Question: An illiterate man who testifies that, “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah, Muhammad Rasoolullaah (There is no god but Allaah and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Messenger)” but makes Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah through a means) by other than Allaah saying: “O Badawee, O Husayn, help me”. He also offers vows to people other than Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and seeks blessings by touching the graves. He commits Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) over and above Al-Shirk Al-Asghar (minor form of associating others in worship with Allaah). Is it permissible to call him a Kaafir (disbeliever) or he is only ignorant of Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/ monotheism) and should not be accused of Kufr (disbelief)? Is it permissible to perform Salaah (Prayer) behind him, marry him, and eat from his sacrificed animals as he mentions the Name of Allaah on it? Please reply, may Allaah grant you success!
Answer: Making Du`aa’ (supplication) to anyone other than Allaah is an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.