We have no problem with asking someone to make dua’a for us but when it comes to asking the Holy Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) to make dua’a for us, a minority sect indiscriminately throws such words as “Shirk” at us without even bothering that their action in fact boomerangs on them owing to which they themselves stand accused of “Shirk”.
wa yas'alu allaha hajatahu mutawassilan ilallah bi hadrati nabiyyihi thumma qala yas'alu al-nabiyya sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam al-shafa`ata fa yaqulu ya rasulallah as'aluka al-shafa`ata ya rasulallah atawassalu bika ilallah.
Then let him ask Allah for his need, using Allah's Prophet as his means to Allah; (then he said): Let him ask the Prophet for his intercession and say: O Messenger of Allah, I am asking you for your intercession; O Messenger of Allah, I am using you as my means to Allah.
Commenting on the above, Imam Kawthari says in his MAQALAT, page 410: "....Nawawi mentions in the Adhkar that it was narrated by Ibn al-Sani, and Ibn Hajar graded it hasan or fair as mentioned by Ibn `Allab in his Commentary on the Adhkar (Vol. 2 p. 139). Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Alawi al-Maliki said: “The specific mention of the above in his du`a is understood as tawassul, as if he were saying: “O ALLAH, I ASK YOU AND I SEEK AS MEANS TO YOU JIBRIL, ISRAFIL, MIKA’IL, AND MUHAMMAD THE PROPHET. Ibn `Allab referred to this in his commentary.”
"Through the means of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) we seek help for our women and children from believers (or Muslims)"
The narrator says that when people had finished their prayer, they repeated the same words as the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) advised them.
[Reference: Nasā’ī, Sunan, book of hibah (gifts) 6:262-3].
*Ibn Jama`a, Hidayat alsalik 3:1384;
*Ibn Qudaamah Al-Maqdisi in his magnum opus Al-Mughni, the great Hanbali work. He transcribed this narration beneath his chapter, “Chapter on Visiting the Grave of the Prophet.” ;
* al-Qurtubi, Tafsir of 4:64 in Ahkam al-Qur’an 5:265;
*Samhudi, Khulasat al-Wafa p. 121 (from Nawawi);
* Dahlan, Khulasat al-Kalam 2:247;
*Ibn Kathir in his Tafsir, in which he prefaces the narration with: “And a group [of scholars], amongst them Ash-Shaykh Abu Mansur As-Sabbaagh in his treatise “Ash-Shaamil” mentioned the well known story from Al-’Utbi…”,
and al-Bidayat wa al-nihayat 1:180;
*al-Bahuti al-Hanbali, Kashshaf al-qina` 5:30;
*. Taqiyud-Din As-Subki reports the narration in his Shifaa’ As-Siqaam p. 52, regarding the visiting of the grave of the Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He reports this narration with his chain. ((See Futuhaat Ar-Rabbaaniyah 5/39 ))
*Ibn al-Jawzi, Muthir al-gharam al-sakin ila ashraf alamakin p. 490;
* Imam Al-Baaji reports this narration in his Sunan As-Saaliheen.
* Imam Ath-Tha’labi narrates it in his Tafsir
*Ibn al-Najjar, Akhbar al-Madina p. 147. A similar report is cited through Sufyan ibn `Uyayna (Shafi`i’s shaykh), and through Abu Sa`id al-Sam`ani on the authority of `Ali.