Saalatul-Istikhaarah Explained - By Abūl-`Abbās Mūsá Richardson
Transcribed by Wafa bint Houssam
"So with regards to Saalatul-Istikhaarah does one pray it when confused about two matters
and wishes to be guided to the one that is better for him or does he pray it when he has made up
his mind about a matter and wishes to be guided to it if it's good for him or away from it if
it's bad for him. Therefore he begins attempting to achieve this thing.
Saalatul-Istikhaarah; the Sunnah is that you name your choice that you have made
after Istisharah, after seeking counsel, after seeking advice, after researching,
seeking help from the servants of Allah with regards to advice, then you turn to
Allah تعالى with your decision and (there is) no harm in seeking Allah's help in the beginning.
Of course, asking Allah, "O Allah show me what is correct", but when it comes to the
actual Saalatul-Istikhaarah that it is two Rak'at followed by a Dua (supplication)
and the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, as Jābir said in the ṣaḥiḥ, he used to teach us
the Istikhaarah like he used to teach us a ṣūrah from the Qur'an. He said
when one of you has an important matter, let him make two Rak'at.
Until the end of the hadith "O Allah" and then he mentions the Dua of Istikhaarah
and in it is, and he names his needs.
إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هذا الأمْرَ خَيْرٌ لي في ديني وَمَعاشي وَعاقِبَةِ أَمْري فَاقْدُرْهُ لي وَيَسِّرْهُ لي ثمَّ بارِكْ لي فيه،
In that Dua, he says "O Allah, if you know this matter to be good for me" and you
can't say here this or that, you have to name one of them.
Right, if you know this matter to be good for me in my deen and in my hereafter,
the long term and the show term of my affair, then grant it to me, put blessing in
it for me. Grant it for me as Qadar, make it easy for me and put blessing in it for me
وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هذا الأمْرَ شَرٌّ لي في ديني وَمَعاشي وَعاقِبَةِ أَمْري فَاصْرِفْهُ عنِّي وَاصْرِفْني عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لي الخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِني بِه
And if you know this thing to be bad for me, in my short term, in my deen, in my
hereafter, my short term, my long term then keep it away from me and keep me
away from it and destine for me the good things.
The good thing or the good alternative, where ever it may be and then make me
pleased with it. So in this Dua, twice you mention a decision that you have made
or that you are making right now with this Istikhaarah. So before you get married
you have a specific girl in mind, you make this Saalatul-Istikhaarah , before you
make any decision that serious, you make Saalatul-Istikhaarah and you name the matter
that you have made the decisionin favour of and you ask Allah when you do that,
name the woman, name marrying this woman at this time, name her and, you know,
name the events; marriage.
Then your asking Allah to put blessing in that marriage if its for you, to make it
easy for you, your asking Allah to turn you away from that affair if its not good
for you, your deen, your hereafter and so-on.
So the very Dua (supplication) answers this question that you name the decision in your supplication
and Allah Ta'ala knows best. Last question; how long do you wait after praying Istikhaarah
to seek the matter out? After making the Istikhaarah you go straight into that matter,
you begin, you don't wait for anything, you don't look for signs of, in the sky, you don't
look for stars.
There are some Mushrikoon who tried to insert this into our practice of Islām.
So they say, you make Istikhaarah and then you look to the stars. Can you
imagine that, take an issue of Tawhid from the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم
and then blend it with Shirk?! Begin your request from Allah with pure Tawhid, two
Rak'at just for Allah, beautiful Dua, right from the lips of the Messenger of
Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم and then you look to the sky for guidance?
You look to the stars to see a shooting star or to see the movement of a star to
indicate to you and you go back to the Deen of Jahiliyyah after being upon the noble
Sunnah of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. I mentioned that just because I recall
people saying things like that, look into the sky in the middle of the night and
look for shooting stars, look for something to indicate things to you.
LA (No)! You act on what you have just decided, if you just made Istikhaarah
to get married, then call up the Wali of the girl and say, "I want her now",
I want to marry her and if he says, do you want to marry my daughter,
I offer her to you and you say yes, then you take her and you get married to this girl.
When you find that this girl and Allah Ta'ala has made her very beautiful and Allah Ta'ala has made her a pious girl and Allah Ta'ala has made her loving to you and Allah Ta'ala has made her affectionate to you and she loves you and you love her, then your Istikhaarah has been answered and Allah Ta'ala has given you what you have asked for and Allah has blessed you and made it easy for you
And if you find that the girl that you married is totally against you or that the Wali didn't even accept, he doesn't want you to marry the girl or the girl refuses or the contract doesn't take place or the Mahr is too high and she won't take anything less or any other issues come up, it's outside of your ability to marry her.
Not that it doesn't require patience sometimes and persistence but it's totally out of your ability, then Allah has answered your Istikhaarah, be happy. That was an evil thing coming to you and you've asked Allah for protection from that evil thing and he has accepted your prayer and he has granted you it and he has diverted a big harm from coming your way through your Istikhaarah, so feel good about the woman that you didn't marry after you made Istikhaarah.
Feel good about the thing that didn't work out after you made Istikhaarah to go after it and consider that Allah Ta'ala has diverted that bad thing from coming to you, you did not know the evil and bad things that were involved in it, you were only judging it by a very surface level judgement by the outward appearance of things and Allah تعالي knows the reality of affairs and he kept that from you, (by) answering your Dua (supplication).
This way the believer is optimistic in every place and every time and every occasion, once something is prevented from coming to him after making Istikhaarah, he says with a clean heart "Alhamdulillah that harmful thing didn't hit me" and if he gets something and he's happy with it and it works out great, he says " Alhamdulillah, this is the baarakah (blessing) and the, tayseer, this is a blessing and the ease that I asked Allah for in this affair, and Allah has answered my dua, I must increase in my gratitude to Allah". The believer, the Mu'min (believer) is always in a good, optimistic state.
May Allah تعالي make us true believers and with that we'll close this evening, hoping that Allah Ta'ala blesses us to come together tomorrow night at this time and we bid you well here from Troid Radio.
Was-Salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatu"
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Last edit: 6 years 9 months ago by Wafa Assalafiyyah. Reason: Editing some transliteration errors and adding english to: eg. dua into dua (supplication) and etc.
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