1. The Istikhaara (Asking for Allah (azwj)’s Choice)

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أحمد بن أبى عبد الله البرقى، عن عثمان بن عيسى، عن هارون بن خارجة قال: قال أبو عبد الله (ع): من استخار الله عزوجل مرة واحدة وهو راض بما صنع الله له خار الله له حتما.


1. Ahmad Bin Abu Abdullah Al Barqy, from Usman Bin Isa, from Haroun Bin Kharjat who said, ‘Abu Abdullah (a.s.) said: ‘The one who asks for Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic’s Choice once and he is pleased with whatever Allah (azwj) has Decided for him, Allah (azwj) would inevitably Choose good for him’.




وباسناده قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله (ع) يقول: إذا أراد أحدكم أمرا فلا يشاورن فيه أحدا من الناس حتى يبدأ فيشاور الله قلت: وما مشاورة الله؟ - قال: يبدأ فيستخير الله فيه أولا، ثم يشاور فيه، فانه إذا بدأ بالله تبارك وتعالى أجرى الله له الخيرة على لسان من يشاء من الخلق.


2. And by his chain, said, ‘I heard Abu Abdullah (a.s.) saying: ‘Whenever one of you intends for a matter, so he should not consult anyone from the people with regards to it until he begins by consulting Allah (azwj)’. I said, ‘And what is the consultation of Allah (azwj)?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘First of all, he should begin by getting Allah (azwj) to Choose for him with regards to it (Istikhara), then he should consult (the people) with regards to it. So, if he were to begin with Allah (azwj) Blessed and High, Allah (azwj) would Make the goodness to flow for him upon the tongue of the one whom he consults from the people’ (so he will get an answer to that he did not know/thought about).




وعنه، عمن ذكره، عن أبى عبد الله (ع) قال: قال الله عزوجل: من شقاء عبدى أن يعمل الاعمال فلا يستخيرنى.


3. And from him, from the one who mentioned it, Abu Abdullah (a.s.) has said: ‘Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Said: “From the wretched ones of My (azwj) servants is the one who works the deeds, so he does not ask for My (azwj) Choice (Istikhaara)’.




- عنه، عن ابن محبوب، عن على بن رئاب، عن عبد الله بن مسكان، عن محمد بن مضارب، قال: قال أبو عبد الله (ع): من دخل في أمر بغير استخارة ثم ابتلى لم يؤجر.


4. From him, from Ibn Mahboub, from Ali Bin Ra’ib, from Abdullah Bin Muskaan, from Muhammad Bin Mazaarab who said, ‘Abu Abdullah (a.s.) said: ‘The one who enters into a matter without Istikhaara, then is afflicted, would not be Recompensed’.




عنه، عن محمد بن عيسى اليقطينى وعثمان بن عيسى، عمن ذكره، عن بعض أصحابنا، قال: قلت لابي عبد الله (ع): من أكرم الخلق على الله؟ - قال: أكثرهم ذكرا لله وأعملهم بطاعته، قلت: فمن أبغض الخلق إلى الله؟ - قال: من يتهم الله، قلت: وأحد يتهم الله؟ - قال: نعم، من استخار الله فجاءته الخيرة بما يكره فسخط فذلك يتهم الله.


5. From him, from Muhammad Bin Isa Al Yaqteeny and Usmaan Bin Isa, from the one who mentioned it, from one of our companions who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah (a.s.), ‘Who is the most honourable of the people to Allah (azwj)?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘The one most frequent in mentioning Allah (azwj) and most obedient to Him (azwj) in his deeds’. I said, ‘So who is the most hated of the people to Allah (azwj)’ He (a.s.) said: ‘The one who accuses Allah (azwj)’. I said, ‘And (there is) one who accuses Allah (azwj)?’ The Imam (a.s.) said: ‘Yes. The one who asks for Allah (azwj)’s Choice, so He (azwj) Makes the goodness to come by what he dislikes, and he is angered, so that is an accuser to Allah (azwj)’.




عنه، عن النوقلى باسناده قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: من استخار الله فليوتر.


6. From him, from Al Nowfaly, by his chain, said, ‘Rasool-Allah (saww) said: ‘The one who asks for Allah (azwj)’s Choice (Istikhaara), so let him Pray’.




عنه، عن محمد بن عيسى، عن خلف بن حماد، عن إسحاق بن عمار، قال: قلت لابي عبد الله (ع): ربما أردت الامر تفرق نفسي على فرقتين، إحداهما تأمرني، والاخرى تنهانى، قال: إذا كنت كذلك فصل ركعتين واستخر الله مائة مرة، ثم انظر أعزم الامرين لك فافعله فان الخيرة فيه إن شاء الله، ولتكن استخارتك في عافية، فانه ربما خير للرجل في قطع يده، وموت ولده، وذهاب ماله.


7. From him, from Muhammad Bin Isa, from Khalaf Bin Hamaad, from Is’haq Bin Amaar who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah (a.s.), ‘Sometimes I intend for a matter, my soul gets divided into two sections – one of the two orders me (for it), and the other prevents me’. He (a.s.) said: ‘If it was like that, so Pray two Cycles and ask for Allah (azwj)’s Choice (Istikhaara) one hundred times. Then look at the greater of the two Commands for you, so do it. So if there is goodness therein, if Allah (azwj) so Desires, even if your Istikhaara is regarding good health, for sometimes it is better for the man in having his hand cut off, and the death of his son, and the going away of his wealth’.




عنه، عن على بن الحكم، عن أبا الاحمر، عن شهاب بن عبد ربه، عن أبى - عبد الله (ع) قال: كان أبى إذا أراد الاستخارة في الامر توضأ وصلى ركعتين، وإن كانت الخادمة تكلمه فيقول: سبحان الله ولا يتكلم حتى يفرغ.


8. From him, from Ali Bin Al Hakam, from Abu Al Ahmar, from Shahaab Bin Abd Rabbih, Abu Abdullah (a.s.) has said: ‘Whenever my (a.s.) father (a.s.) intended for Istikhaara regarding the matter, he (a.s.) would perform ablution and Pray two Cycles, and if it was that the servant spoke to him (a.s.), so he (a.s.) would be saying: ‘Glory be to Allah (azwj)’, and he (a.s.) would not speak until he (a.s.) was free’.