Asking the Imams directly for everything you should actually sk Allah alone, this is what Shi’ism stands for.
Book: Al-Fatawa Al-Muyassarah (A “Ayatullah” Ali Sistani Fatwa collection)
Question: Is it permissible to ask for sustenance, a child, protection or intercession directly from the infallible ones?
Sistani: Let me ask you first. Do you seek this from them because they create, or sustain, or protect?
Questioner answers: Certainly not. But rather because they are the means to Allah Subhana wa Taala, the intercessors with Him in the disposal of affairs, and because they cannot do anything but with the permission of Allah, the Sublime and Exalted.
Sistani: You mean that they ask Allah the Exalted and He creates, and they ask Him and He sustains, and they ask Him and He protects, and because they are intercessors, whose pleas or supplications are not rejected, because of their status with Allah, the Sublime, and for their guardianship over us?
Questioner: Yes, I mean that.
Sistani: This is permissible. Allah (s.w.t.) says: “…and seek means of nearness to Him…” (Qur’an, 5:35) and they (alaihuma salam) are your means of approach to Allah Subhana wa Taala. This is permissible.
So basicly he see sno problem for someone who let’s say lives in Canada and asks Al-Hussein (may Allah be pleased with him) in English: “O Hussein, please grant me a child”, because this is merely a form of Tawassul (intercession)! The Shari’ah must be a joke to them, for every Mushrik can utter any polytheistic statement, then simply claim he meant something else, yet, as we know, uttering divorce can actually lead to divorce (no matter what one intended), yet uttering clear-cut shirk could actually mean Tawhid!