Ya Ali Madad
One of my friend ask me to ask this question to you brothers:
You know most of the time when Muslims are in trouble or they want to do a
difficult chore they say "Ya Ali Mudad". What is the reason or any religious
thing that we don't know. Can you explain in detail any reason about this.
This is a very important question again dealt with in the recently published
translation of the Contemporary Fatwas of Ayatullah Seestani (May Allah
Protect him and Preserve him).
The propriety of saying "Ya Ali Madad" depends entirely upon the intention
of the person who says it.
If the help of Hadhrat Ali (A.S.) or any of the other ma'sumeen is sought as
an intercessor and a 'waseelah' envisaged by the Holy Qur'an in Ayah 35 of
Suratul Maidah then not only there can be no objection but it would be the
right and proper thing to do.
But if help is sought in the belief that the person whose help sought shares
with Allah the right to create, sustain and
protect then the call for help might amount to 'shirk'.
The Ayah referred to above reads as follows:
"O you who believe ! Be mindful of your Duty to Allah, and seek a way to
approach him ((wab tagoo ilayhi waseelah).................."