Tawassul can also be made through mentioning one’s good deeds. So, one can say: “O Allaah! Because of my love for Your religion, and love for You and Your Prophet, forgive me!” Or,“O Allaah! Because of the charity that I gave to-so-and-so, out of pleasing You, then grant me my du’aa”.
The Qur’an is replete with this type of tawassul. In one verse, the believers are described as: “Those that say: ‘O Allaah! We have believed, so forgive us our sins, and save us from the Fire of Hell!” In this du’aa, tawassul is sought because of one’s Iman (faith) in Allah and His religion, and there is no doubt that the greatest good deed that a person can use in his Iman in Allaah.
This fact is, in and of itself, a great incentive for one to do deeds poorly for the sake of Allaah, so that one may use them as a means of tawassul when one is in dire need of a du’aa it being answered.
Tawassul Through Mentioning the Effect of the Du’aa
Tawassul can also be made by attaching the response of the du’aa to a good deed or benefit. So, for example, a person can say: “O Allaah! I ask you to increase me in knowledge, so that I may teach my family and relatives your religion.” Or, he might pray: “O Allaah! Increase my wealth so that I can spend it in your way!” This principle is shown by the hadith in which the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa salam), said. “When a person comes to visit the sick, then let him say: ‘O Allaah! Cure your servant so-and-so, for he will then inflict a wound on an enemy, or walk for your sake to the prayer”
It is also shown in the du’aa of Ibrahim when he left Hajar and Isma’il in the barren valley of Bakkah, later to be called Makkah:
“O My Lord! I have left my family to live in a valley that has no fruits, close to your Sacred House, so that they may establish the prayer. Our Lord! Therefore cause a group of people to love them, and provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.”(Q14[Ibrahim]:37).
So Ibrahim asked Allaah bless them with fruits, and cause a community of people to live with them, so that they could establish prayer and give thanks to Allaah. This is also demonmstrated in Musa’s du’aa:
“O My Lord! Give me a helper from my family. My brother Haroon. Increase my strength through him. And let him share my task. That we may glorify You a lot. And remember You much. Verily, You are ever a Well-Seer over us.”(Q20[Taha]:29-35).
Musa asked Allaah to bless him with Haroon as a helper so that both of them could thank Him and praise Him.
Tawassul by Asking a Living Person to Make Du’aa
It is allowed to make tawassul by asking a living person to make du’aa on your behalf, if you feel that such a person is a true and righteous person. So, it is permissible to go to a scholar, and say for example: “O so-and-so! I ask that you make du’aa to Allaah that he cure my son from such-and-such an illness.”
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited