The grave worshippers claim that they call dead only to bring them near to Allaah

Question: What about the questioner’s saying that such worshippers claimed that they worshipped them only to bring them near to Allaah, thus acknowledging their worship of them, while the latter (group) claimed that they did not worship them but only sought their blessings?

Answer: Consideration is given to facts and meaning and not to words. Thus, if they say that they do not worship them but rather seek their blessings, it would not avail them as long as they perform the practices of the Mushriks preceding them, even if they do not call it worship (as they call it seeking their intercession or blessings). Seeking other than Allaah and invoking the dead, the prophets, and the righteous, and offering sacrifices to them, prostrating to or calling for their help – are all acts of worship, even if they call it service or anything else, since what count are facts and not names, as explained above… read more here.

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