Invoking the Messenger or other people when standing up or sitting down

Question: There is a Muslim who testifies that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah but when standing up or sitting down, he says: ‘O Messenger of Allaah’, ‘O Aboo Al-Qaasim’, or ‘O Shaykh `Abdul-Qaadir’, and such words of seeking help from people other than Allaah. What is the ruling on doing so?

Answer: The person who invokes Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) or other people such as `Abdul-Qaadir Al-Jeelaanee or Ahmad Al-Teejaanee when standing up or sitting down, and whoever beseeches them for help whether to bring good or ward off harm is committing an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). These acts were common during Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance)… read more here.

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