Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The chapter of the meaning of consulting Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا محمد بن أبي القاسم ماجيلويه، عن محمد بن علي الكوفي، عن عثمان بن عيسى، عن هارون بن خارجة، قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: إذا أراد أحدكم أمرا فلا يشاورن. فيه أحدا من الناس حتى يشاور الله عز وجل قلت: وما مشاورة الله عز وجل؟ فقال: يبدء فيستخير الله فيه أولا ثم يشاور فيه فإذا بدء بالله عز وجل أجرى الله له الخيرة على لسان من أحب من الخلق.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Abi’l-Qasim Majilawayh, from Muhammed bin Ali al-Kufi, from Uthman bin Isa, from Harun bin Kharija, that he said: I heard Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, say: If one of you wants a thing, let him, verily, not consult anyone of the people about it until he consults Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He. I said: And what is consulting Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He? So he said: That he begins by invoking Allah for guidance in it at first, and then he would consult about it. If he begins with Allah, then Allah, Exalted and Glorious, will make good flow to him on the tongue of whom He likes among the creation.