Imam al-Hakim al-Nishapuri (d. 403H) and Tawassul

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The great mujadid and hadith scholar, adherent of the shafi school of fiqh and Ashari school of theology, the teacher of Imam al-Bayhaqi (d.458H), Imam Abu Abdallah al-Hakim al-Nishapuri (321-403H), narrates in his book “Tariqh Naysaburi”,

82 – يحيى بن صبيح (3) النيسابوري ……..معلم القرآن، وهو أول مقرئ أخذ على المسلمين القراءات بنيسابور، ومسجده معروف في دار كروان، وذهب إلى مكة وهناك توفي رضي الله عنه، وهو إمام المحدثين، والذي إذا دعي على رأس قبره يستجاب الدعاء قطعا

http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-4017#page-4

in his biographical entry on Yahya bin Sabih, that dua at the latter’s grave his answered, in other words,  it is a place of tawassul where dua is answered.

Similarly, Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani in his Tahdhib al-Tahdhib relates via Imam al-Hakim al-Nishapuri that:

وقال الحاكم سمعت أبا علي النيسابوري يقول كنت في غم شديد فرأيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في المنام كأنه يقول لي صر إلى قبر يحيى بن يحيى واستغفر وسل تقض حاجتك فأصبحت ففعلت ذلك فقضيت حاجتي.

http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-3310/page-5449

Imam al-Hakim heard Imam Abu Ali al-Naysaburi saying, when he had extreme distress he saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) in his dream who said to go to the grave of Yahya bin Yahya (who is among the teachers of Imam Muslim) and to seek forgiveness and ask for his needs, and that he did so and his needs were obtained.

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi in his book al-Munthazam also narrates that,

أَنْبَأَنَا زَاهِرُ بْن طَاهِرٍ، قَالَ: أَنْبَأَنَا [8] أَبُو بكر البيهقي، أنبأنا [9] الحاكم أبو عبد الله [النيسابوري] [10] قال: سمعت أبا الحسن محمد بْن الحسن [11] السراج الزاهد- وَكَانَ شديد العبادة- قَالَ: رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وآله وَسَلَّمَ فِي المنام كأنه قد أقبل، إِلَى أن وقف عَلَى قبر يحيى بْن يحيى وتقدم، وصف خلفه جمَاعة من أصحابه، فصلى عَلَيْهِ، ثم التفت إِلَى أصحابه فَقَالَ: / هَذَا القبر لأمان [12] لأهل هذه المدينة.

http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-12406/page-3561

Imam al-Hakim said that he heard Abu al-Hassan al-Siraj say that he saw in a dream the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him) stop at the grave of Yahya bin Yahya, prayed and turned around and said “this tomb is a sanctuary (place of safety/security/refuge) for the people of this city”.

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