And the examples are many, from their biggest scholars to their du’at, all of them sanctify the ghuluw of invoking the saints (which at best is based on flimsy and ahad narrations), some of them also openly state that you can invoke Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), opposing that makes you a ‘Wahhabi Najdi’, masha’allah!
Of course, the Rawafid (not just some non-representative layman or local cleric, but the likes of Ali Sistani, the most influential Shia ‘Ayatollah’ on this earth) have the exact similar belief, of course, they do, after all: ملة الكفر واحدة (the nation of Kufr is one nation). This is why the Rawafid (despite all their differences) always support them (like in Egypt) and parade them as ‘true Sunnis’ against the ‘Wahhabis’ (those who’ve committed the ‘crime’ to call upon Allah alone).
Second degree Shirk. The false deity doesn’t intercede for you directly before Allah. No, it connects you to another greater deity which then connects you to Allah.That’s why the grave worshipers can be heard saying, we are the slaves of the slaves of the slaves of Allah.Nay, ye are in fact the slaves of Satan who leads you astray!
إِنْ يَدْعُونَ إِلَّا شَيْطَانًا مَرِيدًا 0 لَعَنَهُ اللَّهُ وَقَالَ لَأَتَّخِذَنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِكَ نَصِيبًا مَفْرُوضًاIn fact, they (the Mushrikeen) invoke none but the rebellious Satan, cursed by Allah, who said, I will surely take from your slaves a certain number (with me to Hell).[4:117-118 – Slightly paraphrased]