“O Allah! I ask guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this job is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter–(or said: If it is better for my present and later needs)–Then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, And then bless me in it, and if You know that this job is harmful to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter–(or said: If it is worse for my present and later needs)–Then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, And make me satisfied with it.” The Prophet added that then the person should name (mention) his need.
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 21 Hadith 263
So what is it about istikhara that makes it so special?
We usually do istikhara just because we want help making a decision by Allah, but what makes it so beautiful? Well when you are making dua or asking Allah that if something is good for you then to give it otherwise hold it back and remove any emotion towards it. This in itself is beautiful because if you receive a positive sign then in theory Allah has approved. However if you don’t get such a positive sign it is way more beautiful, and do you know why? Because Allah knows the bad in it and is telling you to stay away from it and in theory he has something even more beautiful waiting for you so all you have to do is be patient and it will come soon enough. I personally find this beautiful and amazing this is that either way Allah is choosing for me and that just melts my heart.
Another thing that arises is that people don’t know how to perform the istikhara salah but to be honest it is fairly simple! You read 2 rakaat with the intention of it being istikhara salah and once you have said salaam raise your hands and read the istikhara dua but when making the dua, the actual matter or decision should be mentioned instead of the words “hathal-amra” (“this matter”) and it doesn’t matter what language it is in, Allah knows what you are asking and he understands you. But we should also bear in mind that when we say the dua we should say it with firm conviction, not begging or pleading, but asking Allah clearly for guidance, and that you are confident that he will give you the best answer. And the answer you get won’t necessarily be a dream but could be a gut feeling, an inclination or feeling to go for it, but remember as long as you have done it properly you will get a reply. “How will I know if the answer was no?” is a common question, well if you look at the dua you are saying that if this is bad for you then keep it away from you so it is most likely that you will no longer have any feelings towards it, it will be taken out of your heart. So don’t worry too much whether you will get an answer or not because I can assure you that as long as you have done it sincerely and whole heartedly you will get a reply. And don’t worry about the outcome, you might feel that the answer you receive will be the total opposite of what you wanted but trust me that is the general feeling you get the first time you do it but once you get a reply trust me you will be more than satisfied and will begin to do istikhara a lot more.
And Allah knows best.
Keep me in your blessed duas and stay strong.
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Peace out and Assalamualaikum