Seeking help from and making vows to the Awliyaa’

Question: What is the ruling on seeking help from the Awliyaa’ (pious people), offering vows to them, considering them intercessors with Allaah, making Tawaaf (circumambulation) around their graves, seeking blessings from the stones thereof, and shading them ?

Answer: Seeking the Awliyaa’s help at their graves, vowing to them or considering them intercessors to Allaah and asking them to do so is Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that drives a person away from Islam and admits them permanently into Hellfire if they die while believing in this… read more here.

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Vowing to offer lawful food or animals for the sake of other than Allaah

Question: Making vows for other than Allaah is void. However, is it valid, for instance, to vow a sheep for Shaykh Muhyee Al-Deen or `Abdul-Qaadir Al-Jeelaanee and then give the meat to the poor, claiming that the Shaykh receives the reward and so he blesses whoever made the vow? If not, is it lawful to eat the meat of these vowed sheep? Does this fall under the saying of Allaah, …and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah because the vowed animal is Taahir (purified)? Can that Taahir animal be unlawful because of a void vow?

Answer: First of all, vowing and slaughtering are acts of `Ibaadah (worship) that should not be offered to other than Allaah (Exalted be He). Whoever vows or slaughters for other than Allaah commits Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Seeking help from living humans regarding those things that they are able to do

Question: A righteous scholar told us: “Awliyaa’ (pious people) fulfill the needs of people who invoke them instead of Allaah”. To support his view, he quoted the following Hadeeth in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Allaah has some servants to whom people will turn for fulfilling their needs. Such are those who will be safe (from the torment) on the Day of Resurrection.

Answer: Seeking help from a live person who is present and can fulfill a need is permissible like asking someone to lend you some money or seeking his help to restore one of your lost rights or to remove something wrong that was done to you… read more here.

Seeking the help of the prophets and Awliyaa’

Question: Two groups holding opposing views: the first group maintains that seeking help from prophets and Awliyaa’ (pious people) constitutes Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship); they give evidence from Qur’aan and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) in support of their view. The second group maintains that seeking help from prophets and Awliyaa’ is permissible because they are the chosen, sincere Servants of Allaah (Exalted be He). Which of the two is correct?

Answer: Asking anyone other than Allaah for help, to bring healing, to make it rain, to prolong one’s life, or similar requests that lie in the Power of Allaah Alone is a form of major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship that takes a Muslim out of Islam)… read more here.

Seeking help from the dead who were known to be pious

Question: A pious man died in India and was buried in a town called Aghmiz. Is it permissible to seek his aid? Does he truly help anyone who seeks his help and turns down no one?

Answer: The answer to this is the same as the fifth question, as seeking help from the dead is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Supplicating to and seeking the help of Al-Khadir

Question: Is Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) a guardian of rivers and deserts? And does he help anyone who loses his way if he calls on him?

Answer: The correct scholarly opinion is that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) had already died before the mission of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.

Can `Alee ibn Abee Taalib aid anyone after his death?

Question: Can `Alee, (may Allaah be pleased with him) aid anyone in times of distress?

Answer: `Alee, (may Allaah be pleased with him) was killed and was not even aware of his killer’s plot, nor was he able to protect himself from it… read more here.

Can the Awliyaa’ help whoever seeks their help concerning normal needs?

Question: Is it possible for a Walee (a pious person) to help someone who is very far from him? For example, if a person lives in India while the Waliy lives in Saudi Arabia, can the Waliy offer physical help to the Indian despite being in Saudi Arabia, while the other is in India?

Answer: Living people whether they are Awliyaa’ or not can help anyone who seeks their help concerning normal needs, such as providing money, interceding with someone in authority, saving someone from evil or any other need that is within the normal power of human beings… read more here.

Invoking and asking the prophets and the righteous people for protection and help

Question: There is a Muslim who claims to acknowledge the fundamentals of monotheism, but when he sees something falling and he does not want it to be broken or damaged, he seeks help saying, “O Messenger of Allaah” or “O Shaykh Ahmad Al-Teejaanee.” Are his words counted as Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or in worship)? Or speaking such words incurs no guilt and the person who says them will not be regarded as a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and his deeds will not turn fruitless because of saying them?Please provide your legal opinion in writing and furnish it with evidence from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him).

Answer: We should be fully aware that Allah (Exalted be He) Alone is the Guardian over everything, the All-Knower of everything. If a person wants to be safe when falling or fears that he or one of his relatives may be afflicted with a calamity, regardless of the conditions, he should resort to Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.

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.