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.

Was al-Khadir a prophet or a righteous man?

Question 242:  Was Al-Khadir a prophet or a righteous man?

Answer: The correct opinion is that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) is a prophet. This is based on his story with Moosaa (peace be upon him) narrated in Soorah Al-Kahf (The Cave). Allaah (Exalted be He) states that Al-Khadir scuttled the boat owned by poor fishermen, killed an apparently innocent boy, and built a wall for two orphan boys in a village whose people refused to feed them. After much criticism on the part of Moosaa, Al-Khadir explained the reasons for what he had done. The story ended with Al-Khadir’s declaration that all he had done was revealed to him by Allaah, as Allaah (Exalted be He) informs in the Qur’aan: And I did them not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of those (things) over which you could not hold more here.

Is Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) still alive?

Question 241: Is al-Khadir (peace be upon him) still alive as is claimed?

Answer: The most authentic of the two opinions of scholars is that of the Jumhoor (dominant majority of scholars) who said that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) has died. This is based on the general rule in the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): And We granted not to any human being immortality before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم.) It was reported that Ibn `Umar said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed one of the `Ishaa’ (Night) prayers in his last days and after finishing it with Tasleem, he stood up and said: Do you realize (the importance of) this night? Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight would be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night. Ibn `Umar said: People did not understand these words of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) which had been uttered pertaining to one hundred years. Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) in fact meant (by these words) that on that day none from amongst those who had been living upon the earth (from amongst his Companions) would survive (after one hundred years) and that would be the end of that generation. This Hadeeth was reported by Muslim. This is the dominant basis in Allaah’s laws for mankind. Therefore, we have to stick to this basis as long as there is no evidence that proves that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) is exempted from that more here.