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

    عَليهِ السَلامْ: قَالَ الإِمَامُ الْرِّضَا

    إِذَا أَرَدْتَ أَمْراً فَصَلِّ رَكْعَتَيْنِ وَاسْتَخِرِ اللهَ مِائَةَ مَرّةٍ وَمَا عُزِمَ لَكَ فَافْعلْ. وَقُلْ فِي دُعَائِكَ : ((لاَ إِلهَ إلأَ اللهُ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ. لاَ إلهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ الْحَلِيمُ الْكَرِيِمُ. رَبِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلِيِّ خِرْ لِي فِي أَمْرِي الدُّنْيَا وَالأَخِرَةً خَيْرَةً مِنْ عِنْدِكَ مَا لَكَ فِيهِ رِضاً وَلِي فِيهِ صَلاٌحٌ فِي خَيْرٍ وَعَافِيةٍ. يَا ذَالْمَنِّ وَالطْول.))

al‑Imam al‑Rida (as) said: "When you intend to do something, pray a two Rak'at Salat and seek the best from Allah one hundred times, then whatever is stronger (in your heart), perform that. In your supplication, recite:

    ((لاَإِلهَ إلأَ اللهُ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ. لاَ إلهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ الْحَلِيمُ الْكَرِيِمُ. رَبِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلِيِّ خِرْ لِي فِي أَمْرِي الدُّنْيَا وَالأَخِرَةً خَيْرَةً مِنْ عِنْدِكَ مَا لَكَ فِيهِ رِضاً وَلِي فِيهِ صَلاٌحٌ فِي خَيْرٍ وَعَافِيةٍ. يَا ذَالْمَنِّ وَالطْول.))

`There is no god except Allah, the Highest, the Greatest. There is no god except Allah, the Patient, the Noble. The Lord of Muhammad and 'Ali! Grant me the best in my action for this world and for the next world, the best from Yourself, that in which Your pleasure lies in and which is good for me for the goodness of the next world. O' possessor of Blessings and Mercy! " 11

Notes:

11. Fiqh al‑Rida, Page 152 / Man La Yahdhurua `l‑Faqih, Volume 1, Page 356 / al­-Maqnah, Page 49

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