Tuhfah uth-Dhakireen, Front Cover, Publish Dar al-Kitab al-Arabi, Beirut, Lebanon
Qadhi Shawkani (rah) Writes: I says this hadith is proof for Intercession of Prophets (Peace Be Upon Him) narrated by Imam Tirmidhi, Imam Nisa’I, Imam Ibn Maja, Imam Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahih, and Hakim said hadith is correct on Bukhari and Muslim conditions. Narrated By ‘Uthman ibn Hunayf, that a blind man came to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and said, “I’ve been afflicted in my eyesight, so please pray to Allah for me.” The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Go make ablution (wudu), perform two rak’as of prayer, and then say: “Oh Allah, I ask You and turn to You through my Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy; O Muhammad (Ya Muhammad), I seek your intercession with my Lord for the return of my eyesight. on Tawasuul on Saint’s that hadith is a proof which is present in Bukhari in which Umar took Tawassul of Abbas and said that we take your Intercession after Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). [Tuhfat uth-Dhakireen Page No.
Imam Qadhi Shawkani (Salafi Scholer) on Tawassul: O Allah! Verily I ask you, and turn to you through your Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) the Prophet of Mercy, O Muhammad verily I turn towards my Lord through you to my Lord in this need of mine, to fulfill it, O Allah intercede/cure this! This hadith has been extracted by Tirmidhi, al-Hakim in his Mustadrak and Nisa’I, and it is from the hadith of Uthman bin Hanif may Allah be pleased with him. He said a blind man came to the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) and said: O Messenger of Allah Pray for me! He (Peace Be Upon Him) said: If you wish I will pray for you, but if you wish, you have been patient and this is better for you. He preferred to be supplicated for. The Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) instructed him to make Wudu and to make a perfect Wudu – Nisai’s narration adds in some of the reports (turuq) to make Wudu and pray two Rakah and then the supplication (as above). [Tuhfah al-Dhakireen Page No. 137]
It was also extracted by Ibn Maja , and al-Hakim in his mustadrak who stated that it is [authentic] according to the criterion of the two shaykhs (Muslim and Bukhari) and his narration had the addition: so he supplicated with this Dua and he arose and was able to see. Tirmidhi said the Hadith is Hasan Sahih (good and authentic) and we know this narration through this channel only from the Hadith of Abu Jafar and that is not al-Khatmi, these and other Imams have authenticated this narration, Nisa’I is alone in mentioneing the prayer, but Tabarani agreed with him and in mentions the same in some of his reports (turuq) it reports. In the narration there is [evidence] of the permissibility of Tawassul (taking a means) through the Messenger of Allah (saw) to Allah azza wa-jal with the firm belief that the only active agent (Faa’il) is Allah, for verily He alone is the giver and the preventer, what He wishes, is, and what He does not wish never can be. [Tuhfah al-Dhakireen Page No. 138]