Can you just tell me why do the Shia Muslims say: “Ya Ali madad”? Is this not shirk (polytheism)? You are seeking help from “Hazrat Ali Karam Allah Wajuh” (Nauzobillah) instead of from Allah, the Most Merciful and the Most Graceful.

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Saying “Ya Ali Madad” is seeking the Waseela of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) to get your wish from Allah (s.w.t.).Those who misunderstand it think wrongly. Seeking help from human beings is not shirk. Don’t you read in the Holy Qur’an how Prophet Sulaiman (Solomon) (a.s.) sought help of others to bring the throne of Bilqis? All other prophets sought help from people but never believed or claimed them to be God or His partners. We seek help from doctors when we need them and indeed nobody can say that it is shirk. What if we seek help from the best of the servants of Allah (s.w.t.) and seek their Waseela and intervention to pray for us to Allah (s.w.t.)? In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (s.w.t.) has ordered us to seek help from patience (sabr) and prayers (salat) (The Holy Qur’an, 2:45 and 2:153). Obviously, ‘sabr’ and ‘salat’ are not ‘Allah’, but still we must seek help from them. Saying “Ya Ali Madad” is therefore, absolutely in accordance with the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Ahadees. Sayyed Mohammed Musawi



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