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The Trust of the Imams in the Outcome of an Istikhara

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    مَا اُبَالِي إِذاَ إِسْتَخَرْتُ اللهَ أَيَّ طَرَفِي وَقَعَتْ.

al‑Imam al‑Sadiq (‘as) said: "It does not matter to me that when I seek the best from Allah, which way it falls (whether it results in ease for me, or causes me difficulties)." 1

The true believer has no doubt that Allah, the Glorious, only wants the very best (for His servants). He knows that Allah (swt) is the endless ocean of Mercy and that it is far from His glory that His servant calls upon Him and asks for the best, and He makes him wait.

From another angle, the true believer has a firm belief that Allah has the power to open up one's path to prosperity and ease.

The true believer knows and understands that what is good for him does not always lie in ease and comfort; and sometimes, it is possible that what is truly good for him may be in observing patience and enduring trials and tribulations.

In light of the three points mentioned above, after the true believer supplicates and sincerely asks for the best from Allah , he must not despair or become disheartened. Whatever actions he performs afterwards must be discharged with complete satisfaction and conviction of the heart.

Notes:

1. Bihar al‑Anwar, Volume 91, Page 223, Hadith 330

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