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Istighathah is calling for help particularly when in hardship. Isti^anah is more inclusive and broader in its definition of calling for help.

Suratul-Baqarah, Ayah 45 means, “Seek assistance (wasta^inu) through patience and prayer.” The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said, “The sun shall near the heads of people on Judgment Day and whilst in that state they will call upon Adam for help (istaghathu bi Adam)”. This hadith indicates clearly that it is acceptable to ask for the help of other than Allah, with the firm belief that Allah is the Creator of benefit and harm.