What You Need To Know About Istikarah
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Alhamdulillah Hello Bill Alameen wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah while early he also be
All Praise and thanks belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala have made the peace and blessing of Allah be upon His servant and final messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam
as to what follows My dear respected brothers in Islam. What I wanted to share with you this morning is a practice that the newbie sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us
and that is
solid istikhara What do I call is the hall.
This is a supplication that interview sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us in which whenever a person is confused, and wants guidance on a certain matter,
then he seeks guidance from Allah subhanho wa Taala through these words that interview sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught
and it is very important that we study this matter, and we understand it, and most importantly, practice it in our life, especially in this day and age that we live in this day and age of advancement, technology, information,
a person might get carried away to think that I can get my guidance from many people, I can get my guidance from research that is out there from information that is out there. And he slowly slowly drifts away from seeking guidance from Allah subhanho wa taala. Because this is a day and age of information, there is an abundance of information, you go to a consultant, for example, pay him a certain amount, and you ask about the matter and you get their answer and based on that you make a decision
realizing that you have abandoned so that is the horror in your life. So the idea is we want to revive the Sunnah in our life. And we need to understand when it is practiced, and the words of
the horror so that we are more connected with this worship. There is no doubt that solitude is the hall or by consensus of an older man. It is a recommended matter. And that is due to the hadith of Shabbat even Abdullah Ali Allahu Anhu. In where he said, cannot assault Allah is Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam. You are liminal is to follow the film more equally. Have you ever read the Allahu Anhu he said that in the vehcile Allahu alayhi wa sallam used to teach us and it's the Hara. In all our matters, all worldly related matters. Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would teach us a list of Hora Kana, your Illumina Surah terminal Quran in the very same manner, He will teach us a solar from the
Quran, see the importance and into you all know the importance of the Quran and the relationship a person is supposed to have with the Quran, and that we read on a daily basis. He used to teach them the words of the istikhara in the same manner he would teach them the Quran. In a match how close Salah tell is the color is supposed to lead to the believer in the same manner the Quran is close to him. And notice here the Jebel the Allahu Anhu he said, You are limoneira He used to teach us with Taleem learning something doesn't only mean to memorize its words, and to say it
an enemy knowledge would mean to memorize the words, to know the words and most importantly to understand that which you are saying, that's a Taleem so when the visa Allahu alayhi wa sallam would not only teach them the words, but the meanings of these of gout, and one of them is the is the Hora and this is where a person would connect to this da when he understands that which it is referring to.
Before Alyssa Hora was taught to omit the NABI sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, how did the people used to seek their guidance? How did that used to happen? They used to be a means, way before the istikhara.
They used to do something that is closer to magic. And that is a debris year.
They used to have birds and they used to release the birds. If the bird flew left, meaning we're not going to go ahead with that which we
making a decision about.
This was a means in how
They used to make a decision about a certain matter put birds and see which direction they fly if they fly towards the right, meaning let's go ahead with this matter that we want these to also do something known as an East Sam will build Islam. And this is mentioned in the Quran is the example Islam, they would have a quiver and they would have three arrows within it. One arrow is read as an honored employee, the other one LED humbly and the third one is empty, nothing is written.
And then the one that is seeking
guidance on a certain matter will close his eyes and he will choose an arrow. If it says in the meaning proceed go ahead with the matter. If it says lead humbly, meaning don't go ahead with the matter. And if he takes out the one that is empty and nothing read an author on it, then they would repeat this process again. This was the type of istikhara they used to practice before Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us what I'm about to share with you.
Allah azza wa jal in the Quran, he forbid and it's the thermal Bill Islam as in Surah, Allah either, so this matter and everything else is forbidden. And the only thing that remained is is the hora. Of course will Isadora and we'll speak about that.
So Nabi SallAllahu, alayhi wa sallam he said, either Bill Amory filioque ah like I think any mineral fairy Abba, Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, If any one of you was concerned with a certain matter, he wants to make a decision about a certain matter. Let's say he wants to travel. And so he's now confused. Should I travel to this destination or not? He wants to get married to the certain person, should I get married to her? Or should I get married to him? If this was a woman or not? This is a huge matter. He wants to open a business. Should I open this business or not? He wants to invest in an existing business. Should I do so or not? There's a surgery that is required.
Should I go ahead with the surgery or not? Yanni, there's many things in the day and the night of a person in which they are bigger decisions, bigger than the normal matters that he has in life that he is confused with. And he needs guidance upon them. These are the very same matters that intervene sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will teach us to seek Allah's guidance. Will is the hora. It comes from the word Higher, higher means goodness, Will is the Alif or the Hamza seen that it means to seek to seek something like it's still far, meaning to seek forgiveness is still Byom meaning to seek food is the whole meaning to seek the goodness from Allah subhanho wa Taala that's what it means. So now
you're concerned about a certain matter. Now you want to perform solid istikhara so when the visa Allah wa sallam said failure GABA Cantini monoidal variable, pre Tula God, other than the fourth pray, so now, the recommendation is to pray to like, what is supposed to be recited in the to regard nothing specific was mentioned. Some earlier Matt mentioned that the first thought you recite Surah Al Kaffee rune after al Fatiha and in the second knockout, he recites all at the loss after so little further, but there is absolutely no proof for this. And they only said this because it comes in line with all or many of the voluntary prayers in which interview sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
recommended least to swore to be recited like the Sunnah of invasion or the Sunnah of Al Maghrib. After
also, later, also the tools that come after above. So Nabi SallAllahu, alayhi wa sallam recommended these two SWAT in many occasions. So they said that also it is recommended in this manner, but the reality is that there is nothing recommended you can recite whatever you like in these two are quiet
and these two like I like any other solid you will make will do face to table and pray. And you're not allowed to pray in times in which a sonnet is forbidden such as after selecting fissure a bull time exactly when the sun is right in the middle of the sky and just before that 10 minutes before the hub This is a forbidden time to pray and after salata and also until Alma, to vivid in time to pray, and so solid is the Hora would be forbidden to pray it during the times in which the prayer is forbidden to pray except
If a person had a situation and he required a decision on it and he wanted to seek Allah's guidance and he needs to make a decision within that prohibited time, it is only in that case where we say you can pray solid that is the coroner issue. So let's say it is after solid till Fraser and he needs to make the decision before sunrise. He cannot delay it. So we say pray Salatin is the hotline is forbidden time, and there is no problem. Now of course, if a woman is upon her periods, let's say and she needed to make solid realistic horror, then she may do so without the solid just by saying the words this is wood all this would be in the case of a woman now
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if a person recited dua list the harder it is to shoot in a full solid in his sujood would that qualify to be a solid list? The harder we say no, he just made the list the harder and this is not solid and it's the harder right so these are matters to pay attention to. Can a person combine a sunnah pray with Salah till istikhara. So let's say he's praying sunnah television, but he wants to combine that with the intention of solid that is the horror as well. We say in this case, that it is permissible, no problems to do so. But it is better to single out solid that is the color and separated from any other voluntary pray, pray to Allah God. And that's it. Don't mix it with
anything else. That's the recommendation. Then and maybe some Allahu Allah, you know Salam said, through money Apple,
after praying to a God, then say
this summer, is an indication that denial is the horror comes after concluding the tour guide. Once you finished and made a Tasneem on to the right one to the left, you've completely finished a solid. Now you make dua at least Hold on while you're still sitting in your position. And of course, what is recommended is that you raise your hand because you are outside of a solid and generally, there is a recommendation of raising your hands.
There are opinions that mentioned a person may do do it is the hoarder just before he concludes a solid after he's made a diet and he's finished just before he says a Salam aleikum, wa Rahmatullah. He stays in that position. And he begins with dial is the Hora and then he makes the slim in that case, if a person is going to do the wireless, they have at the end of a solid, you don't raise your hand, obviously, because you're in solid, and you keep your hands on you're fine. Fine your knee now, but we're seeing that a lot. Mm hmm. Allah would take from the word familia con, meaning after a solid has been concluded. So now you've prayed to like you're sitting, and you've raised your
hand, and you begin with Tuan is the hora. This da, we said, the best way to do it, is to stick to its words, and to memorize it, and to see it from memory. That's the first best option. If you don't memorize it, or you haven't memorized it, or that's difficult. Second best option is to have it written in front of you. And you can read it from a piece of paper or the phone or whatever it is. If you cannot read Arabic,
and you haven't memorized it, the third option would be to say it, let's say in English, if you can say it in English, say it in English. Let's say you have no paper. Well, you don't know what in English, you haven't memorized that. And the matter is urgent. In this case, you do the same to look at and afterwards. Do you see any words that you are seeking Allah's associate is guidance on a certain manner, any words that bring that type of meaning, but that's the last option. The best option is to memorize, to memorize like you memorize a surah from the Quran, and you stick to these words. So whenever he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, familia Allahumma inni as the Hebrew cabbie
l mc. That's the first part Oh Allah, I see guidance through your knowledge, that huge from the very beginning.
You are acknowledging that all knowledge belongs to Allah has social and that Allah azza wa jal his knowledge is encompassed all things and all matters. And so you are a sleeve that is in desperate need of guidance from Allah azza wa jal is knowledge in Israel.
As part Allahumma, India stuffy ruca BL MC, there is humility. And there is an acknowledgement from the servant, that no one knows the reality of matters except Allah subhanahu wata is the one who performs on ITIL is the Hora is the person who is convinced uncertain about the name of Allah Allah Aleem.
The one who abandoned solid is the Hora and doesn't rush to this as a first result, he has deficiency in the belief in Allah's name and
this is why this is important. It solidifies and strengthens your Eman in the Name of Allah, Allah Allah in the Name of Allah, the All Knowing, so Allah Romania is the hero, Cadbury MC, I am seeking guidance through your knowledge and not through anyone else's knowledge.
Who by the way, you know, I said to you this to process these two steps here is something known as istikhara. Will istikhara and St. Sharla is to seek guidance from people will istikhara is to seek guidance from Allah. So which one do we put first? Do we see the people's guidance or Allah azza wa jal is guidance at the beginning. Yeah, and let's say I wanted to open a business.
Do I go to the people that are experts in that field in that business and ask them what is your opinion? What is your opinion? What's your opinion, once they've given me their opinion, and I'm closer to making a decision then I make an SD hora, Allah Melba mo Mala they say, it is better to put a list horror first, to make an SD horror first, and then to seek the counsel of people to seek their advice. And there is no problem at all, to seek the people's advice first, and then to do so that there is the horror afterwards. There is no issue because seeking the people's advice is a means is a means and the means are permissible. The means taking by Halal means is permissible in
Islam. And there is no basis to what some of the Sufis say that whoever practices at least the shadow is the horn of luck. They say that anyone who practices these two matters at one given time, seeking people's guidance and Allah's guidance through solid till istikhara then he is committed a Sheikh Muhammad Allah, there is no basis basis to this matter. And there is no problem for a person to seek the guidance of people. That's just a means. So you can do that first and then solid istikhara but it's better to do solid is the horror first. And then to seek the people's guidance on a certain matter.
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And I seek your power through your might.
You only I'm seeking your power and your ability over my affairs and matters. Because if left alone, I am weak. I am poor. I am confused. I misguided.
Sorry, I'm seeking your power. I'm seeking your strength. You give me the ability over making a decision on the certain matter that is ahead of me in life. Step zero can be put the rhotic was an upcoming public of him. And I implore you and beg you and ask you, from your tremendous fevers from your Greek fevers, bestow upon me goodness, bestow upon me fevers and blessings. This is now a person asking from Allah subhanho wa Taala is famous for INEC. Atak doodle Wallah academic shows now the humility and the acknowledgement for indica taqdeer you're the one that is able, you're able and you have capability over every matter and I have nothing zero what are their shoes now, as though a
personality is clinging on to the Mercy of Allah azza wa jal that we found to Allah I don't have ability to make a decision on anything in life in Nakata clear what our what our lemma what I am, and it is only you who knows and has knowledge, insight outside knowledge of the reality of every matter and slowly while Anam I don't know Yanni nothing zero. Your knowledge compared to other people might be something you might say a lot I have more knowledge than this person. But your knowledge when it's compared to Allah, any zero, nothing left Harlem that's how Allah azza wa jal described us when we first came out
Allah, Allah Allah Raja nimbu neomatik Leta Allah Munna che, Allah azza wa jal brought you out from the bellies of your mothers, and you don't know anything.
Allahu Allahu wa and Tom let Allah Moon zero. So of course, you have to seek ALLAH socials guidance, you don't know. And no one knows. What are Allahu wa irlam These words are supposed to give you confidence.
And they are supposed to Yanni make you grateful to Allah azza wa jal that he guided you to these words, and that you are seeking guidance from the ultimate source, Allah subhanho wa taala, one to Allah on who you are. And you are the Knower of the unseen.
You are the Knower of the unseen, then you see, when you want to take by a certain matter in life,
there are matters that are unseen to me, the only reason you're confused is because you don't know the outcome. The outcome is not clear. It is unseen. From your perspective. So should I do this operation or not? Then you're confused because you don't know. There's something unseen and hidden in the matter, how's the outcome going to be? How's the result going to be? So you say, Well, I'm done level up. This is why you're seeking Allah's guidance. Because he knows the Unseen. He knows the result, he knows the outcome of this matter. If it is good for you, then you're asking Allah. Let me go ahead with it. Give me the direction and the guidance to it.
Then you see,
and we'll speak about the result of and it's the horror and how is how is a person supposed to move on with the matter after this?
Among men, koonta Lemma and Neville Amal, how you will leave it in your dunya
how you will leave he dini. When is she? Why are pivetta Emery. Now you say Oh Allah, if you know that this matter, you don't say this matter, you will say what your matter is. You say Oh Allah, if you know that this surgery is better for me
concerning my faith, and my worldly affairs, and my hereafter
waiting for your pseudo holy from barbarically fee for clear holy * dude holy was slowly from a radically fee, then decree it for me make it happen, where Cyril holy facilitate, make it easy for me. And then bless it for me.
Look, this part here is the most important part because this is now the actual is the hurdle. You're saying, Oh Allah, if this particular matter, and you name the matter is good for me. concerning my faith. That's the first thing you see. concerning my faith. Is this good for him? And is it good for my relationship with Allah? That's the first thing you say. Because if your faith is destroyed, there's nothing. There's no goodness in anything else that's going right for you in life. If it's good for my team, then if it's good for my worldly affairs, my worldly matters, if it's good for my financials, if it's good for my family, if it's good for everything else. And if it's good for my
afterlife, is this going to be a witness for me on the day of judgment? Or is it going to be a witness against me on the day of judgment? If this matter is good for my Deen, it's healthy for my relationship with Allah doesn't damage it. And it's good for my worldly affairs and for my afterlife. Duly, then, Oh Allah decree it for me. Why a silly and make it easy for me from the very cliffie and place lots of Baraka within it.
Then you will see we're in Quinta Alamo Anna has an armor, Sharon Lee. And if you know this matter, you repeat the matter if you know that this matter is harmful for me. It is evil for me shallow li fi Dini, in my faith, and it is is going to impact my faith in a negative manner.
masala and you're making the whole about the business. And you're saying Oh Allah, if this is going to be bad for my Deen in where I'm going to start skipping solid? Why I'm going to skip obligations and so on. If it's bad for my Deen when I actually and my worldly matters, my financials and so on. Why are Kubota Emery and my afterlife? This is gonna be bad for me in all sense. Then.
For sorry for Annie. Keep it away from me. Yes.
referral, meaning move it away from me, was swiftly on who? And move me away from it. That this wording here, there is emphasis in the type of distance you want from this matter. Sorry for me, keep it away from me. What's the diff near and what moves me away from it, meaning create a huge distance between me and it make it unaccessible for me.
Walk do Li and higher, high, frequent. And then you ending off the bar by saying and decree for me, goodness, wherever I may be. Because this is ultimately what the servant wants. You don't want what you think is good for you. You want what Allah azza wa jal knows is good for you. That will not happen if you don't ask him. What's Allah and fugly and Allah says, ask Allah for his virtue and bounty and favors. And then at the end, you will see thummell Beanie Baby and then give me contentment with this Mata. And they said huge word, an important word there. Because some people
they do a list of Hara and then they just break the doors to get to whatever they want. Not responding to the outcome of a list of horror which I'll share with you. But it is the morbidity. That's the main thing. If Allah azza wa jal wants to make it easy for you, then Oh Allah, give me acceptance in my heart that I'm content and pleased with your cuddle. And if it doesn't happen, and it's not from minus three, it's not from my decree, thing give me contentment, that I don't become sad and upset that the opportunity has been lost. Give me contentment. And that is the case of the believer. He is to be content with every matter that Allah azza wa jal decrees for him. So now we've
said or at least you've said it once. And you have finished.
What do we do now?
See, the result of an SD Hora has nothing to do with dreams. That's what's common among people. I did this the horror I slept by so this dream, should I go ahead or not? Hey, that has nothing to do with the responsibility, horror, feelings. I feel a certain way in my heart. And that has nothing to do with istikhara. I feel that I'm supposed to proceed with the matter. Well, I feel uncomfortable. Heather has nothing to do with religion at all.
If you feel uncomfortable within your heart, why are you doing this to her to begin with. And istikhara is once you've made a decision on a matter, just before you go ahead, you make solid istikhara and then immediately get up and you proceed. That's how you respond to the call. Immediately after it you get up and you proceed with the matter. If it's a surgery, get up and do it. If it is a business, go ahead and do it. If it's an investment, go ahead and do it. If it's a travel, go ahead and do feature marriage, go ahead. The thing is here, once you start walking towards this matter, if things become difficult.
Now the path to that thing becomes difficult and rigid and rough. You can't get there anymore. is being blocked is being delayed.
Hello, that means there's no goodness in this turn away from it.
But if it's easy, facilitated for you smooth comfort, you get to Yanni beyond what you expected and it's made easy.
That's the goodness house monitor. This is what Allah azza wa jal wanted for you as a good matter. That's how we respond to realistic order. No feelings and no dreams. It's even dreams of course they're an important part in life. But learn about him home Allah they say you never base a decision or make a decision based on a dream. Dreams are more like Yanni comforts, reassurance to a person giving him good news Glad Tidings as a Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to guys you wish more men that's what dreams are like they're a push a motivation and encouragement to do good and so on. And if you saw a good dream from Allah azza wa jal, but there is no such thing as a no to take
guidance from a dream. It's a guidance from the Quran from the Sunnah of Salah is the hara and things like this by
cancelable is too hot to be repeated. That's another question.
Well, the correct opinion here is that yes, if a person is still doubtful and hesitant, doesn't want to do that step. He can repeat Salatin is the horror.
Even if he's not doubtful or hesitant, he can pray one solid that is the horror. Another one, a third one no problems with delete for this is the incident in the world.
of our beloved newspaper of the Allahu anhu, our beloved Noah's Zubaydah at this time, and kava was damaged. So he wanted to destroy it and rebuild it upon the foundations of Ibrahim, because the cover its essence its foundation is upon the foundations of Ibrahim. It since then it hasn't moved a millimeter to the left nor to the right. Once it McCowan Quraysh wanted to move the foundation's the entire grounds of Medina short of Mecca shook. No one's allowed to change the foundation, where the Kaaba is right now is exactly where it is from the day Allah azza wa jal ordered and commanded for it to be built. So, Abdullah Zubayr, he said to the people, what do you think he's taking their
opinion? I want to demolish the Kaaba and rebuild a strong. They said to him, don't do that. They said the NABI sallallahu alayhi wa sallam died, and the Kaaba was exactly in the same manner. So don't touch it. Don't add a brick, don't remove a brick. So he got angry and upset. He said to them Allah. If any one of us house was destroyed, you renovate it, and you will fix it. And this is the house of Allah, Allah azza wa jal. So he said to them, we're in the Mustafi urine fella,
Fenner of Luffy. Emery, he said to them, and I'm going to do an istikhara three times, and then I'll take a decision on the matter. And he's saying this in front of Sahaba. And no one refuted him. No one condemned him for this practice and they say, therefore, we learn from this that a person can repeat salah is the Hora, no problems. At least the Hora is a DA and generally what is recommended with Da is repetition. So there is no issue concerning this matter. This is the end of our lesson.
It is good now to take what you have heard and put into practice in every matter that comes in life, whether you feel like you need to do an SD holder or not. When it is big matters like this. Make a nice decoder for them. And you can do so either before the SD shot or seeking the Council of the people afterwards as we mentioned, Allahu Allah We ask Allah azza wa jal to accept from us all ask him subhanho wa Taala to forgive our sins and our shortcomings. It normally will be called Tada rally or SallAllahu wasallam Opelika ala Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Ashima