Question: There is a severe attack against the Salafists (those following the way of the righteous predecessors); they are accused of denying and not loving Awliyaa’ (pious people). A piece of evidence their accusers cite to prove that seeking the help of Allaah through dead people is permissible is the Hadeeth about the blind man who invoked Allaah through the Prophet (Peace be upon him) after his death. I have been informed that this Hadeeth is Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish), a fact that confuses some people deeply. I hope you enlighten us on this important issue.
Answer: After studying the question, the Committee’s answer is as follows: The Hadeeth of the blind man’s story is narrated by Imaam Al-Tirmithee with his Sanad (chain of narrators) on the authority of `Uthmaan ibn Hunayf (may Allaah be pleased with him)… read more here.