees (though there may be benefit in it according to some ulemas) for it does not reduce the amals in anyway to avoid them. We do not want to be like the ones Prophet (s) spoke about, those who would come on the day of the akhira thinking they have a lot of amals but would find all of them rejected. If anyone wants to seek intercession thorough anyone they think fit, let them do so. As much as they do not want us not to prevent anyone doing so, we also do not want anyone forcing us to do what we do not believe in.>>

Our answer is:

You have your beliefs, according to your understanding of Quran and Sunna, and we have ours. Ours is supported by clear texts...