Allah the Most Exalted said: “And invoke not besides Allah any that will neither profit you nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Thalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers). And if Allah touches you with hurt, none can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, none can repel His Favours which he causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He wills. And He is the Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Ch.10: V.106-107).
“You worship besides Allah only idols, and you only invent falsehood. Verily, those whom you worship besides Allah have
no power to give you provision, so seek your provision from Allah (alone) and worship Him (alone) and be grateful to Him. To Him (Alone) you will be brought back.” (Ch.29: V17)
“And who is more astray than who calls (invokes) besides Allah,
such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection; and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them? And when mankind is gathered (on the Day of Resurrection), they (false deities) will become enemies for them and will deny their worship of them.” (Ch.46: V.5-6)
“Is not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him; and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any god with Allah? Little is that you remember!” (27:62)
At-Tabarani narrates with his Isnad (chain of the narrators): During the days of the Prophet (Peace be upon him), there was a hypocrite who used to harm the believers. Some of them (the believers) said, “Come (support) with us while we appeal to Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) for assistance against this hypocrite.” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) replied, “Verily, no one should seek to me for assistance. Indeed, it is Allah Who is to be sought for assistance and help.”
Important issues of the Lesson
It is greater Shirk to call upon anyone other than Allah. Even the most pious person, if he calls for help from other than Allah, only for the gratification of someone else, will become one of the Thalimoon (wrongdoers, polytheists).
Calling others for help besides Allah is of no benefit in this world and it leads to disbelief (Kufr).
Requests for sustenance and provision should not be done other than from Allah, just as Paradise can be requested from none other than Him.
There is none more misguided than the one who calls on other than Allah. To whom the call is made (besides Allah) everyone is unaware of the supplication of the caller; he knows nothing about it. The call will be the cause for anger and enmity of the one called toward the caller.
The call is regarded as worship of the one called upon. The one called upon will deny and reject this act of worship towards him (on the Day of Judgment). This is why such a supplicant is the most astray of the people.
Astonishing admission of the idolaters that none relieves the one in distress other than Allah. That is why even they call upon Him in times of extreme difficulty with utmost religious sincerity.