Muhammad al-Yaqoubi is a very influential Sufi preacher in the Western hemisphere, particularly in the English-speaking world. As a typical Sufi Molvi, he has his good share of stories in which Ghuluw practices (such as invoking the saints directly, especially in times of hardship!) are endorsed and propagated to the gullible (under the pretext that the saints can perform Karamat and Mu’jizat even after their demise. As if this somehow justifies invoking the saints directly in the essence of worship that is Du’a, something that Islam has never endorsed, whether the saint is dead or alive).
Here is one of those superstitious stories (which, conveniently validates Mawlid gatherings) which this Sufi narrates about a ‘Christian’ Mushrikah who was guided by calling upon Jesu… I mean the Catholic saints… no, by calling upon the Prophet (ﷺ) directly when she was faced with severe hardship (cause this is what Tawhid is according to the Sufi, Rafidah, and other Quburis).
The polytheists in our era are more severe in their (committing of) Shirk than the first polytheists (during the Prophet’s time). This was since the first polytheists used to ascribe partners to Allah at times of ease and worship Him sincerely during times of hardship.
However, the polytheists in our era constantly commit Shirk in times of ease as well as in times of hardship. The proof for this is Allah’s statement:
فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ
“And when they embark on a ship, they invoke Allah making their Faith purely for Him alone. But when He brings them safely to land, behold they give a share of their worship to others.” [Surah Al-‘Ankabut: 65]