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Istikhara by the Qur’an, not by augury (future telling)

Adapted from: "Istikhara: Seeking the Best from Allah (swt)" by: "Muhammad Baqir Haideri"

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    لا تَتَاَفَأَلْ بِالْقُرآنِ.

al‑Imam Jafar al‑Sadiq (as) said: "Do not perform the augury by the Qur'an. "

The meaning of performing the augury by the Qur'an (in the above Hadith) which has been forbidden is to seek the knowledge of the unseen, foretelling future events, and trying to find out the outcome of actions that one will perform in the future.

However, seeking the best by the Qur'an which has even been emphasized in the Holy Book, in reality, is just to remove doubt and uncertainty and to guide the person to choose one of two paths (either to perform or refrain from a certain act).

In addition, one must pay close attention to the fact that in no instance should the Istikhara ‑ be it by the Qur' an, the Tasbih beads, or papers – be performed before using one's own God‑given intelligence or asking others for advice and guidance. These three types of Istikhara do not specify one's responsibility, rather, they just guide a person and remove the doubt and uncertainty from one's mind, that too after the person has thought about the task, asked advice from others and is still at a dead end.

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