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Istikhara: As Taught by the Ahl al‑Bait

    اَلإمَامُ الْباقِرُ{ عَليهِ السَّلامْ }:

    كُنَّا نَتَعَلَّمُ الإسْتِخَارَةَ كَمَا نَتَعَاَّمُ السُّورَةَ مِنْ اللهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ.

al‑Imam al‑Baqir (‘as), said: "We (the Ahl al‑Bait) teach the method of Istikhara (asking Allah for what is best) just as we teach the Surahs of the Book of Allah, the Glorious and the High. " 5

In reality, the Istikhara or asking the best from Allah is a type of spiritual link or connection and request of one's needs from the humble servant to the Needless and Self‑Existing Creator.

The supplications and requesting what is best ‑ both before and during all acts, establishes a deep and continuous relationship between the servant of Allah ‑ who is always in need of help, and his needless Master.

This is the type of Istikhara that has been emphasized by the A'immah of the Ahl al‑Bait , and was part of their natural disposition (fitrah).

The Istikhara with the Tasbih beads and the Qur'an is the final step after one still entertains doubts and uncertainty in his mind and should only be done after seeking the best from Allah , thinking, weighing out the pros and cons, and requesting advice from others.

Notes:

5. Wasa'il ash‑Shia, Volume 7, Page 66, Hadith 10101

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