SALAATHUL ISTIKHAARAH

 

1.When a person intends doing something, he should seek advice from Allah Ta'ala. This seeking of advice is called istikhaarah (asking for proper guidance from Allah Ta'ala). This has been greatly recommended in the Hadith. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Not seeking advice and proper guidance from Allah Ta'ala is a great misfortune and cause of bad luck." If a person intends sending a proposal somewhere, marrying someone, travelling somewhere or intends doing anything else, and he does not do these things without making istikhaarah, then Insha Allah he will not regret doing what he did.

2. The method of offering istikhaarah salaah is as follows: first two rakaats of nafl salaah should be offered. Thereafter, the following dua should be made with full concentration:

Transliteration: Allaahumma innee astakheeruka bi ilmika wa-astaqdiruka biqudratika wa-as'aluka min fadhlika al-adheem. Fa innaka taqdiru walaa aqdiru. Wa ta'lamu walaa a'alamu wa anta allaamul ghuyoob. Allaahumma in kunta ta'lamu anna haadhal-amr khayrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma'aashiy wa-aaqibat amriy, fa'qdruhliy wa-yassirh liy thumma baarik liy feehi. Wa in-kunta ta'lamu anna haadhal amr sharrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma'aashiy was-'aaqibat amriy. Fa asrifh annee wa-srif 'anhu. Wa aqdurh liyal khayr hayth kaana thumma a-rdhiniy bihee 

Translation: O Allah!! 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 Allah! 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.

when he reaches the underlined words, he should think of the thing for which he is making istikhaarah. Thereafter, he should sleep on a pure and clean bed with his face towards the qiblah in a state of wudu. Once he wakes up from his sleep, then whatever comes out strongly in his mind will be best for him. He should act according to that which comes to his mind.

3. If he has not made up his mind after the first day, and some doubt still persists, he should do the same the following day. In this way, he could continue doing this for seven days. Insha Allah, he will come to know of the advantage or disadvantage of that matter.

4. If a person intends going for hajj, he should not make istikhaarah as to whether he should go or not. Instead, he should make istikhaarah to decide as to whether he should go on a particular day or not.

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SALAATHUT TAUBAH

 

If a person does something contrary to the Shariah, he should offer two rakaats of nafl salaah and thereafter repent to Allah Ta'ala with full devotion and humility. He should also express his regret for committing that sin. He should seek forgiveness from Allah Ta'ala and make a firm intention that he will not commit that sin in the future. Through the virtue and bounty of Allah Ta'ala, that sin will be forgiven.

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