Waila, is it permitted?

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Assalam-u-alaikum.. I've just read your post that we are not supposed to invoke the unseen as that will be considered as an act of shirk.. i just got an hadith of sahih bukhari,can you please help me out? It says: Narrated Anas Radi Allahu Anhu :Whenever drought threatened them, 'Umar bin Al-Khattab, used to ask Al-Abbas bin 'Abdul Muttalib to invoke Allah for rain. He used to say, "O Allah! We used to ask our Prophet Peace be upon him to invoke You for rain, and You would bless us with rain, and now we ask his uncle to invoke You for rain. O Allah ! Bless us with rain."And so it would rain. Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 17, Number 123..what am i suppose to do now??'

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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

Sister one can request anybody alive to invoke Allah swt on their behalf for any favor one wishes to receive. The restriction tantamount to shirk is when one invokes the dead or in the unseen (someone not physically present before you) and begs them to invoke Allah swt on your behalf. The invocation in the unseen can only be made to Allah swt..

 
In the hadith Hadrat Omar r.a. invoked Allah swt and stated that when the Prophet saws was alive they used to request him saws to pray for rain, now that he saws is no more, they have requested his saws's uncle Hadrat Abbas ibn Muttalib r.a. who was alive to pray for rain. There is no shirk involved because Hadrat Omar r.a. and Hadrat Abbas r.a. were both alive.
 
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