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Islamic Concept of Intermediation (Tawassul)

Islam is a comprehensive religion as it covers all aspects of human life. It is a religion of balance and moderation; it avoids extremes. Other religions overplay one aspect of human life and underplay the other, and are, therefore, lopsided. For example, in some religions the spiritual component of life is overstressed and man is […]

  • Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
  • Prof Iftikhar A. Sheikh
  • Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Publications
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Islamic Concept of Intermediation (Tawassul)
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    Islam is a comprehensive religion as it covers all aspects of human life. It is a religion of balance and moderation; it avoids extremes. Other religions overplay one aspect of human life and underplay the other, and are, therefore, lopsided. For example, in some religions the spiritual component of life is overstressed and man is raised to the level of a mere abstraction; in other religions, the physical and the palpable aspect is overemphasized and man is reduced to the level of an animal or a machine. Their extremistic attitude not only creates imbalance but also encourages a variety of splits and contradictions, which not only disillusion their more sensitive followers but also give rise to a sense of general apathy, even revulsion, towards their high-sounding claims. Islam acknowledges the relevance of both aspects of human life, the physical and the spiritual. But it does not dissociate them from each other; rather it weaves them into a higher form of unity. Islam acknowledges the pressure of physical compulsions but it does not give them a free ride. On the other hand, it frames a set of definite rules to channelize them into more positive outlets; similarly, it acknowledges man’s spiritual yearnings and tries to cast them into a mould that is compatible with practical realities. the book Islamic Concept of Intermediation through exhaustive research and extensive marshalling of details, arguments and proofs, drawn from the Qur’ān, the hadiths, and the practice of the Companions, has conclusively proved the reality and validity of intermediation. Those who deny its legitimacy and legality are only driven by their ignorance, lack of understanding or sheer perversity. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri deserves a lot of praise for his keen insight into the subtleties and nuances of the religion of Islam, as this is the only book of its kind available in English language, both in terms of the quantity and the quality of its contents.

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    • Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
    • Prof Iftikhar A. Sheikh
    • Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Publications
    • 2001
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