Istikhara is a means of seeking guidance from Allah when faced with making a decision that one may be unsure about. “Should I, or shouldn’t I.. Will I regret making this decision?”. Who better to ask than Allah? You will definitely know that you have made the right decision when the direction has come from Allah Almighty as a result of your supplications.
The description of Salaat al-Istikhaarah was reported by Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Salami (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said:
“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Qur’aan.
He said: ‘If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two rak’ahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:
Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa laa a’lam, wa anta ‘allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma fa in kunta ta’lamu haadha’l-amra (then the matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li fi ‘aajil amri wa aajilihi (or: fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri (or: fi ‘aajili amri wa aajilihi) fasrifni ‘anhu [wasrafhu ‘anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma radini bihi
(O Allaah, I seek Your guidance [in making a choice] by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allaah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (then it should be mentioned by name) is good for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (or: in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: for me both in this world and the next), then turn me away from it, [and turn it away from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.”
(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6841; similar reports are also recorded by al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad).
Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest • [surah Ar Ra’d: 28] •
The tranquility of hearts and obedience to Allah go in hand in hand. If you loose one you loose the other as well.
He should be in our minds and heart all day long, in every situation, in every phase of our life.
His remembrance also means to thank Him with love, gratitude, and servant-hood. To obey Him, to follow His commandments in all our affairs and by doing each and everything that Allah loves and wants us to do.
That is the key to eternal bliss in this world and the hereafter.
“Imagine… sitting with your spouse in Jannah. And then deciding what the plans would be for that day…
Should we go outside, sit on our thrones, with waterfalls of milk and honey flowing beneath us? And enjoy a cup of Jannah wine, while smelling the sweet scent of Jannah musk?
Should we go to the souq, the market place, and meet all of our old friends that we used to kick it off with in the dunya, and talk about what dunya was like, and how we all made it here, and how Allah (swt) bestowed His favor upon us?
And then your spouse says, you know what, how about we go visit the Prophet (ﷺ) today. And so you and your spouse, go hands in hand, walking towards the house of the Prophet (ﷺ)
You pass by the homes of Talha and Zubair (ra) and you say salaam to them. And then you go and knock on the door of the Prophet (ﷺ) in Jannah.
And lo and behold, Rasulullah (ﷺ) opens, with a big smile on his face, and says Ahlan wa Marhaban, Welcome, and embraces you.
And invites you to sit inside his home, in his noble living room, and sits right across from you and asks you if would like a cup of Jannah tea.
And you sit in the home of the Prophet (ﷺ) and Rasulullah (ﷺ) gives you a cup of tea. And he sits infront of you and gives you his undivided attention.
Imagine what that discussion would be like…what would you tell him? what would you ask him?
Would you tell him about your favorite moment in the seerah? Or would you ask him what Taif was really like? and how he still managed to remember us, as the blood spilled from his noble face?
But in Jannah, there are no more tears and no more fears. Just the sweetness of success and sacrifices.
Imagine him (ﷺ) telling you an inside joke between him and Aisha (ra)? Or the time he (ﷺ) caught Anas (ra) playing with kids, instead of running errands?
What if Rasulullah (ﷺ) told you how he remembered YOU, or how he knew YOUR name, and longed for the moment he would meet YOU?
What if Rasulullah (ﷺ) told you, that I remember when your salam reached me, and I answered Walaykumusalam so and so.
What if, at the end of that conversation, the Prophet (ﷺ) extended his hand and offered you a sip of water, after which again you would never feel thirst, not physically nor spiritually.
For the only sight more noble and beautiful than the face of Muhammad (ﷺ), is the face of the Lord of Muhammad (ﷺ), and the Lord of you.
And for that, all you have to do is look up…and you will see Allah (swt)…
Because in Al Firdos, you will never be left to imagine again.