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.

Is it permissible to name someone Al-`Alee (The Most High)?

Question 15: I am submitting my inquiry to your Eminence, to inform you that I have torn my identity card which includes my full name that includes one of Allah’s Names which is “Al-`Alyy” (The Most High) written in this form: `Alee Sa`d Hasan Al-`Alee Al-Zahraanee. And since Highness is only due to Allaah (Exalted be He), this name is troubling me. Therefore, would you please advise me in this regard, so that my heart can rest in peace? May Allaah reward you the best of everything on behalf of all Muslims!

Answer: If the reality is as you have mentioned, there is no blame on you, for this name is your grandfather’s not yours, and because this name is meant for `Alee’s family not for Allaah’s Name “Al-`Alyy”… read more here.