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Seeking the Best' by Asking Others for Advice

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    إذَا أَرَادَ أَحَدُكُمْ أَمْراً فَلاَ يُشَاوِرُ فِيهِ أَحَداً مِنَ النَّاسِ حَتَّىَ يَبْدَأَ فَيُشَاوِرُ اللهَ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىَ...تَبْتَدِاُ فَتَسْخِيْرُ اللهَ فِيهِ أَوَّلاً ثُمَّ تُشَاوِرُ فِيهِ فَإِذَا بدَا بِاالله أَجْرَى لَهُ الْخَيْرَةَ عَلىَ لِسَانِ مَنْ خَلْقٍ.

al‑Imam al‑Sadiq (as) said: `Any time one of you wishes to do something, then do not ask the advice of anyone until you ask advice from Allah, the Glorious and Most High... (in such a way that) you initially start out by asking Allah for the best in that (act) and then you take advice from others in that action; thus, since you have first asked Allah for what is best, then He will have whatever is best for you come out from the mouth of whosoever of His creations that He pleases. "12

Notes:

12. Maa'ni al‑Akhbar, Page 144 and 145 / Mahasin Barqi, Page 598 / Man La Yahdhura `1‑Faqih, Volume 1, Page 355, Hadith 1553 ; al‑Maqnah, Page 36

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