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The Istikhara from the heart; seeking advice from Allah (swt)

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    إذَا عَرَضَتْ لِأَ حَدِكُمْ حَاجَةٌ فَلْيَسْتَثِرِ اللهُ ربَّهُ فَإِنْ أَشَارَ عَلَيْهِ اتّبَعَ وَ إِنْ لَمْ يُشِرْ عَلَيْهِ تَوقَّفَ. قَالَ قُلْتُ: يَا سَيِّدِي وَ كَيْفَ أَعْلَمُ ذَلِكَ؟ قَالَ تَسْجُدُ عَقِيبَ الْمَكْتُوبَةِ وَ تَقُولُ أَللَّهُمَّ خِرلِي مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ ثُمَّ تَتَوَسَّلُ بِنَا وَ تُصَلَّي عَلَيْنَا تَسْتَثْفِعُ بِنَا ثُمَّ تَنْظُرُ مَا يُلْهِمُكَ تَفْعَلُهُ فَهُوَ الْذِي أَشَارعَلَيْكَ بهِ.

al‑Imam al‑Sadiq (as) "When any of you want something, you must seek council with Allah, your Lord (and act according to it). If He guides you to it, then perform the act; and if He does not guide you to it, then do not perform it. " A man questioned, "I said, O' Master! And how will we know this? " The Imam replied, "Go into Sajdah after your wajib Salat, and say the following one hundred times:

    أَللهُمَّ خِرْ لِي

"O' Allah, grant me what is best. "

Then, perform Tawassul to us (the Ahl al‑Bait) and send blessings upon us and take us as your intercessors. Then look at what is revealed (into your heart) and act according to it, and this is the seeking council with Him (Allah).9

Notes:

9. Amali Tusi, Volume 1, Page 281 / Wasa'il ash‑Shi'a, Volume 8, Page 74, Hadith 10114

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