Rasa – Hujjat al-Islam Vaez-Shahidi‎ spoke about tawassul and said, “We don’t consider the ‎intercession of Imam as a act which is independent of his domain but ‎rather, we’re aware ‎that the permission of the Lord to intercede and heal was given as a ‎result of their to the ‎Lord.”‎‏”

RNA – In a lecture to a group of pilgrims at the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Ridha in Mashhad,‎ Hujjat al-Islam Abdolhamid Vaez-Shahidi spoke about the issue of tawhid (monotheism and the unity ‎of God).

The professor at Mashhad’s Shahid Motahhari University referred to the fact that shirk, which ‎means associating a partner with God, can be rooted in two forms in the existence of man – ‎either khafi (inconspicuous) or jali (open) shirk – and stated, “God said to the Prophet ‎Muhammad, ‘if you engage in shirk, all of your actions will be destroyed.’ The exegetists ‎have explained that shirk is the inconspicuous association of partners with God and that by ‎showing off, conceit, pride and so on such issues arise in man. For this reason, man must ‎seek God’s assistance at any moment.”‎

He added, “One of the most important pitfalls of our actions is conceit and pride. Sometimes ‎a person prays and in the same prayer, he remembers God. This is while Imam al-Sajjad ‎addressed God and said, ‘Oh my God, how can I give thanks to you, for my thanking you ‎will require me to thank you for giving me the capacity to thank!‎’ So if we do something, it ‎must only be to gain God’s satisfaction so it becomes worthy.”‎
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Hujjat al-Islam Vaez-Shahidi said, “Imam al-Sadiq has said that sometimes a believing man ‎enters a mosque with a corrupt man, but when they leave the mosque, they switch places. ‎A believing man who receives credit from God for his prayer and becomes proud of his ‎prayers and destroys his actions but the corrupt man who realizes his mistakes and prays ‎with hope in God’s favour and kindness, God will be kind to him.”‎
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In response to the doubt that “resorting to the Infallible Imams can be considered as shirk,” ‎he said the Sunnis have a firm belief in Ahl al-Bayt, especially the eighth Imam [Imam al-‎Ridha], but the Wahhabis, who are a false movement, are opposed to Shi’ahs and say, ‎‎“Why do you seek the intercession (tawassul) of the Ahl al-Bayt or seek the healing of the ill from the Imams?” The ‎answer is that we don’t consider the intercession of Imam as a act which is independent of ‎his domain but rather, we’re aware that the permission of the Lord to intercede and heal was ‎given as a result of theor servitude to the Lord.”‎
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In conclusion, Hujjat al-Islam Vaez-Shahidi ‎emphasized, “God has said to us that we can ask ‎Him for our needs through the Ahl al-Bayt and explained that Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah and ‎the Ahl al-Bayt are the means of divine grace of God to His servants.”‎

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