Answered by Sh. Muhammad al-Hasan Walid al-Didō al-Shanqītī | Translated by Suhaib Webb
What is the ruling on seeking divine aid from other than Allah, even if it were a Prophet? (peace be upon them)
Allah says in the Qur’an, “That is Allah, your Lord; to Him belongs sovereignty. And those whom you invoke other than Him do not possess [as much as] the membrane of a date seed. If you invoke them, they do not hear your supplication; and if they heard, they would not respond to you. And on the Day of Resurrection they will deny your association. And none can inform you like [One] Acquainted [with all matters].” (35: 13-14)
It is inconceivable that one could possess more knowledge than Allah, and inform you of something contrary to the definitive ruling above which covers every possibility.1 Al-Istighātha means to seek aid; and it would never be complete or acceptable save with Allah, the Most High. For He is al-Mughīth, the provider of aid exclusively, and anyone other than Him has no power over himself or others to bring benefit, prevent harm, cause death, bring life or to resurrect.
Allah says, “Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued.” (Qur’an, 22:73)
- For one to seek help from other than Him. Meaning no possibility was left open for one to entertain such an idea. ↩