As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


After Salaat al-Istikharah

After performing Salaat al-Istikharah, one should place his trust in Allah and do what he thinks to be correct - without hesitation, sadness or fear; whether his heart is happy or not about the outcome. One should also remember that none of the creation - whoever it might be, can prevent good, if Allah intends it for someone; nor can they turn away evil if Allah, the Most High, has decreed it, ‘And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can alleviate but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His favor, which he causes to reach whomsoever of His slave He wills. And He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.’ [ (10): 107]

Imam An-Nawawi holds that ‘after performing al-Istikharah, a person must do what he is wholeheartedly inclined to do and feels good about doing and should not insist on doing what he had desired to do before making Salaat al-Istikharah. And if his feelings change, he should leave what he had intended to do; otherwise, he is not completely leaving the choice to Allah, and would not be honest in seeking aid from Allah's power and knowledge. Sincerity in seeking Allah's choice means that one should completely leave what he himself had desired or determined.’ [Fiqh us-Sunnah]

If a person still remains confused after Salaat al-Istikharah, there is no harm in repeating this blessed Dua. Allama al-Mubaarakpoori said, ‘Is it liked (mustahabb) to repeat Salaat and Dua concerning a particular issue if one is still confused as to whether it is right to do it or not do it.’ [Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi (2/593)]

In Conclusion
If one is required to make an important decision in life and is confused, he does what he can do himself to the best of his ability and consults with those who are knowledgeable and wise. One also relies upon Allah for guidance by resorting to Salaat al-Istikharah. Having done this, one acts in accordance with what he finds to be the best and leaves the rest to Allah (Tawakkul), knowing that the path that Allah chooses for him is the best. Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) writes, ‘If he resigns his affair to his Rabb and is pleased with what He chooses for Him, his Rabb supports him with strength, firm resolve and patience in what He chooses for him. Likewise, his Rabb saves him from the weaknesses, which are the result of the servant choosing for himself. Then his Rabb shows him the beautiful results of His choice for him, which he would not have arrived at, if he was left to choose for himself. He relives himself from the burdensome thoughts concerning the numerous choices, empties his heart from suppositions and contemplation… And despite that he cannot escape from that which has been decreed for him. So if he is happy with Allah’s choice, then the decree overtakes him and he is thankful.’ [Quoted from, ‘The Three Abandoned Prayers’]

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