lstakharah Salaah (Salaah for seeking guidance)

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Friday, June 11th, 2010

1. Mas’la: Whenever one intends to do something, one should take guidance from ALLAH. Seeking guidance from ALLAH is called istikharah. This has been exhorted in a number of traditions the Prophet has said that not seeking guidance from ALLAH through lstikhara is nothing but ill luck and wretchedness. So before taking a decision on a proposal for marriage or before setting out on a journey or undertaking any other important assignment, one should seek guidance from ALLAH through lstikharah Salaah. [Raddul Mukhtar]

2. Mas’la: The manner of lstikharah Salaah as appearing in a tradition reported by Hadrat Jabir (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) is that when one intends to do some thing, he should perform two rak’ahs of nafl Salaah and then say:

Istikhara Dua
Istikhara Dua

“O, ALLAH, I ask guidance by Thy knowledge. I ask Thee for power by Thy power, and I ask Thee out of Thy great Abundance, for Thou art the One who is aware of the unseen. O ALLAH, if Thou knowest that this matter is for me regarding my religion, my livelihood, and my future well – being (or he said, “my affairs in this world and the next) ordain it for me and make it easy for me, then bless me in it. But if thou knowest that this matter is bad for me regarding my livelihood, and my future well — being (or he said, my affairs in this world and the next.) turn it away from me turn me away from it, ordain good for me where ever it is, then make me pleased with it.” [Mishkat]

When one utters the words (Hazal Amr) (this thing) he should contemplate of the matter about which guidance is sought. After that he should lay down in a state of purity on a neat and clean bed with his face towards the QIBLAH. Whatever comes firmly in his mind on waking up is the best course of action and should be adopted. [Ad – dural Mukhtar]

3. Mas’la: If nothing occurs to one’s mind on the first day and the anxiety and undecisiveness continues, he should repeat it the next day and so on for a week. By the grace of ALLAH, he will come to know the good or evil of the matter. [Ad-durul Muktar]

4. Mas’la: If one intends to go for Hajj, which is fard, he should not resort to lstikharah Salaah whether he should go or not. Instead he should seek guidance through lstikharah for the day on which he should set out on the journey for hajj. [Addurul-Muktar – Bukhari]

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