Do we seek help from those who are dead, or from those who are not present?
No we do not seek help from either, rather we seek help from Allaah alone.
Evidence from the Noble Qur.aan
(Recall the time) when you (O Companions of the Prophet!) implored your Lord to aid you in distress, and He responded to you (saying), ‘I shall reinforce you with a thousand of the angels coming in continuous succession.’
Soorah al-Anfaal, Aayah 9
Evidence from the authentic Sunnah
«O Ever-Living, Self-Subsistent, upon Him all subsist, I seek help through Your Mercy»
Transmitted by at-Tirmidhee