Bismillahir Rehmanir Raheem
Assalat-O-Wassalam-O-Alaika YARASOOL ALLAH
We are living in a world of uncertainty and misconceptions. Man is beginning to question the very roots of his
beliefs for Allah Almighty and the Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim, to create doubt in the minds of the simple and un suspecting Muslims.
Here is proof from QUR'AN, Ahadith-e-Nabawi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam), Sayings of Sahab-e-Kiram and from the
writings of great and authentic scholars of Islam which show beyond a shadow of a doubt that Can we ask for help other then ALLAH?
The distinguished Prophets and illustrious Awliya enjoy a very special proximity with ALLAH and are therefore,
Divinely blessed to assist fellow creation. This assistance can be of a spiritual or physical nature and can be
rendered while they are alive and even after their death. These Elite Servants of ALLAH offer their help only by the Command of Almighty ALLAH. They do not do anything without the Consent of their Sublime Lord and are always obedient to Him.
The Gracious ALLAH always Showers His Choicest Blessings on His special servants. He addresses them as "His
Friends" and no one can imagine or understand this Divinely blessed relation between them. ALLAH States in a
اوليائي تحت قبائي لا يعرفهم غيري
"My Awliya are hidden in My Divine Garb and no one knows them besides Me."
There are numerous Ayahs of the Holy Quran and other Ahadith that speaks about the excellence and powers of
the Ambiya and the Awliya. They are Divinely appointed representatives and commissioned by ALLAH to perform
special duties in His Kingdom. Since they are the distributors of the Bounties of ALLAH, therefore to seek help from them is actually and in reality seeking the Help of ALLAH. This is so because they are not the enemies of ALLAH but the Friends of ALLAH.
Unfortunately, the Wahabies and Deobandies ignorantly oppose this help as Shirk and regard it as an erroneous
belief. This problem did not exist in the long past and peaceful history of Islam. Ibne Abdul Wahab of Najd
introduced it a few hundred years ago. It was then imported to the Indo/Pak sub-continent and propagated by the Deobandi/Tableeghi cult. This caused a great deal of confusion in the Ummah and also divided the Muslim
community. The Wahabi/Deobandi scholars have written extensively and vehemently condemned the seeking of
help from anyone other than ALLAH as Shirk. They claim with baseless proof that such help seeking is Shirk. To this day, many Muslims are still confused on this subject and some have adopted this Wahabi/Deobandi belief in sheer ignorance.
The reality of assistance is that ALLAH must be regarded as the All- Powerful, the Sovereign, the Absolute, the
Non-dependent and Infinite Affluent. He has the Power to independently do as He pleases. It is the belief of every Muslim that to attribute these unique qualities to anyone other than ALLAH is Shirk. Surely, no Muslim will attribute this to anyone, other than ALLAH. In fact, he regards certain creations as a medium or Waseela to achieve blessings and fulfillment of desires. This is certainly correct and in order. ALLAH Himself Orders in the Holy Quran:
وابتغوا إليه الوسيلة * "Seek the Waseela towards ALLAH." (Al-Maidah:35)
By this we understand that إياك نستعين does not reject the seeking of assistance from other than ALLAH. Similarly, in the reality of existence, it is only ALLAH Who exists without assistance and birth. Then how can it be Shirk if we believe in our existence by His Divine Grace? حقائق الأشياء ثابتةThe reality of things is established.
This is a basic and fundamental article of faith in Islam. Likewise, is the state of the reality of knowledge. Only
ALLAH Possesses Absolute and Personal Knowledge and none of His creation possesses the same. All of creation
seek from Him and are dependent on ALLAH to inspire them with knowledge. So, if we call a knowledgeable person an Aalim or seek knowledge from an Aalim, is it Shirk? This is not so unless both ALLAH and an Aalim be regarded as the same in status. ALLAH Himself Addresses His servants in the Holy Quran as Aleem and Ulama. Almighty ALLAH refers to Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Peace Be Upon Him) in this Ayah:
يعلمهم الكتاب و الحكمة * "The Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) teaches them the Kitaab and wisdom". (Al-Imran:164)
The same is the situation of seeking assistance (استعانت) because the intention is to use a beloved of ALLAH as a Waseela to beg for His Mercy and Bounties. There is no prohibition in this act because only the creation can be a Waseela and not ALLAH. A Waseela is used to reach someone higher. Who is higher than Allah, that his Waseela is to be used? Who is above Him to fulfill desires and ambitions? ALLAH is pure from being used as a Waseela because nothing is higher than He is. Therefore, it is stated in the Hadith Shareef that a Bedouin came before the Holy Prophet(Peace Be Upon Him) and said;
"Ya Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him)! We make you a Shafee (intercessor) in the Court of ALLAH and present ALLAH to you as a Shafee (intercessor)". The Beloved Prophet(Peace Be Upon Him) was very displeased with this and repeated سبحان الله سبحان الله for a long time and replied:
ويحك! انه لايستفشع بالله على أحد شأن الله اعظم من ذالك *رواه ابوداؤد عن جبير بن مطعم رضى الله عنه
"O fool! You do not present ALLAH to anyone as an intercessor. The Integrity of ALLAH is way superior to this".
A Muslim seeks that assistance from the Ambiya and Awliya that if the same is sought from ALLAH it will earn the
displeasure of ALLAH and His Rasool(Peace Be Upon Him). It is an insult to the Divine Integrity of ALLAH to seek this form of assistance. The truth is that if anyone has faith and Imaan in such forms of assistance from ALLAH (to regard ALLAH as a Shafee), he will become a Kaafir. What can be said about the stupidity and ignorance of the idiots who have no respect for Allah, no fear of Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) and no regard for Imaan? They ignorantly include this assistance with إياك نستعين. They include this with that which is impossible for ALLAH and make it exclusive to Him.
One idiot said:
Woh Kya hay jo nahi Milta Khuda Se
Jisay tum Maangtay ho Aulia Say
What is that you cannot get from ALLAH that you ask from Awliya?
We reply to this:
Tawassul Ker nahi saktay Khuda Se
Isay Hum Maangtay Hain Aulia Se
One cannot use the Tawassul (intercession) of ALLAH and that is what we seek from the Awliya.
We present the Tawassul of Awliya in the Divine Court of ALLAH for our needs so that it may not be rejected. In
the Holy Quran, ALLAH answers this idiotic question and rejection as follows:
و لو انهم إذ ظلموا أنفسهم جاءوك فاستغفروا الله واستغفر لهم الرسول لوجدوا الله توابا الرحيما
"And when they impose on their lives (sin), they must come to your (the Nabi's) presence, then seek repentance from ALLAH and the Rasool(Peace Be Upon Him) also asks for their forgiveness. Then, they will indeed find ALLAH Most Forgiving and Compassionate." (An-Nisa:61)
Can ALLAH Himself not forgive? Why then does ALLAH say, "O Prophet(Peace Be Upon Him)! They must come to
your presence and you seek forgiveness for them from ALLAH. Then only will they achieve the gift of forgiveness
from ALLAH." This is actually our motive but these people do not have the mentality to understand. For ALLAH'S
Sake, have justice! Does the Ayah إياك نستعين refer to seeking absolute assistance from ALLAH only, and is seeking assistance only from only Prophets and Awliya regarded as Shirk? Are the Prophets and Awliya only not Allah U? So according to the Wahabies, besides the Prophets and the Awliya, the rest of the creation are Allah U, or the is the Ayah as it takes the name of these two groups that it is Shirk to seek any aid from them and permissible (to seek assistance) from the rest?
It is not so! If seeking assistance is limited absolutely only to ALLAH and forbidden from His creation, then whatever form of aid is sort from anyone other than ALLAH will always be Shirk. Whether it be from human beings or animals, dead or alive, person or attribute, action or condition, they are all other than ALLAH. Now, what is your answer to the Ayah-e-Kareema where Almighty ALLAH States:
واستعينوا بالصبر و الصلوة * "Seek help from Sabr (patience) and Salaah".
Is Sabr (regarded as) ALLAH that you are ordered to seek assistance from it or is Salaah (regarded as) ALLAH that we are ordered to seek aid from it?
ALLAH States in another Ayah:
و تعاونوا على البرّ و التقوى * "Assist one another in good deeds and piety". (Al-Maidah:2)
Excuse me sir! If it is absolutely impossible to receive any help from other than Allah, then what is the meaning of this Command of Allah? If it is possible to get assistance from them, then why does the stomach pain?
There are countless Ahadith that clearly command the seeking of assistance from things other than ALLAH. I will list a few here:
* Assist the evening Ibadah with the Morning Prayer,
* Seek assistance from the late night prayer (Tahajjud),
* Seek assistance from recording knowledge. (Notations),
* Seek assistance from the food of Sehri,
* Seek assistance from the mid-day siesta (Qaylola),
* Seek assistance from charity (Sadqa),
* Assist yourself by not providing clothing to your women so that they are without them. (Fitna),
* Assist yourself by not begging. (Self-sufficiency)
Are all these things the "Lord" of the Wahabies, that it is commanded to seek assistance from them? If you cannot remember these Ahadith, then listen to them from me.
البخارى و النسائى عن ابوهريرة رضى الله تعالى عنه عن النبي صلى الله تعالى عليه
و سلّم استعينوا بالغداوة والروحة و شيئ من الدلجة *
Sayyiduna Abu-Hurayra(Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates from Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) "Seek Assistance from the morning,
evening and close to the morning (Tahajjud) prayers".
(Bukhari and Nisaa'ee)
Hadith no. 2 and 3
الترمدى عن ابوهريره و عن ابن عبّاس رضى الله تعالى عنهم عن النبى صلى الله
تعالى عليه و سلّم استعن بيمينك على حفظك *
Sayyiduna Ibne Abbas(Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates from Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) "Assist your memory by making notations". (Tirmidi)
Hadith no. 4
ابن ماجه والحاكم والطبرانى في الكبير والبيهقى في شعب الايمان عن ابن عبّاس رضى الله تعالى عنه عن النبى صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلّم استعينوا الطعام السحر على صيام النهار و بالقيلولة على قيام الليل *
Ibne Maaja(Radi ALLAH Anho), Haakim(Radi ALLAH Anho) and Tabraani(Radi ALLAH Anho) state in Al-Kabeer and Bayhaqi(Radi ALLAH Anho) states in Shou'bul-Imaan, that Sayyiduna Ibne Abbaas(Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates from Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him), "Seek assistance from Sehri for the days fast and from siesta for the nights Ibadah". (Ibne-Maaja)
Hadith no. 5
الديلمى في مسند الفردوس عن عبد الله ابن عمررضى الله تعالى عنهما عن النبي صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلّم استعينوا على الرزق بالصدقة *
Imam Daylami(Radi ALLAH Anho) in Musnadul-Firdous directly narrates from Sayyiduna Abdullah ibne Omar(Radi ALLAH Anho) who reports from Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) that, "Assist your Rizq by giving charity". (Daylami)
Hadith no. 6
ابن عدى في الكامل عن انس ابن مالك رضى الله تعالى عنه عن النبي صلى الله تعالى
عليه وسلّم استعينوا على النساء بالعرى فانّ إحداهن إذا كثرت ثيابها و أحسنت زينتها أعجبها الخروج *
Imam Ibne-Adi(Radi ALLAH Anho) records in Al-Kaamil that Sayyiduna Anas ibne Maalik(Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates from Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) "Assist yourself by not giving your women excessive clothing when she sits at home. If women get many clothes then she would like to dress up and leave her home to display her garb".
Hadith no. 7, 8, 9 and 10
الطبرانى في الكبير والعقيلى وابن عدى و أبو نعيم في الحلية والبيهقى في الشعب الإيمان عن معاذ ابن جبل و الخطيب عن ابن عبّاس و الخلعى في فوائده عن أمير المؤمنين علىن المرتضى و الخرائطى في اعتلال القلوب عن أمير المؤمنين عمر الفاروق رضى الله تعالى عنهم عن النبي صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلّم استعينوا على إنجاح الحوائج بالكتمان *
Tabraani(Radi ALLAH Anho) in Al-Kabeer, Aqeeli(Radi ALLAH Anho), Ibne-Adi(Radi ALLAH Anho) and Abu-Na'eem(Radi ALLAH Anho) in Hilya, Imam Bayhaqi(Radi ALLAH Anho) in Shou'bul-Imaan narrates from Sayyiduna Mu'aaz ibne Jabal(Radi ALLAH Anho). Khateeb(Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates from Ibne Abbaas(Radi ALLAH Anho) and Khal'ee(Radi ALLAH Anho) in his Fawaa'id narrates from Ameeril Moh'mineen Sayyiduna Ali Al-Murtudah(Radi ALLAH Anho). Khara'itee(Radi ALLAH Anho) in Ah'tadaalul-Quloob directly narrates from Ameeril Moh'mineen Sayyiduna Omar Al-Farooq(Radi ALLAH Anho) the Beloved Nabi(Peace Be Upon Him) said, "Success of intentions are in keeping them a secret. So assist yourself from not exposing those secrets".
These 10 Ahadith refer to seeking help from actions (أفعال). Now, I will quote 20 Ahadith relating to seeking help from persons so that the total will be 30 Ahadith.
Hadith no. 11
Imam Ahmad(Radi ALLAH Anho), Imam Abu-Da'ood(Radi ALLAH Anho) and Imam Ibne Maaja(Radi ALLAH Anho) with a Sanad-e-Sahih narrates from Ummul-Moh'mineen Sayyidah Ayesha Siddiqah رضى الله تعالى عنها that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) said:
أنا لا نستعين بمشرك *
We do not seek any help from the Mushrik.
If Isti'aanat (seeking help) was also forbidden from a Muslim, then why does the Hadith specify the Mushrik? Sayyiduna Omar Al-Farooq(Radi ALLAH Anho) had a Christian slave Watheeq, who was very trustworthy regarding worldly matters. Ameeril-Moh'mineen(Radi ALLAH Anho) once said to him:
اسلم استعن بك على أمانة المسلمين *
Become a Muslim so that I may seek your assistance with the Amana (entrusted monies) of the Muslim. He refused and Sayyiduna Omar(Radi ALLAH Anho) said, "We will not seek any help from a Kaafir".
Hadith no. 12
Imam Bukhari(Radi ALLAH Anho) in Taaree'kh narrates from Sayyiduna Habeeb bin Yasaaf(Radi ALLAH Anho) that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) said:
أنا لا نستعين بالمشركين على المشركين * ورواه الأمام احمد أيضا
We do not seek assistance from the Mushrik in matters regarding the Mushrik.
Hadith no. 13
It is recorded in Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim and Sunan-e-Nisaa'ee that a few Arab tribes came for some assistance from the Prophet of Allah(Peace Be Upon Him), who assisted them.
عن انس رضى الله تعالى عنه انّ النبي صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلّم اتاه رعل و ذكوان و عصية و بنو لحيان فزعموا انهم قد اسلموا واستمدوه على قومهم فامدّهم النبي صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلّم * الحديث
Sayyiduna Anas(Radi ALLAH Anho) narrates from Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) that the clans of Ri'al, Zakwaan, Asiyyah and Banu Lahyaan came to him. They professed of their Islam and sought assistance for their families from the Prophet of Allah(Peace Be Upon Him), and he assisted them.
Hadith no. 14
Sahih Muslim, Abu-Da'ood, Ibne Maaja and Tabraani in Muh'jam-e-Kabeer narrate from Sayyiduna Rabee'ah bin Kaab Aslami(Radi ALLAH Anho) that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) once said to him (Kaab Aslami): "Ask what you desire and I will give it to you". I said, "I ask of you that I be in your company in Jannah". The Beloved Nabi(Peace Be Upon Him) replied, "Is there anything else you desire?" I said, "That is all I desire". Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) said, "Assist me by making excessive Sojood".
قال كنت أبيت مع رسول الله صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلّم فأتيته بوضوئه و حاجته ،
فقال لي سل و لفظ الطبراني فقال يوما يا ربيعه! سلني فاعطيك ، رجعنا الى لفظ مسلم ، قال فقلت ، اسئالك مرافقتك في الجنة ، قال أوغير ذاك؟ قلت هو ذالك قال فاعنّي على نفسك بكثرت السجود *
Sayyiduna Rabee'ah(Radi ALLAH Anho) says that "I always spent the nights with the Prophet of Allah(Peace Be Upon Him). One night, I presented water to him for Istinja and Wudu. He(Peace Be Upon Him) said to me, 'Ask!' and the words of Tabraani are, 'O Rabee'ah! Ask me what you desire and I will grant you'. We revert back to the words of Sahih Muslim, 'Then I (Rabee'ah) asked, 'I seek your company in Jannah'. The Prophet of Allah(Peace Be Upon Him) asked, 'Is there any other request?' I replied, 'That is all I desire' The Beloved(Peace Be Upon Him) then replied, 'Then you assist me by making excessive Sojood'".
Alhamdulillah! Every word of this Sahih Hadith Shareef refutes the false Wahabi belief. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) said اعنّى, "assist me" and this is called Isti'aanat.
Another important fact is that the Beloved Prophet of Allah(Peace Be Upon Him) said سل "ask what you desire". This command has no restrictions or limitations. It is a general option to ask for anything. It is explicitly clear from this Sahih Hadith that Almighty ALLAH has blessed Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) with the authority to grant the desire of this world and the Akhirah.
Hadith nos. 15 to 28
In these following 14 Ahadith, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah(Peace Be Upon Him) states:
اطلبوا الخير عند حسان الوجوه *
Seek virtues from those with a beautiful face.
و في لفظ اطلبوا الخير والحوائج من حسان الوجوه *
Ask for virtues and desires from those with a beautiful face.
و في لفظ اطلبوا الحاجات عند حسان الوجوه *
Ask the handsome ones for your desires.
وفي لفظ اذا ابتغيتم المعروف فاطلبوه عند حسان الوجوه *
When you require virtue, request it from the handsome face.
و في لفظ اذا طلبتم الحاجات فاطلبوها عند حسان الوجوه *
When you look for desires look for them by the handsome faces.
وفي لفظ بزيادة فان قضى حاجتك قضاها بوجه طلق وان ردّك ردّك بوجه طلق *
That, a handsome person will smilingly fulfill or reject your desires.
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The Permissibility of Seeking Help from the Pious
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