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Failure in One's Actions

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    يَقُولُ اللهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ ((مِنْ شِقَاءِ عَبْدِي أنْ يَعْمَلَ الأَعْمَالَ وَ لاَ يَسْتَخِيرُ بِي.))

al‑Imam al‑Sadiq (‘as) said that Allah, the Glorious and High has said: "Of the reasons for the misfortune of My servant is that he performs an action but does not seek the best from Me. " 1

The meaning of seeking the best which has been recommended to be done before all tasks as has been mentioned in the above Hadith, which if not performed will lead one to misfortune, is simply asking for the best from Allah.

It is the simple task of saying, `O' Allah guide us to whatever you deem is best and whatever your pleasure lies in' that one can achieve this mental state. This can grant us prosperity in our works.

Notes:

1. Bihar al‑Anwar, Volume 91, Page 222, Hadith 126

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