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Method of Imam Jafar al‑Sadiq (as)

    قَالَ الإِمَامُ الصَّادِقُ عَليهِ السَلامْ:

    إِذا أَرَدْتَ الإِسْتِخَارَةَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ الْعزِيزِ فَقُلْ بَعْدَ الْبَسْمَلَةِ: ((إِنْ كَانَ فِي قَضَائِكَ وَقَدَرِكَ أَنْ نَمُنَّ عَلىَ شِيْعَةِ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ بِفَرَجِ وَلِيِّكَ وَ حُجَّتِكَ عَلىَ خَلْقِكَ فَأَخْرُجْ إِلَيْنَا أَيَةً مِنْ كِتَابِكَ نَسْتَدِلُّ بِهَا عَلىَ ذَالِكَ.)) ثُمَّ تَفْتَحُ الْمُصْحَفِ وَتَعُدُّ سِتَّ وَرَقَاتٍ وَمِنَ السَّابِعَةِ سِتَّةَ أَسْطُرٍ وَتَنْظُرُ مَا فِيهِ.

al‑Imam al‑Sadiq (as) said: `If you intend to perform the Istikhara from The Noble Book (Qur’an), then say:

    إِنْ كَانَ فِي قَضَائِكَ وَقَدَرِكَ أَنْ نَمُنَّ عَلىَ شِيْعَةِ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ بِفَرَجِ وَلِيِّكَ وَ حُجَّتِكَ عَلىَ خَلْقِكَ فَأَخْرُجْ إِلَيْنَا أَيَةً مِنْ كِتَابِكَ نَسْتَدِلّ بِهَا عَلىَ ذَالِكَ.

`In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. (O' Allah!) If in your plan and destiny which you have bestowed on the Shi'a of the family of Muhammad with the speedy return of Your Guardian and Representative over Your creations, then show us a verse from Your Book that will guide us to it (that which is good).'

Then, open the book (Qur’an) and go forward six pages and on the seventh page, look at the sixth line, and take (act upon) what is in that verse. " 15

By no means does the Istikhara by the Qur'an or with the Tasbih beads, even after following the etiquette and all of the prerequisites, prevent one from using his brain or reasoning and seeking advice from others. This is also not `future‑telling'.

Rather, if after one has thought about the task that one wants to perform, has weighed the pros and cons and has taken advice from others and is still in doubt, then at this point, these types of Istikharas comes into play.

Notes:

15. Bihar al‑Anwar, Volume 91, Page 246

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