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Is it very ideal in Islam to make dua'a in pious people grave or to seek intercession of dua'a from pious person to Allah?

asked 203 Abdulgafar's gravatar image

praying to the occupant of the grave. This is major shirk which puts a person beyond the pale of Islam, because prayer is an act of worship, and it is not permissible to do any act of worship to anyone other than Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Worship Allaah and join none with Him (in worship)”

[al-Nisa’ 4:36]

“Verily, Allaah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He wills, sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allaah, has indeed strayed far away”

[al-Nisa’ 4:116]

Sheikh Salih Al Munajjid.


answered 40117 UmarAbdullah's gravatar image

No. That would be considered shirk (the worst sin).

answered 5936 iLove01's gravatar image

Salaam. Bismillah AlRahman AlRaheem. Please dear brother/sister, we must be careful when we say something is shirk or haram. What is shirk is said by Allah in the Qur'an, and so is what is haraam and halal. We have the right to ask for others in this life, and Our beloved Rasool Allah can ask for our behalf when we stand forth on the day of Judgement, but ultimately Allah is Wakil. There is nothing wrong with asking for ones duaas on our behalf.

(Mar 24 at 17:03) Student922 Student922's gravatar image

I am most careful when I make comments. We are not allowed to ask for help from the dead. That is shirk. And Allah سبحانه و تعالى Himself said to ask only from Him in the Qur'an many times. The Prophet's intercession in the afterlife is a different issue. Asking someone to pray for you is a different issue. But going to a grave and asking the dead to help/for intercession is not right. And calling on any other than Allah سبحانه و تعالى (whether that is Christians calling on Jesus, or how Shias call on their Imams) is forbidden.

(Mar 24 at 20:14) iLove01 iLove01's gravatar image

Salaam. Bismillah AlRahman AlRaheem, There is no difference on asking the dead for their duas or the living. Perhaps some of the pious dead see and hear more then the blind living.

Shia Sunni Sufi there are no divisions please do not divide. However, it is those that divide themselves as Sufi who ask their Awliya, and Guides for duas, not "Imam" (chiefs).

Those who divide themselves into Shia ask the Ahlul Bayt (RasoolAllahs family and Sahabah) for their duas, and those who divide themselves into Sunni ask their Imams (chiefs) friends and families for their duas.


(Mar 24 at 20:31) Student922 Student922's gravatar image

It is best for us to put our complete Trust in Allah AlWakil and what Allah knows is best for us will be.

But there is no harm on asking someone else to ask Allah for your guidance and forgiveness on our behalf.

(Mar 24 at 20:32) Student922 Student922's gravatar image

Salaam. Bismillah AlRahman AlRaheem, It is not ideal but it is nowhere forbidden. Do we not ask others to make dua on our behalf? Do we not make dua on others behalf? Maybe the ones whom we ask for their dua are closer to Allah Al Wudood then we are, and perhaps their duas (intercession) will be accepted.

Our beloved Rasool Allah can intercede for us on judgment day, but as for anyone else I have not heard of. In the present life, to ask for a dua on ones behalf for ones internal self and soul (forgiveness, guidance) but not for the external material world such as money, is not considered bidah. It is an intercession in every sense of the word.

If Allah Al Wudood allows us to ask for others forgiveness through dua and salaat, then we can not consider this bidah as we will all have committed it. Perhaps Allah will accept the pious deceased duas more then our own, but we must be careful not to make this a habit, or to turn the grave into a shrine. It is better to be safe then sorry. Allah knows best and inshaAllah those who Love Al Rahman AlRaheem more then ourselves and are closer to AlWudood, can ask for our forgiveness and guidance and it will be accepted, ameen.

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edited Mar 24 at 22:53
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