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The method of `Seeking the Best' from Imam Musa ibn Jafar al‑Kazim (as)

    أَتَاهُ(مُو سَىَ بْنُ جَعْفِرِ عَليهِ السَلامْ ) فَقَال لَه:

    جَعِلْتُ فِدَاك أرِيدُ وَجْهَ كَذَا و كَذَا فَعَلَّمْنِي اسْتخَارَةً إنْ كَانَ ذَلِكَ الْوجْهُ خَيْرَةٌ أَنْ يُسَيَّرُهُ اللهُ لِي وَإِنْ كَانَ شَرّاً صَرَّفَهُ اللهُ عَنِّي. فَقَالَ لَهُ: وَتُحِّبُ أَنْ تَخْرُجُ فِي ذَالِك الْوجهِ؟ قَالَ الرَّجُلُ: نَعَمْ. قَالَ: قُلْ ((أَللَّهمَّ قَدِّرْ لِي كَذَا وَ كَذَا واجْعَلْهُ خيراً لِي. فَإِنَّك تَقْدِرُ عَلىَ ذَالِكَ.))

A man enter into the presence of him (Musa ibn Jafar (as)) and said to him, `May 1 be sacrificed for you! I want to perform a certain task. Please teach me the way to ask the best (from Allah) such that if in that work, there is good for me, that Allah makes it easy for me, and if there is bad in it for me, then Allah makes me turn away from it. The Imam (as) said to the man, "Do you want to do that task? " The man replied, "Yes. " The Imam replied, "Say the following (so that Allah makes what is good for you in the performance of that act):6

    أَللَّهُمَّ قَدِّرْ لِي كَذَا وَ كَذَا وَ اجْعَلْهُ خَيْراً لِي. فَإنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ عَلىَ ذَالِكَ.

"O' Allah! Decree for me this and this and place goodness in it for me, since verily You are the one who Decrees in this. "

Notes:

6. Qurb al‑Isnad, Page 300 / Bihar al‑Anwar, Volume 91, Page 260, Hadith 10

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