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The method of `Seeking the Best' as done by Amir al‑Mo'minin 'Ali (as)

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الْبَاقِرَ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    كَانَ أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِيِنَ(عَليهِ السَلامْ) يُصَلَّي رَكْعَتَيْنِ وَيَقُولُ فِي دُبْرِهِمَا ((أَسْتَخِيرُكَ اللهَ)) مَائَةَ مَرَّة ثُمَّ يَقُولُ: أَللهُمَّ إِنِّي قَدْ هَمَمْتَ بأَمْرٍ قَدْ عَلِمْتَهُ فَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّهُ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَ دُنْيَايَ وَ آخِرَتِي فَيَسِّرْهُ لِي. وَ إنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّهُ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَ دُنْيَايَ وَ آخِرَتِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي. كَرِهَتْ نَفْسِي ذَالِكَ أَمْ أَحَبَّتْ فَإِنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلاَّمُ الْغيُوبِ. ثُمَّ يَعْزِمُ.

al‑Imam al‑Baqir (as) narrated that: `Amir al‑Mo'minin (as), would pray a two rak'at Salat and once finished, would say;

    أَسْتَخِيرُكَ اللهَ

"I seek the best from Allah " one hundred times, and then say:

    أَللهُمَّ إِنِّي قَدْ هَمَمْتَ بأَمْرٍ قَدْ عَلِمْتَهُ فَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّهُ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَ دُنْيَايَ وَ آخِرَتِي فَيَسِّرْهُ لِي. وَ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّهُ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَ دُنْيَايَ وَ آخِرَتِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي. كَرِهَتْ نَفْسِي ذَالِكَ أَم أَحَبَّتْ فَإِنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلاَّمُ الْغُيُوبِ. ثُمَّ يَعْزِمُ.

"'O' Allah! 1 have intended to perform a task which You know. Thus, if you know that in it there is good for me in this world, in my religion and in the hereafter, then make it (that task) easy for me; and if you know that in it there is bad for me in this world, in my religion and in the hereafter, then let me turn away from that task; whether 1 detest that task or l love it, since You know (better than 1) and 1 do not know and You are the Knower of the Unseen. ' Then act according (to whatever you feel in your heart).”

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