Meaning of Waseela and Tawassul
WASEELA or TAWASSUL (Arabic: توسل) literally meaning is seeking closeness. to make a request or supplicate through a means. WASEELA or TAWASSUL are used interchangeably for the same meaning.
The some other meaning that has been mentioned in ARABIC to urdu dictionary are Rasta (way),Zaria (Medium),Taqarrub hasil karne ka zaria (way for seeking closeness). Sometimes it is also translated as Intermediary or Intercession.
But the Islamic understanding of Wseela and Tawassul is not synonymous to these terms and their literal meaning. Through Tawassul Muslims seeks nearness to Allah and ask for acceptance for his dua to Allah.