Is the ruling on those who offer

Q 1: What is the ruling on being led in Salah (Prayer) by an Imam who believes that a righteous dead person can bring benefit or avert harm?

A: Salah offered behind this Imam is invalid because believing that the dead can bring benefit or remove harm constitutes an act of Al-Shirk-ul-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allah). The same applies to invoking the dead instead of Allah, or seeking help from them or making vows or sacrificing animals for them. (Part No. 7; Page No. 357) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.