Abu Eesa’s take on Istikharah

// October 29th, 2007 // Blog

Found this in the comments section of his blog, and thought it was worth highlighting.

Q: And last Q. what do you do/what does it mean if after doing istikhara and you take which ever course that you take, and you feel like you made the wrong decision? or done something really terrible?! should we just get on with things and pray that Allāh forgives any mistakes?

A: I've never felt comfortable with the explanations offered by some scholars for how Istikharah should work. But to save you the detail, I see Istikharah as a pure act of worship and nothing else. I don't see it as something that helps you make a decision, or shows you right from wrong or a good vibe from a bad one. No, I think that you should sit down and think out your decision and/or issues, come to a good, halal and sensible decision weighing in all major factors as only you will know, and then pray the Istikharah, asking Allāh to put blessings in your decision and to give you the best possible result and to make you happy with the outcome – and that's it. Be happy and comfortable with whatever happens as a result of your earlier decision and khalas.

If you study the wording of the du'a al-Istikharah, and reflect on it, you might see what I'm talking about.

And Allāh knows best.

Translation of the du'a al-Istikharah:

O Allāh! 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 Allāh! 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 therewith.

2 Responses to “Abu Eesa’s take on Istikharah”

  1. hema says:

    i read that and thought it was quite interesting ..
    i’ve stopped reading istikhaara..don’t know why:( gonna go do it now! xx

  2. Faraz says:

    It’s interesting, though I’m not sure if I agree with this entirely. At least, in my experience, I’ve found that Istikharah occasionally changed my decision 180 degrees from what I originally had in my heart, and generally, I’ve found reason to believe that the result from istikharah was better than what would have transpired had I gone with my original feelings.

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