Istikhara - Seeking the best from Allah (swt)

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Istikhara "Seeking the best from Allah (swt)"
Seeking the best from Allah (swt)
Significance, Methods and Types in the light of forty hadith and the views of the Ulama.
Al-Hadiths and recommendations from the Ahl al-Bait on the subject of Istikharas.
Written by Muhammad Baqir Haideri
Translated by Saleem Bhimji
Edited by Arifa Hudda
ISBN # 1-894701-04-6
Published by Islamic Humanitarian Service, Canada
Size: 5.5 X 8.5
Pages: 80

Istikhara - Seeking the best from Allah (swt)

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Introduction ......
According to Fiqh E Jaferia..... Istikhara is an Islamic tradition which is strongly rooted in the culture of the Shi'a especially those Arabs, Iranian, Indian, Pakistanis. Unfortunately however, it has been noticed that most people have an incorrect view of the Istikhara and the usage of it. when an important issue comes up in their lives, without delay and pausing to stop and think and ask others for advice, they will seek guidance from the Unseen One and perform the traditional Istikhara. The person, without following the specific conditions and etiquette, will, without delay, reach for the Qur'an or a Tasbih and ....

A group of these people, without even thinking about the outcome of the Istikhara, will if they understand the result as being in favor of what they really want to do and what they think is their best interest will act upon it. If it comes out "negative", they will still act upon it to try to get what they desire. Yet another group of people who think that the outcome of the Istikhara is like the Qur'an meaning that it is a revelation from Allah (swt) take the outcome of it as being obligatory to accept and place their lives and destiny in the result of the Istikhara.

Both of these groups have definitely not understood the true meaning of the Istikhara and the proper usage of it, since not paying attention to the first step that is using one's reason and intellect and then resorting to asking others for advice plays a very important role and has a great effect on the actual outcome of the Istikhara.

The first group of people who due to confusion in their own minds in regards to the Istikhara and performing it without delay have unwittingly fallen into a great sin of weakening the Glorious Qur'an and of disrespecting the Nobel Scripture. They have chosen their own destiny which is controlled by their own lusts what is in their 'best interest' and even some without performing the Istikhara fall victim to this.

The sin of the second group of people are no less than those of the first group, since without any kind of proof either from common sense or from the religion have made it incumbent on themselves to follow the Istikhara whose original purpose is to remove doubt and make one's heart at ease.

If a person is able to reach to this state by better methods such as thinking and asking others for advice then it is not necessary for him to seek refuge with the Istikhara, leave aside what would happen to the one who acted upon the outcome of the Istikhara which has been performed out of confusion and ignorance and by not following the prescribed conditions and prerequisites. The result of having such an outlook is regarded to the Istikhara is that the person does not use his brain in day to day life and ends up unsuccessful in the twists and turns that life takes him through, because of this he loses the real rewards of this world that come from using one's intelligence and seeking advice from others.

Various types of Istikhara and the proper method of use:

Istikhara by Supplication..... The actual meaning of Istikhara is "asking what is best and proper from Allah (swt) the Merciful" which in itself is for of supplication. Reliance (upon Allah [swt]) leaving all of one's affairs to Allah (swt) and having a good or favorable opinion of Allah (swt) are the requirements before one performs any supplication. This means that in all of one's affairs the person supplicates to Allah (swt) and sincerely asks Him to make his path easy and to have a good outcome.

The Istikhara by supplication in all instances takes precedence. It has been recommended that before one performs even the smallest act, he start off by supplicating to Allah (swt). In the Hadith it has been emphasized that this type of Istikhara should be performed before every action and is one of the reasons for the success of a person, since in reality the Istikhara by supplication incledes...
1... Praising and Glorifying Allah (swt)
2... Istikhara by Seeking Advice from Others
3... The Spiritual Istikhara
4... The Istikhara by Qur'an
5... The Istikhara by Tasbih
6... The Istikhara by Papers
This book has recommendations from the Ahl al-Bait for Istikharas.

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