Mu’awiyah on Tawassul: Supplications of living righteous people

Sulaym ibn ‘Amir reported: The sky withheld rain, so Mu’awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan and the people of Damascus sought prayers for rain. When Mu’awiyah sat upon the pulpit, he said, “Where is Yazid ibn al-Aswad al-Jurashi?” Then, the people called for him and he came forward cutting through the crowd. Mu’awiyah ordered him to ascend the pulpit and Yazid sat by his feet. Mu’awiyah said, “O Allah, we seek intercession with You today by the best of us and most virtuous of us! O Allah, we seek intercession with You today by Yazid ibn al-Aswad al-Jurashi! O Yazid, raise your hands to Allah!” Yazid raised his hands and the people raised their hands. The clouds in the west soon began to stir, a wind began to rush, and we were given rain until the people almost could not pray but in their houses.

Source: al-Ṭabaqāt al-Kubrá 7/444

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ سُلَيْمِ بْنِ عَامِرٍ الْخَبَائِرِيِّ أَنَّ السَّمَاءَ قَحِطَتْ مَخْرَجَ مُعَاوِيَةَ بْنِ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ وَأَهْلُ دِمَشْقَ يَسْتَسْقُونَ فَلَمَّا قَعَدَ مُعَاوِيَةُ عَلَى الْمِنْبَرِ قَالَ أَيْنَ يَزِيدُ بْنُ الْأَسْوَدِ الْجُرَشِيُّ فَنَادَاهُ النَّاسُ فَأَقْبَلَ يَتَخَطَّى فَأَمَرَهُ مُعَاوِيَةُ فَصَعِدَ الْمِنْبَرَ فَقَعَدَ عِنْدَ رِجْلَيْهِ فَقَالَ مُعَاوِيَةُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْتَشْفِعُ إِلَيْكَ الْيَوْمَ بِخَيْرِنَا وَأَفْضَلِنَا اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْتَشْفِعُ إِلَيْكَ بِيَزِيدَ بْنِ الْأَسْوَدِ الْجُرَشِيِّ يَا يَزِيدُ ارْفَعْ يَدَيْكَ إِلَى اللَّه فَرَفَعَ يَزِيدُ يَدَيْهِ وَرَفَعَ النَّاسُ أَيْدِيَهُمْ فَمَا كَانَ أَوْشَكَ أَنْ ثَارَتْ سَحَابَةٌ فِي الْمَغْرِبِ وَهَبَّتْ لَهَا رِيحٌ فَسُقِينَا حَتَّى كَادَ النَّاسُ لَا يَصِلُونَ إِلَى مَنَازِلِهِمْ

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