It is forbidden to ask for help

Through repetition of Fatiha, God makes us say seventeen or forty times a day, “We do not ask for help from anyone but God.”


اِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَاِيَّاكَ نَسْتَع۪ينُۜ

(Our Lord!) We serve you only and ask you for help.

But everyone wants help from each other. What kind of work is this? If it is said that if you want help, aren’t you ashamed to repeat this verse, what should be said?

There will be someone who said this means prayer, of course. Let’s see how this word went down in the Qur’an. We will see that the word used by the disbelievers when they said, “someone has helped Muhammad write the Qur’an” is the same word. The help of the believers in charity is also ordered in the verses. In other words, it means “help” in the most common and known sense. It refers to the word “asking for general help”, not to pray or ask for divine help.

What happens if we don’t seek help from God alone? How can we live? What is the secret? How do we get rid of being a liar? How can we not understand what we are asked to repeat 40 times a day?

Let us look at the verses in which the Qur’an passes along with the roots of this word in Fatiha, so that the Qur’an will explain itself.

This word ع و ن is derived from the root letters. There are 11 words derived from the same root.

The verses in the Qur’an are listed below.

In a list,


وَقَالَ الَّذ۪ينَ كَفَرُٓوا اِنْ هٰذَٓا اِلَّٓا اِفْكٌۨ افْتَرٰيهُ وَاَعَانَهُ عَلَيْهِ قَوْمٌ اٰخَرُونَۚۛ فَقَدْ جَٓاؤُ۫ ظُلْمًا وَزُورًاۚۛ

Those who disbelieved said, “This is nothing but a phony that he (Muhammad) invented. Another community helped him in this.” So they were absolutely unfair and lied (a promise).


اِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَاِيَّاكَ نَسْتَع۪ينُۜ

(Our Lord!) We serve you only and ask you for help


وَاسْتَع۪ينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلٰوةِۜ وَاِنَّهَا لَكَب۪يرَةٌ اِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِع۪ينَۙ

Ask God for help with patience and prayer. Certainly, it is a difficult and heavy duty for everyone except those whose hearts shudder with respect to God.


قَالُوا ادْعُ لَنَا رَبَّكَ يُبَيِّنْ لَنَا مَا هِيَۜ قَالَ اِنَّهُ يَقُولُ اِنَّهَا بَقَرَةٌ لَا فَارِضٌ وَلَا بِكْرٌۜ عَوَانٌ بَيْنَ ذٰلِكَۜفَافْعَلُوا مَا تُؤْمَرُونَ

They said, “Pray to your Lord on our behalf, and let us know what he is.”  Moses says: God says that it is neither old nor blind; a cow between the two.


يَٓا اَيُّهَا الَّذ۪ينَ اٰمَنُوا اسْتَع۪ينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلٰوةِۜ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ مَعَ الصَّابِر۪ينَ

Believers! Ask God for help with patience and prayer. God is with the steadfast.


يَٓا اَيُّهَا الَّذ۪ينَ اٰمَنُوا لَا تُحِلُّوا شَعَٓائِرَ اللّٰهِ وَلَا الشَّهْرَ الْحَرَامَ وَلَا الْهَدْيَ وَلَا الْقَلَٓائِدَ وَلَٓا آٰمّ۪ينَالْبَيْتَ الْحَرَامَ يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرِضْوَانًاۜ وَاِذَا حَلَلْتُمْ فَاصْطَادُواۜ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَاٰنُقَوْمٍ اَنْ صَدُّوكُمْ عَنِ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ اَنْ تَعْتَدُواۢ وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوٰىۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَىالْاِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللّٰهَۜ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ شَد۪يدُ الْعِقَابِ

 Help with goodness and obedience. But do not help with sin and hostility. Beware of God. Because God’s punishment is very severe.


قَالَ مُوسٰى لِقَوْمِهِ اسْتَع۪ينُوا بِاللّٰهِ وَاصْبِرُواۚ اِنَّ الْاَرْضَ لِلّٰهِ۠ يُورِثُهَا مَنْ يَشَٓاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِه۪ۜ وَالْعَاقِبَةُلِلْمُتَّق۪ينَ

Moses said to his people: Ask God for help and be patient. To God belongs the Earth. And whatever He wants of His servants, He makes him an heir. The result is for those who fear God and stay away from sin. ”


وَجَٓاؤُ۫ عَلٰى قَم۪يصِه۪ بِدَمٍ كَذِبٍۜ قَالَ بَلْ سَوَّلَتْ لَكُمْ اَنْفُسُكُمْ اَمْرًاۜ فَصَبْرٌ جَم۪يلٌۜ وَاللّٰهُ الْمُسْتَعَانُعَلٰى مَا تَصِفُونَ

They brought fake blood on your shirt. Ya’kûb said: “On the contrary; Your goodies have shown you a good job. Now it’s my job to be patient. In the face of what you tell, it is only God that will help. ”


قَالَ مَا مَكَّنّ۪ي ف۪يهِ رَبّ۪ي خَيْرٌ فَاَع۪ينُون۪ي بِقُوَّةٍ اَجْعَلْ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُمْ رَدْمًاۙ

He said: “The power (and blessing) that my Lord keeps meitn is better. Help me with (physical) power and I will make a strong obstacle between you and them.


قَالَ رَبِّ احْكُمْ بِالْحَقِّۜ وَرَبُّنَا الرَّحْمٰنُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلٰى مَا تَصِفُونَ

The Prophet said: “My Lord! Between us, judge the truth, you will only be asked for help from our Lord, Compassionate.



Yes. In a few places, the exception of this is stated in the verses. Let us explain why we should not be asked for help before we go to them and how we should behave when we need them.

Muslims must be fair. It is not fair for a man to call for help, that is, to ask him to sacrifice just because you want him, without paying a wage, without offering his reward. This is an invitation to use that person unfairly. Unfortunately, the real meaning is, “come and help me, so I can take advantage of you for free.”

Our Lord does not confuse this with Muslims. I mean, nobody owes anybody. Has no right to ask for help. To call for help for your soul, to use people’s conscience and divine emotions, to suck blood and become vampiric in order to use people unfairly.

You noticed that I spoke harsh words. Because our Lord made us blind 40 times, he made us say it with our tongues. So it’s very important, and it’s an issue that needs to be sensitive.



Let’s talk about an example. Your car broke down on the journey when you were on your way to the mountain. It is cold and you can freeze and die. You saw a vehicle coming from a distance. This is a great opportunity. He can save you from freezing to death. Should we ask him for help? No. But if the car stops moving, we should tell the occupants:

“I’m about to freeze. If you leave me in a proper place, I’ll get into debt the amount we’ll agree to.”

Or if you have the money, then;

“I owe you the amount we agreed to, and I can give you my identity as a hostage or something valuable.”

Let’s say you’re on deathbed and there’s nothing you can give. But you need to do something. Then;

Itshouldd besaid:: “I have nothing to give and I have no time to repay. I’m in my last breath. Will you do this to me in the hereafter, on condition that I may give you my favors in the hereafter or be even with you from your sins?”.

Of course, the one who falls in front of him is to do good only by waiting for his reward from God.



Forgetting and urgency

Of course, we’re human, and when life comes to the throat, you can be screamed for help. We can’t bid on people in an emergency for a long time. However, when the narrow time passes, when the mind becomes dominant, for example, when the drowning man is drawn to shore, he should at least offer his gift as a reward to those who help him. If he agrees, he must.

Help Someone Else For Good Deeds

It is not a problem to invite others to help you to commit a deed, rather than to you, while doing a school, being in a war, while trying to earn rewards by doing someone else a favor by doing them a favor. The evidence is the call of Zulkarneyn to help the people and to earn rewards.


Every punishment is fora  crime. He’s always in need of help. He who sends help shall be rolled in the swamp of Shirk, who begs people who do not know God.

Instead of asking for help, a thoughtful person who tries not to be indebted and obeying the trut, finds himself a means to gain the title of being a servant of God and his life.

Does one contradict what he has to say forty times a day? That would also be a liar. It is a very ugly job to ask for help with the most severe condition of asking for help by asking for help from you alone and asking for help at first opportunity or in the void, or even asking for help from others, saying that they do not see as they do in some sects and do not have knowledge about them.

Even a teacher should be offered divine knowledge. Surely a divine knowledge should be taught for free. Prophet Moses teaches us the right way about this.

Quran Kehf 18:65-69

So they found a servant from us, whom we bestowed mercy on him, and which we taught from our knowledge.

Moses said to him: “Can I be subject to you from the teaching that was taught to you in the Rush, to teach me? Surely you cannot bear patience in my retinue. And how will you be patient with what you have not been informed about, you will find me patient.

As you can see, he promises to his teacher that he will obey His commands and be patient with him. In other words, even if there is something that he does not understand, he will approach and obey with a pleasant view and wait. Even if it is for his own person, he will obey a service.

It is a contract to obey the orders of his teacher in return for knowledge. It would be nice for the student to ask what the orders will be. The teacher may ask him for a difficult command to test. So take a lesson from Moses and his teacher; before you start a job, elaborate your contract and never ask for help.



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