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Q: What is the ruling on those who say for example: “Ya Ali” whenever they want to lift heavy objects? Is this considered an act of polytheism because one seeks the help of the Holy persons or Members of the Household (a.s.) rather than seeking it from Allah? 

A: The pious person ought to abide by the Islamic instructions of the Quran and Sunnah. Thus, he has to ask only for Allah’s help in conformity with Surat Al-Fatiha: Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.