Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal & Tawassul — Yasir Qadhi’s Arrogance.


The following is evidence of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal’s approval of tawassul through our beloved Prophet (peace & blessings upon him):

“Imam Ahmad made tawassul through the Prophet a part of every du`a according to the following report: `Ala’ al-Din al-Mardawi said in his book al-Insaf fi ma`rifat al-rajih min al-khilaf `ala madhhab al-Imam al-mubajjal Ahmad ibn Hanbal (3:456): “The correct position of the [Hanbali] madhhab is that it is permissible in one’s supplication (du`a) to use as one’s means a pious person, and it is said that it is desirable (mustahabb). Imam Ahmad said to Abu Bakr al-Marwazi:

“yatawassalu bi al-nabi fi du`a’ih”
(“Let him use the Prophet as a means in his supplication to Allah.”)

The same report is found in Imam Ahmad’s Manasik as narrated by his student Abu Bakr al-Marwazi. Similarly the lengthy wording of the tawassul according to the Hanbali madhhab as established by the hafiz Ibn `Aqil in his Tadhkira was cited fully by Imam Kawthari in his appendix to Shaykh al-Islam Taqi al-Din al-Subki’s al-Sayf al-saqil included in Kawthari’s edition of the latter.”


Regarding Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal’s permissibility of doing tawassul through Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings upon him), Yasir Qadhi said:

“As for the statement attributed to Imam Ahmad, yes some Hanbali books state this. Personally, I haven’t come across the isnaad of this narration (I’m not saying its not authentic, I’m saying I haven’t found it yet), and for such delicate issues I would like to be fully certain before unequivocally attributing such an opinion to Imam Ahmad. Regardless, even if he did allow it, this would be an opinion that we would respect (from him and others), but not necessarily follow.”


The above quote by Yasir Qadhi must not be underestimated. This is explicit evidence from Yasir Qadhi (and by extension al-Maghrib Institute) that he is willing to NOT follow the pious adherents of the Salaf-us-Salih if their views do not conform to the Wahhabi-Salafi perspective. 

In this case, Yasir Qadhi is willing to reject the opinion of a mujtahid mutlaq Imam — the founder of the Hanbali madhab — who  clearly allowed tawassul through Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings upon him), as clearly illustrated in the evidence above.

This means that Yasir Qadhi’s measure of approval for opinions of the  Salaf-us-Salih depends on whether they agree with his own opinions or not. If they don’t, Yasir Qadhi conveniently dismisses them. Is this the approach of a genuine orthodox Sunni? Obviously not. The Salaf-us-Salih is only useful to Yasir Qadhi inasmuch as they agree with him — that’s it. 

Yasir Qadhi has reversed the matter to mean that the Salaf-us-Salih should follow him instead. This makes Yasir Qadhi a dangerous and arrogant innovater who uses the name of the Salaf us-Salih only to promote his Wahhabi agenda and unorthodox interpretations. This is while knowing well that the Salaf-us-Salih are the ‘best of Muslims’ who we should try our best to emulate. They are our role models. They possess more knowledge than us. We should be humble and follow their understanding of Islam that was deeply rooted in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Our beloved Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) said:

“The best of people is my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them.”

(Source: Bukhari and Muslim)

In spite of the Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) specifying the high status of the Salaf-us-Salih, Yasir Qadhi conveniently dismisses them when they differ from his Wahhabi perspective.  Yasir Qadhi should fear Allah and repent for his arrogance. 


As if this was not enough, Yasir Qadhi proclaimed his view of tawassul in complete contradiction to the ijtihad of our beloved mujtahid mutlaq Imam, Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Yasir Qadhi said:

“The issue of asking Allah ‘…by the rank/status/body/honor of the Prophet.’ This is an innovation.”


Does Yasir Qadhi know that Imam Ahmad memorized one million ahadeeth, including all the chains of narration and status of those narrators? What authority does Yasir Qadhi have to reject Imam Ahmad’s ijtihad on the matter when Yasir is clearly not at the rank of being a mujtahid mutlaq? Does Yasir expect us to reject Imam Ahmad’s approval of tawassul through the Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) and embrace his (Yasir’s) opposition to tawassul when Yasir’s understanding is NOT rooted in the Salaf-us-Salih, nor in agreement with what the Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki, and Hanbali madhahib said about the matter? 


Imam Ahmad even said that the minbar can be used for tabarruk:

“Imam Ahmad’s son `Abd Allah said: I asked my father about the man who touches and kisses the pommel of the Prophet’s minbar to obtain blessing, or touches the grave of the Prophet. [Imam Ahmed] responded by saying:

“There is nothing wrong with it.”

“`Abd Allah also asked Imam Ahmad about the man who touches the Prophet’s minbar and kisses it for blessing, and who does the same with the grave, or something to that effect, intending thereby to draw closer to Allah. [Imam Ahmad] replied:

“There is nothing wrong with it.”

This was narrated by `Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Hanbal in his book entitled al-`Ilal fi ma`rifat al-rijal (2:492).

Will Yasir Qadhi dismiss this evidence too? How much evidence will he dismiss to uphold his Wahhabi credentials? 


It is interesting to note that even the late Wahhabi Naseeruddin al-Albani contradicted Yasir Qadhi when he confirmed that Imam Ahmad allowed tawassul through the Prophet (peace & blessings upon him). It seems like Yasir Qadhi thinks he knows more than all teachers of hadeeth  — even if the hadeeth “teacher” is a Wahhabi! Al-Albani said:

“Imaam Ahmad allowed tawassul by means of the Messenger alone, and others such as Imaam ash-Shawkaanee allowed tawassul by means of him and other Prophets and the Pious.”

(Source: al-Albani, At-Tawassul, p. 38)

Allah Protect us and our children from such misguided “scholars” who lead themselves and those who follow them astray. Aaameen!


2 responses to “Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal & Tawassul — Yasir Qadhi’s Arrogance.

  1. “It is interesting to note that even the late Wahhabi Naseeruddin al-Albani contradicted Yasir Qadhi when he confirmed that Imam Ahmad allowed tawassul through the Prophet (peace & blessings upon him)” –

    I was just going through the thread and at this place i could make your bluffing about Yasir Qadhi as well Shaikh al Albani. Luckily I had read the book and here the next line of Shaikh after writing “Imaam Ahmad allowed tawassul by means of the Messenger alone……. At tawassul P.38”

    Shaikh Albani has written “However we, as in case of all matters follow whatever is supported by the proof, whatever that is, without sticking blindly to the opinions of men (Imam Ahmed and Shaukani in this case).”

    And on the same page Shaikh Albani has clearly mentioned three permissible ways of tqwassul stablished by proofs from Quran and Sunnah which are –
    1) tawassul by means of names of Allah
    2) tawassul by means of righteous action which the person supplicating has done for the sake of Allah
    3) tawassul by means of supplication made by a righteous man.

    So it is clear that Yasir Qadhi and even Shaikh Al albani taught only above three proven and prescribed ways of tawassul. Your allegation against both of them are false.

    Read the book completely to learn the subject of Tawassul instead of just cherry picking for your benefits.

    May Allah guide who seeks his guidance. Aameen.

    • Md. Arif,

      You have strengthened my point even more by your comments.

      It is undoubtedly true that Imam Ahmed said that tawassul through our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) is permissible. I gave the evidence in the article but you failed to comment on it. Why?

      While the evidence is confirmed, Yasir Qadhi does not discuss it or confirm it in his discussions. Another: why? He keeps silent on this evidence and mentions the other forms of tawassul he considers legitimate. This is precisely cherry-picking: showing what proves his point; keeping silent and not showing evidence that disproves his point.

      Naseerudin al-Albani, however, confirms the evidence as quoted in the article. But while confirming the evidence that Imam Ahmed did allow tawassul through Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him), he still rejects tawassul! This you have confirmed in your quote from al-Albani in your response that I thank you for. The contradiction between Yasir Qadhi and al-Albani is that the former does not confirm the evidence, while al-Albani does — both still reject it nonetheless, and that’s a pity.

      Again, this strengthens my original point: Wahhabis violate the manhaj (way) of the the pious Salaf us-Salih (Allah bless them) — in this case, the understanding of a mujtahid mutlaq named Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, who resided within that noble period.

      I choose to follow the footsteps of the pious Salaf us-Salih. Do you?

      May Allah Guide you and the rest of us on the Path of Truth. Aaameen.


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