Supplicating Through an Intermediary and Calling the Prophet "Master"

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Is it permissible to ask for help from other than Allah (e.g. prophet Muhammad sallalahu alaihi wasalam and the awlia e karam)? Also, recently someone told me that it is wrong to say that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihiwasalam is ‘Maula’, and that it is wrong to add the words ‘shafe’ana wa maulana’ in durood sharif…please enlighten me with what’s right.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
[1] It is permissible to supplicate Allah by means of an intermediary. [see: Tawassul: Supplicating Allah through an Intermediary and: Is It Permissible to Make Tawassul Through Awliya (Saints)?]
[2] There is nothing wrong with saying our master (mawlana). It is a title of honour and respect, and he (Allah bless him and give him peace) is most deserving of it. And how could it be otherwise when he (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, as reported by Bukhari and others, “I am the master of mankind on the Day of Judgement.” and “I am the master of the children of Adam– and this is not a boast.”
And Allah alone gives success.
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani