Yā ‘Alī Madad
In order to obtain guidance man is in need of a holy personality, because he himself cannot reach God directly. This clearly means that he personally is not able to hear the holy guidance of God. Or without any hesitation, one should say frankly that the ear of his heart cannot hear. And he who is deaf, as a result, also becomes dumb. Thus how can such a person invoke God when he does not have the tongue which he needs to have for this purpose. It follows that he who has conveyed to him the holy guidance of God can also duly present for him in His presence his prayer and supplication. This is why it is commanded in the Holy Qur’ān: “And if when they had done injustice to themselves, they had but come to you and asked God’s forgiveness, and the Prophet had (also) asked forgiveness for them, surely, they would have found God Forgiving, Merciful” (4:64). This shows that whether we go to the presence of the Prophet physically or have recourse to him spiritually, in any case, we have to implore him: O Messenger of God! We have come to your presence by the command of God, hold our hand and help us. The meanings in “Yā ‘Alī madad” are similar and nothing more than this. Because Mawlā ‘Alī Mushkil-kushā, the solver of difficulties, is the true successor of the Holy Prophet.
This excerpt has been taken from page 4.