I am taking the class on the AlMaghrib class called Light Upon Light in Virginia with the student tribe (Qabeelat) Nurayn (MD-DC-VA), which is taught by Sh. Yasir Qadhi. The first session was a review on the first class, Light of Gudiance. After it was a over one of the students asked about tawassul and wasila. These are not the exact words, but he asked Sh. Yasir if it was permissible to ask Allah by the rank of the Prophet (saas) or the rank of a pious person. I’ll be honest, I thought Sh. Yasir would simply answer denying this and saying it was biddah, kufr and shirk. I was wrong. Not only was I wrong, but I was way off. Sh. Yasir basically said that their are two opionins within Sunni Islam and that both sides have their scholars and proofs. He said he believes it is impermissible and does not recommend it. He also said that he does not condemn anyone who defends it because they have a “galaxy of scholarship” on this.
That surprised me. He was very respectful and didn’t condemn the other opinion. MashaAllah!