In the name of Allah, the Beneficient,the Merciful
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WHAT IS ISTIKHAARAH?
Istikhaarah is to seek guidance from
Allah when one is faced with a problem to which no solution is
Whenever a person is faced with a
difficult problem, or becomes hesitant in making a decision
and his knowledge of the matter is insufficient to guide him
then after seeking advice from trusted friends he should turn
to Allah and beseech His grace. He should willingly and with
an open heart and mind supplicate for divine guidance and ask
for direction so that the problem is solved in his own best
interest. The Du'aa at such an occasion is called
Istikhaarah is in fact an invaluable
teaching of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) with
which the Muslims have been favoured. This blessing could give
solace to many for all times to come. It is related in the
Hadith that Rasulullah (SAW) use to teach the Istikhaarah to
the Sahaabah (RA) like the Qur'an is taught to children. In
another Hadith it is stated that 'He does not fail who makes
Istikhaarah and he does not regret who makes Mashwarah
In the Masnoon Istikhaarah, after one
has carried out his responsibility as best as one can, one
should hand over the entire matter and oneself to the
limitless knowledge of Allah Ta'ala. By resorting to
Istikhaarah one is now retrieved of making a decision on ones
Whenever counsel is sought from a
respectable and experienced person, it is expected that he
will give good advise and assist to the best of his ability.
Similarly Istikhaarah is to seek counsel that the all-Knowing
and Merciful Allah? Once Istikhaarah is made then Allah Ta'ala
will surely guide him to do what is best for him.
Now there can be no perplexity. Only
that will happen which Allah Ta'ala wills and which is good
for ones own sake though one may not be able to see it
immediately. It is not necessary that one must experience or
see an evident change or vision. Allah Ta'ala alone knows what
is best for His servants. It is related in the Hadith that
'Success and good tidings for the son of Aadam (Insaan) is in
performing Istikhaarah and his misfortune lies in not making
When making Istikhaarah begin with
performing two Rakaats Nafl Salaat. Then with all sincerity
recite the following Du'a.
astakheeruka bi ilmika wa-astaqdiruka biqudratika wa-as'aluka
min fadhlika al-adheem. Fa innaka taqdiru walaa aqdiru. Wa
ta'lamu walaa a'alamu wa anta allaamul ghuyoob. Allaahumma in
kunta ta'lamu anna haadhal-amr khayrun liy fiy deeniy
wa-ma'aashiy wa-aaqibat amriy, fa'qdruhliy wa-yassirh liy
thumma baarik liy feehi. Wa in-kunta ta'lamu anna haadhal amr
sharrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma'aashiy was-'aaqibat amriy. Fa
asrifh annee wa-srif 'anhu. Wa aqdurh liyal khayr hayth kaana
thumma a-rdhiniy bihee
O Allah!! Behold I ask You the good through Your
Knowledge, and ability through Your Power, and beg (Your
favour) out of Your infinite Bounty. For surely You have
Power; I have none. You know all; I know not. You are the
Great Knower of all things.
O Allah! If in Your Knowledge
this matter be good for my faith (Deen), for my livelihood,
and for the consequences of my affairs, then ordain it for me,
and make it easy for me, and bless me therein.
But if in
Your Knowledge, this matter be bad for my faith (Deen) for my
livelihood, and for the consequences of my affairs, then turn
it away from me, and turn me away therefrom, and ordain for me
the good wherever it be, and cause me to be pleased
While reciting this Du'aa
when one reaches HAADHAL AMR (THIS MATTER) at both places he
should think of his problem.
May Allah guide and
assist us all, Aameen.
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)