Hiring someone to recite the Qur’aan dedicating its reward to a dead person

Question 2: I heard some students of religious knowledge in the Makkan Haram (The sacred Mosque in Makkah) saying that it is not permissible to hire someone to teach the Qur’an for the soul of a dead person. This practice is common in my country and in other countries. I hope Your Eminence will issue us a Fatwaa based on religious evidence in this regard. Also what should we do if the person wrote in his will that a Qur’an reciter should be hired to teach the Qur’aan on his behalf?

Answer: Hiring a person to recite the Qur’an for the deceased in order to carry out his will is a Bid’ah (innovation in religion), so executing it is not permissible according to the statement of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Seeking help from someone who is not Present

Question 7: What is the ruling on seeking help from the dead, such as saying, “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so-and-so!”, or seeking help from the living who are absent and do not hear the one calling for their help?

Answer: Firstif one calls upon a dead person for help saying: “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so-and-so!”, they must be advised and warned that this is Haram (prohibited); it is even an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A person who insists on doing… read more here.

Saying the Phrase, “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so and so!” or Assist me!

Question 6: What is the ruling on seeking help from the dead, such as saying, “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so-and-so!”, or seeking help from the living who are absent and do not hear the one calling for their help?

Answer: First, if one calls upon a dead person for help saying: “Madad (Give me help and strength), O so-and-so!”, they must be advised and warned that this is Haram (prohibited); it is even an act of Shirk (associating others with Allah in His… read more here.