Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Tawassul in the Conduct of Great Scholars

God answers our prayers when we sincerely plead, and He has approved of people asking for His help through a mediator. Tawassul is the practice of using an intermediary to approach God with a request, and is a source of achieving closeness to Him. Though topic of tawassul has indeed raised questions and includes in-depth discussions on its validity, this article offers a brief explanation of tawassul, its levels, and focuses on examples of scholars’ emphasis on calling on to the Infallibles as a source of spiritual upliftment and a key solution to their problems by visiting their shrines, holding occasions on their births and mourning sessions on their death anniversaries. Some of these scholars include Ayatullah Baha’ul-Dini, Allamah Tabataba’i, Ayatollah Boroojerdi, and Ayatullah Bahjat.


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