Response to istikhara.
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Response to istikhara
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Hadrat Saad ibn abi-Waqas (r.a.) reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "Istikharah (seeking guidance from Allah) is one of the distinct favors (of Allah) upon man, and a good fortune for the son of Adam is to be pleased with the Judgment of Allah. And a misfortune of the son of Adam is his failure to make ‘istikharah’ (seeking Allah's guidance), and a misfortune for the son of Adam is his displeasure with the Judgment of Allah."
Translation of the du'a of ‘Istikhara’:
‘O Allah! I seek Your guidance (in making a choice) by virtue of Your
knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your
great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are
the Knower of hidden things.
O Allah! If in Your knowledge, (this matter) is good for my religion, my
livelihood and my affairs; immediate and in the distant, then ordain for me,
make it easy for me and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge, (this
matter) is bad for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs; immediate and
in the distant, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it. And
ordain for me the good wherever it be and make me pleased with it.’
Contrary to popular belief, it is not as if whenever one performs the Sunnah of ‘istakharah’, one will get an immediate or direct answer from the Merciful Lord in one’s dream (although it may happen!), or something tangible; but what happens is, if one completely puts one trust in Allah Subhanah and makes a choice between the permissible alternatives, one will easily be able to recognize the permissibility of one’s choice made.
If the choice made is right, Allah Subhanah will make that option easily available and clear all the difficulties in the path of obtaining that good option; and as one sees the ease with which the option is carried out, one will realize that this is indeed the right choice and the result of the ‘istakhara’ was in the affirmative; and it is the fulfillment of this option which is acceptable and pleasing to Allah Subhanah.
But if the choice is wrong and detrimental in the future, Allah Subhanah will make the happening of the option difficult and one will experience blockages and difficulties in the way of achieving that option; and at some stage; when after trying everything in one’s power the option is still not coming to a conclusion, one will realize that this was not the right choice and the result of the ‘istakhara’ was negative.
Question: Someone told me that seeing anything white or green in
Respected sister in Islam, rest absolutely assured that the response of the ‘istikhara’ is not ‘color-coded’; and the colors one sees or experiences in one’s dream or otherwise are absolutely unrelated to one’s response of the ‘istikhara’!
Your Question: ….The thing is that Iʼve to decide about a major issue and I donʼt know what to do. I did Istikhara twice, but Iʼm not coming to any conclusion.
Lets assume one has a few proposals of marriage to choose from, and unable to make this major decision by oneself, one seeks the help and counsel of their Lord Most Gracious by performing the preferred Sunnah of ‘Istikhara’…..
After one has performed the Sunnah of ‘Istikhara’, one should put one full trust and belief in the Power of their Lord Most Majestic Most Supreme, and from amongst the available proposal, proceed with the one which one is most inclined to.
If the process thereafter goes smoothly to its conclusion, one should know with absolute conviction that the response of the ‘istikhara’ they had performed was positive and the conclusion is acceptable to Allah Subhanah; and if no matter how hard one tries, one sees that the choice they have made is just not reaching its conclusion, and one experiences blockages after blockages with their decision reaching its natural conclusion…….one should know that this decision of theirs is unacceptable to their Lord and the response of their ‘istikhara’ was in the negative.
Regardless of whether the response of the ‘istikhara’ was positive or negative, one should wholeheartedly accept whatever transpires with the absolute conviction that what did transpire after they performed the ‘istikhara’ was the best decision and acceptable and pleasing to their Lord Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,