I question I came across and the answer
Your Question: …..if some one is making a dua, can they ask allah tallah to help them for the sake of prophet mohammad (sa)or for the sake of any other pious person
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 110:
110 Say: “Call upon Allah or call upon ‘The Rahman’ (The Most Gracious): by whatever Name ye call upon Him (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.
Beloved Brother in Islam, it is absolutely fine, permissible, acceptable and encouraged to implore and beseech Allah Subhanah through His Noble Names and Attributes when supplicating to Him; but it is absolutely and categorically forbidden and impermissible in Islam to use a creation of Allah as an intermediary when supplicating the Lord Most Gracious, or beseech the Lord Most Gracious to give them something for the ‘sake’ of anyone in creation…. even if that creation happens to be a Prophet, or an Angel, or a Saint, etc.!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186:
And if My servants ask you, O Prophet, concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls on Me. So let them respond to My call and believe in Me. (Convey this to them), perhaps they may be guided aright!
Our Lord is indeed the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, and He indeed hears and responds to those who call upon Him in humility and in hope. The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself called upon His Lord directly and without any intermediary and encouraged the believers to do the same. Never ever did he encourage or endorse supplicating Allah Subhanah through an intermediary! In fact, asking or supplicating Allah Subhanah through or for the ‘sake’ of a deceased or absent intermediary is regarded as a form of ‘shirk’ and ‘disbelief’ in Islam.
Instead of adding ‘weight’ to one’s supplication by using the name of a deceased or absent pious slave or a creation of Allah, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers that if indeed they wished to add ‘weight’ to their supplications to their Lord Most Gracious, they should in absolute humility, and fear, and in hope, indicate some amongst their good deeds which they have done purely for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah; for it is one’s own belief and one’s own deeds which indeed add ‘weight’ to one’s supplications in the Presence of the Lord Most Merciful.
This hadith also adds to the information
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.671 Narrated by Ibn Umar
Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “Once three persons (from the previous nations) were traveling, and suddenly it started raining and they took shelter in a cave. The entrance of the cave got closed while they were inside. They said to each other, ‘O you! Nothing can save you except the truth, so each of you should ask Allah’s help by referring to such a deed as he thinks he did sincerely (i.e. just for gaining Allah’s pleasure).’ So one of them said, ‘O Allah! You know that I had a laborer who worked for me for one Faraq (i.e. three Sas) of rice, but he departed, leaving it (i.e. his wages). I sowed that Faraq of rice and with its yield I bought cows (for him). Later on when he came to me asking for his wages, I said (to him), ‘Go to those cows and drive them away.’ He said to me, ‘But you have to pay me only a Faraq of rice,’ I said to him, ‘Go to those cows and take them, for they are the product of that Faraq (of rice).’ So he drove them. O Allah! If you consider that I did that for fear of You, then please remove the rock.’ The rock shifted a bit from the mouth of the cave.
The second one said, ‘O Allah, You know that I had old parents whom I used to provide with the milk of my sheep every night. One night I was delayed and when I came, they had slept, while my wife and children were crying with hunger. I used not to let them (i.e. my family) drink unless my parents had drunk first. So I disliked to wake them up and also disliked that they should sleep without drinking it, I kept on waiting (for them to wake) till it dawned. O Allah! If You consider that I did that for fear of you, then please remove the rock.’ So the rock shifted and they could see the sky through it.
The (third) one said, ‘O Allah! You know that I had a cousin (i.e. my paternal uncle’s daughter) who was most beloved to me and I sought to seduce her, but she refused, unless I paid her one-hundred Dinars (i.e. gold pieces). So I collected the amount and brought it to her, and she allowed me to sleep with her. But when I sat between her legs, she said, ‘Be afraid of Allah, and do not deflower me but legally. ‘I got up and left the hundred Dinars (for her). O Allah! If You consider that I did that for fear of you then please remove the rock. So Allah saved them and they came out (of the cave).”
The best way to supplicate
Allah’s Messenger (saws) guided the believers on how to best supplicate their Lord Most Merciful:
Call upon the Lord Most Merciful through His Noble Attributes and Praise Him.In absolute humility, fear and hope declare one’s own servitude and utter helplessness in the Presence of their Majestic Lord.If one wishes, one may, in humility and in fear, indicate one’s own good deeds one may have done for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah Alone.Then, beseech the Lord Most Gracious for whatever one wishes.And then in conclusion to the supplication, recite the ‘durood’ or salutation to the Noble Prophet and his family.
Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet (saws), said, “If any servant of Allah afflicted with distress or grief makes this supplication, his supplication will be accepted: ‘O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of your maidservant. My forehead is in Your hand. Your command conceming me prevails, and Your decision concerning me is just. I call upon You by every one of the beautiful names by which You have described Yourself, or which You have revealed in Your book, or have taught anyone of Your creatures, or which You have chosen to keep in the knowledge of the unseen with You, to make the Qur’an the delight of my heart, the light of my breast, and remover of my griefs, sorrows, and afflictions’.” A supplication in these words will be answered. Allah will remove one’s affliction and replace it with joy and happiness.
Salman reported that the Prophet (saws), said, “Your Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted One, is Modest and Generous, and He loathes to turn away His servant empty-handed when he raises his hands to Him in supplication.”
Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban.
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