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The Supplication for `Seeking the Best' and the Number of Times to Recite it


    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    مَا اسْتخَارَ اللهَ عَبْدٌ سَبْعِينَ مَرَّةً بهَذِهِ الإِسْتِخَارَةِ إِلاَّ رَمَاهُ اللهُ بِالْخِيَرَةِ يَقُولُ: ((يَا أَبْصَرَ النَّاظِرِينَ وَيَاأَسْرَعَ الحَاسِبِينَ وَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ وَ يَا أَحْكَمَ الْحاكِمِينَ صَلٌ عَلىَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتَهِ وَ خَرْلِي فِي الأَمْرِ الَّذِي أَرَدْتُ.))

al‑Imam al‑Sadiq (as), said: "No servant asks Allah for the best seventy times in this method except that Allah gives him what is best ‑ and he should say:

    يَا أَبْصَرَ النَّاظِرِينَ وَ يَأَ أَسْمَعَ السَّامِعِينَ وَ يَا أَسْرَعَ الْحَاسِبِينَ وَيَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيـنَ وَ أَحْكَمَ الْحَاكِمِينَ صَلَّ عَلىَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ وَ خَرْلِي فِي الأَمْرِ الَّذِي أَرَدْتُ.

"O' the best Seer of Seers and O' the best Hearer of Hearers and O' the Quickest of Reckoners and O' the Most Merciful and O' the Judge of Judges! Send your blessings on Muhammad and his family and grant me the best in the action which 1 have intended to perform. "2

Notes:

2.  Man La Yahdhur al‑Faqih, Volume 1, Page 536 / Tahdhib al‑Ahkam, Volume 3, Page 182

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