'TO CALL TO THE AULIA
Some persons believe that it is Shirk (associating partners with
ALLAH) if you call to the Aulia Allah (Saints) for help, for example, " Ya Khwaja, Assist me"
or " "Ya Ghous, Assist me". The Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat believes that it is permissible to call to the
Aulia Allah for assistance or help as this is not associating partners with
Allah Taala. We believe that Allah Taala has given the Aulia Allah special
powers to assist the creation with His permission.
The following verse of the Holy Quran proves that one can also seek the
assistance of the Aulia Allah: "Your helpers are Almighty Allah and His Rasool (S.A.W.W)
and those Muslims who perform Salaah and give alms and make Ruku" (Part 6, Ruku
6) This verse refers to the Helpers as "those Muslims" who are in reality the "Auliya".
1. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) has stated, "There are certain of Allah's servants
that have been set aside to fulfill the necessities of the people. People will
call to them in their times of need. They are protected from the punishment of
Almighty Allah". (Jame Saghir)
This Hadith Shareef clearly proves that one may
call the Aulia Allah for assistance.
2. Hazrat Allama ibn Juzri states, "If one is ever in any need then He should
say, 'O servants of Allah, assist me! O servants of Allah, assist me! O servants
of Allah, assist me'." (Tibraani)
3. Hazrat Imam Naudi , the commentator of "Muslim Shareef", quotes an incident:
"One of my superiors narrated an incident to me, 'My mule ran away and I had
known the Ahadith and I immediately said, 'O servants of Allah, assist me!'
Almighty Allah immediately stopped the mule (from running away)'." (Kitaabul
4. Hazrat Shamsuddeen Muhammad Hanafi was performing ablution in his room. He
suddenly threw his wooden sandal into the air. It disappeared although there was
no way for it to exit through the room. He gave the other sandal to his disciple
and asked him to keep it until the first one returned. After some time a certain
person from Syria arrived with the sandal and some money as gifts and said, "May
Almighty Allah give you the thanks for this. The actual incident, which
occurred, was that once when a thief sat on my chest and was about to slaughter
me. In my heart I said, 'Ya Sayyidi Muhammadin Ya Hanafiyu.' Then suddenly, this
sandal came and fell on the chest of the thief with such force that he became
dazed and collapsed and Almighty Allah has saved me through your blessing."
5. Hazrat Allama Abdul Wahab Shuraani when explaining the status and
significance of Hazrat Moosa Abu Imran states: "When any of his Mureeds would
call to him from anywhere, he would answer them even if he is in a years
distance away or even more than that." (Tabqaatul Kubra)
6. When Hazrat Sayyidi Shamsudeen Hanafi was on his death-bed, he called his
Mureeds and said: "If anyone has any wish or need, he should come to my grave, I
will indeed help him in fulfilling it. Remember between you and me, there is
merely a handful of sand, and how can a mere handful of sand be a screen between
a Murshid and his Mureed. If the sand does become a screen, then the Murshid
cannot be a perfect Man (Insaan-e-Kaamil)."
7. Hazrat Sayyidi Mohammed Farghal states: "I am indeed amongst those Saints who
can assist you from the grave. If, therefore, you have any wish or need come to
my grave and facing me, mention your requirements. I will fulfill them."
8. It is recorded that while Hazrat Sayyidi Madeen Ahmed Ashmooni was
performing the Wudhu, he suddenly threw his sandal towards the eastern side of
the city. A year latera man arrived and described a strange incident. He said:
"My daughter was once walking in the jungle, when an evil man tried to entrap
her. She did not at the time remember the name of her father's Murshid, yet in
panic, she screamed, 'O Murshid of my father, save me!' Suddenly, a sandal
appeared from thin air and rendered the evil man unconscious." It is stated that
the sandal is still in the possession of the mentioned family.
9. Hazrat Imaam Arif Billah Sayyidi Abdul Wahab Sha'raani , in his book,
"Lawaaqi-ul-Anwaar Fi Tabqaatil Akhyaar", records a strange and miraculous
incident. It is recorded that a Mureed of Sayyidi Mohammed Khawri (radi Allahu
anhu) was once passing through the market, when the foot of the animal he was
riding slipped. In extreme panic he screamed, "Ya Sayyidi Muhammad, Ya Ghamri!"
Co-incidently, in that very market place, the captured ruler, ibn Omar Saeed,
was also passing through. He inquired from the Mureed as to who was Sayyidi
Mohammed. When he was told who he was, he asked permission to use the name of
the Murshid so that he could also be released. As soon as he had proclaimed the
name of the great Wali, the spiritual master appeared and driving away the
capturers, freed the ruler. The Shaikh then blessed the ruler, and thereafter
10. Among the excellences of Hazrat Sayyidi Moosa Abu Imraan , it is recorded
that whenever his Mureeds used to call to him, he immediately use to assist
them, even though the Mureed was as far away as a year's journey or even more. Before the passing away of Hazrat Moulana Rumi , he revealed to his Mureeds
a startling secret. He said: "Whatever conditions you may be in, remember me, so
that I can be your protector and helper, irrespective of what state I may be in.
In this world I have two types of relationships, one with my body and the other
with you, and when, with the Mercy of Allah I am freed from this contact with my
body and the world of loneliness is exposed to me, I will divert the attention
of my soul to you."
11. Hazrat Shah Wali'ullah , records a method for achieving and fulfilling one's
needs and wishes in his book, "Al intibah fi Salasil-e-Awliya". He states: "One
should first perform two Rakaats of Nafil Salaah. After completion he should
recite the following - 111 times Durood Shareef, 111 times Kalima Tamjeed and
111 times 'Shay an Lillah, Ya Shaikh Abdal Qaadir Jilaani'." From this book, it
has been proven that all the great Luminaries believed in the proclamation of
"Shay an Lillah" as being a valid and a great solution to many unsolved
12. Hazrat Ahmed Zarooq said: "I indeed bless my (Mureeds) with tranquillity
during times of difficulty and perplexity, when cruelty and evil oppresses them
and in times of misery and fear. Therefore (during these times) call to me 'Ya
Zarooq', I will immediately come to your assistance."
13. Allama Ziyadi, Allama Ajhoori, Allama Dawoodi and Allama Shaami (radi Allahu
anhum), have all prescribed a method for finding mislaid items. They state: "One
should climb on to a high spot and offer Faatiha for Hazrat Sayyidi Ahmed bin
Alwaan Yamaani (radi Allahu anhu). Thereafter invoking his name one should say,
'Ya Sayyidi Ahmed, Ya ibn Alwaan'."
From all of the above narrations one will see that to call upon the Auliya for
assistance is permissible even if they are thousands of miles away. With the
permission of ALLAH Taala they certainly assist those who are in need.