This was not from the practice of the salafs

Requesting a living person to supplicate to Allaah on your behalf

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله) mentions in his explanation to the book ‘Kashf ash-Shubuhaat’ that although going to a person whose righteousness is known to you, and asking  him to make du’aa for you, is permissible, but it is befitting that you should not make a habit of requesting the righteous person to make du’aa (supplication) for you whenever you see him.

Making a habit of this was not from the practice of the salafs (رضي الله عنهم), and in addition, this action also contains a degree of reliance upon other people’s supplication.

For it is known that if a person supplicates to his Lord (Allaah عز وجل) himself, it is better for him because he is performing an act of worship and thereby drawing close to Allaah (عز وجل); Du’aa is from the acts of worship as was said by Allaah, the Exalted: {Call upon Me; I will respond to you} [Qur’an, Surah Ghaafir (40), aayah 60].

So, when a person makes du’aa to his Lord by himself, he obtains the reward of performing an act of worship, then he also comes to rely on Allaah (عز وجل) for obtaining benefit and repelling harm.

This is in contrast to the situation when the person requests someone else to supplicate to Allaah for him, for indeed the person comes to rely upon this other person. It may be that the person’s attachment to the other person is greater than his attachment to Allaah (عز وجل); and this is a dangerous matter.

Shaykh al-Islam (رحمه الله) said: “If a person asks someone that he prays for him, thus intending by that to benefit others by praying for him, he will be rewarded for this and possibly gain the [reward] brought with the hadeeth {If a man prays for good for his brother, the angel who is appointed says: Ameen, and you will have something similar.}” [Narrated by Muslim, 2732]

[Source: Sharh Kashf ash-Shubuhat by Shaykh al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah), pages 98-99]

Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله) also mentioned:

“Asking a person to make du’aa’ for you who you think will have his du’aa’s answered, either because of his righteousness or because he is going to a place where one hopes his du’aa’s will be answered, such as travelling or going for Hajj or ‘Umrah, etc., is OK in principle.

But if there is the fear that something that is not right may result from it, such as the person who makes the request relying on the person whom he has asked, or always relying on other people with regard to matters in which he should call on his Lord, or there is the fear that the person of whom the request is made may become arrogant and think that he has reached such a level that people ask him to make du’aa’ for them, then this is sufficient reason not to do this, because in this case it leads to something that is not right.

If it does not lead to something that is not right, then in principle it is permissible, but still we say that it should not be done, because it was not the custom of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) to ask one another to make du’aa’ for one another.

The hadeeth in which the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said to ‘Umar, “Do not forget us in your du’aa’, O my brother” (reported by Abu Dawood, no. 1498, and al-Tirmidhi, no. 3557) is a weak hadeeth and there is no proof that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said this.

With regard to the fact that the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) asked the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) to make du’aa’ for them, it is well-known that no one else can reach the level of the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam), so when ‘Ukaashah ibn Muhsan asked him to pray that he would be one of those who would enter Paradise without being called to account or being punished, he said, “You will be one of them” (reported by al-Bukhaari, no. 6541; Muslim, no. 216, 218, 220), and when another man came and asked the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) to ask Allaah to send them rain, he did so (reported by al-Bukhaari, no. 1013; Muslim, 897).

With regard to the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) advising his companions to ask Uways al-Qurani to make du’aa’ for them, this undoubtedly applied only in his case, and it is known that Uways was not on the same level as Abu Bakr or ‘Umar or ‘Uthmaan or ‘Ali, or other Sahaabah.

The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) did not tell anyone among his Sahaabah to ask anyone to make du’aa’ for them.

To sum up, we can say: there is no sin in asking someone to make du’aa’ for you that you hope will have his du’aa’ answered, on the condition that this does not involve anything that is wrong, but it is better and more appropriate not to do this.

[Source: Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 11/59]

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