Omar Suleiman – A Dua Away #02 How To Truly Perform Istikharah

Omar Suleiman
AI: Summary © The importance of trusting in Allah's power and the relationship between his teachings and reality is emphasized. The process of seeking guidance and finding the right way after doing everything is emphasized. Prayer for guidance and advice is crucial, especially when praying for the creator's second-rates. Consciously praying for the creation and guidance of the creator is crucial, especially when praying for the second-rates. Consciously praying for the creator's deeds and deeds has a positive impact on one's life and deeds. Finally, positive feedback and guidance for future actions are emphasized.
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Trusting in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala doesn't just

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mean trusting in his power.

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But it also means trusting in his wisdom.

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And sometimes that's a lot harder to do

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with your dua.

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So sometimes

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you might feel like you know exactly what

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you want and you're looking for the perfect

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way to ask for

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it, but part of that relationship of trust

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with Allah

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is that you actually want Him to give

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you what's best for you even if that

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contradicts what you so desperately are asking for

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initially.

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Jabir ibn Abila

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is a young man who struggled immensely in

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the time of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa

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sallam. His father is killed in Uhud and

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Jabir radiAllahu ta'ala Anhu is left with a

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whole bunch of debt

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and 7 sisters to take care of. And

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he's the one who narrates

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this hadith about

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the most famous

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decision making dua in Islam,

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which is known as dua alistikhar.

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And he says,

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That the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam used to

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teach us to make Istikhara

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with all of our affairs

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in the same way that he would teach

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us the Quran. Now obviously if you're reading

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that you know that this means that istikhara

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is very important. But there's a specific messaging

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here. Just like you resort to the Quran,

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just like the Quran has guidance in all

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affairs of your life, just like you have

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the repetition of the Quran, just like you

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have

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the precise wording

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of the Quran,

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you have salatulistikharah.

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And an imam ibn Waslan al Shafi'i Rahimuhullah,

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he says that what's implied here is that

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you don't change any of the words of

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this dua. You don't add to it. You

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don't take away from it. You say it

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exactly as the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam taught

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it in the same way that you recite

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the Quran.

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And he says that clearly there is blessing

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in the specific wording that the Prophet Sallallahu

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Alaihi Wasallam is using in salatulistikharah.

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And imam ibn batarahimullah

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says the other implied meaning of this is

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that it is not befitting for the believer

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to rush into any matter,

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minor or major, until they first seek Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's guidance. And so istikhara

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is not just for some major decision in

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your life. Meaning, it's not just for marriage

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and it's not just for trying to get

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into a particular program.

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It is for every single element of your

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life, and that is the relationship of dependence

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that you have upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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and he says something deeply profound. He says,

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so the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is showing

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us that the relationship of Istikhara

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to the affairs of our lives is like

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the relationship of Quran

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to salah. The relationship of the recitation of

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Quran

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to every prayer. So basically,

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life without reciting Istikhara is like salah without

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the recitation of the Quran. That's how important

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this dua was to the companions of the

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prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

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So what is Istikhara and what isn't Istikhara?

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So first and foremost,

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Istikhara is not a magic pill. It's not

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something that suddenly

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clears the fog and gives you all sorts

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of clarity and opens the pathways for you.

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It's also not a dream and this is

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probably the hardest thing for people to come

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to terms with. If you're trying to get

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married to someone and you pray Istikhara and

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you see them in a dream it's probably

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because you really want to marry that person,

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not because of the Istikhara.

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Istikhara

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is not necessarily connected to your dreams. It's

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a dua'a for guidance, not something that shows

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up.

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There are no colors that you see at

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night that indicate yes or no. There's no

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such thing as an Istikhara ferry. Yes, I've

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actually heard some cultures where you put yes

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and no under your pillow

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and you make dua and then you pick

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one of the pieces of paper and see

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which one it shows up as. That's just

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our desire to always get the direct answer

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that we're seeking from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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but part of our dependence upon Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala

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is giving the process to him and giving

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the outcome to him. And so istighara

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is actually asking Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala

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to guide you to the right way

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after you have done everything in your power,

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in your capacity

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to find the right way. So basically after

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you've done your own homework and you've covered

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2 other bases of decision making, you come

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to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for the final

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blessing. What does that mean? 1st and foremost,

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you exert your own efforts and your own

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thinking to see if this is good for

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you in your Deen and your Duniya.

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Secondly,

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you consult righteous people, you seek consultation, you

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do Istishaara

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which is seeking people's advice to see if

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this is really the best thing for you

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in your deen or your dunya and then

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you go to

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Allah after your own deduction and that righteous

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consultation

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and you say, oh Allah facilitate it for

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me if it's good for me and take

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it away from me if it is bad

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for me. And this is why, subhanAllah, some

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of the scholars even mention, waltekhunalistisharatu

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kablalistikhara

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that you should seek consultation

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before you doistikhara

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because even when Allah addresses the Prophet Sallallahu

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Alaihi Wasallam, he says, washaawirhumfil

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amri faizaazamtathatawakil

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Allah That seek their consultation and then once

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you come to a decision

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then put your trust in Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala. And Imam An Taymih Rahimullah says, no

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one regrets the Istishara

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of the creation, the seeking consultation of the

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creation and the Istikhara, the seeking

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guidance from the creator. And Qatar Rahimullah said

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no one is going to cover these two

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bases and then not come to a blessed

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decision.

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So how do you actually pray salatulistikhaal?

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The prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, idahhamma

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bil amri

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That first and foremost, you pray 2 rakas.

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Now, by the way, these can be any

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2 rakas that are not Fard. So it

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could be your sunnah prayer, it could be

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entering upon the masjid. Some of the scholars

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said, especially if you combine it with some

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of the times. So you could do it

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at salatulduha,

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for example.

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And any 2 rakaas that you're going to

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pray that are not far'ut,

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just make the intention for Istikhara as well

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and then read the dua after you finish

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those 2 rakahs.

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And if you make this a daily habit,

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and that's the implication here that the Sahaba

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would do this a lot, where most of

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us probably do this like 3 or 4

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times in our lives.

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If you make this a daily habit even

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with your Fajr salah, right, the 2 rakahs

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before Fajr, that you're going to pray 2

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raka'ahs and make that du'a,

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then think about how much more clarity you're

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going to have in life and think about

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how much more blessed

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your decision making and your decree is going

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to be. So you pray these 2 rakas

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and then the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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said after the salaam you make the following

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dua.

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So, O Allah,

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I seek Your guidance in making a choice

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by virtue

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of Your knowledge. So first and foremost,

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you're asking Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala by virtue

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of recognizing

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that Allah knows what you do not know.

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And so I don't understand the full consequences

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of my decision.

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So I've covered my basis but, O Allah,

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I'm looking to you for your ilm, for

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your knowledge.

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And I ask you by your great bounty.

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And that is the recognition that everything that

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala gives to us is

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from His graces, from His Fadl. And so

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I'm asking you from your great bounty

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and you have power and I have none.

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So SubhanAllah, even if I know what's good

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for me,

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I can't pursue anything without Your ability, O

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Allah. So I am recognizing Your knowledge, I'm

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recognizing Your grace and I'm recognizing

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Your power

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to achieve what I cannot achieve on my

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own. And subhanAllah

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here, You say, for verily You know and

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I do not know, You are the Knower

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of

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al ghayub, the unseen things. Why is this

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so profound? Because

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you've done your homework on the seeing things

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but there are certain elements of even the

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seeing things that you can't see. So oh

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Allah, you know everything

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that I don't know about the hidden realities

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of this decision. And that's tawakr, that's trust

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in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala because things can

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check out a 100% through the first through

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basis.

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But here, O Allah, You are Allamul Ghuyub,

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You are the Knower of all hidden things.

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And then You say,

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Allahumma

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in kuntataalamu

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annnahadalamra

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khayrunli

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fiddini

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wamaashi

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waaakibati

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amri

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faqturhuli

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wayasirhuli

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fumma bariklifi.

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Oh Allah, if in your knowledge

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You know that this matter is good for

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me, 1st and foremost in my religion.

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So

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my religion is the most important thing in

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the world to me, so anything that I

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want,

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I want it to impact my religion positively.

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If it's going to impact my religion negatively,

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then I definitely don't want it even if

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it's good for me in regards to my

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worldly affairs. So first and foremost, you know

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that this is going to have a positive

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impact on my deen.

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Secondly, on my livelihood.

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Thirdly, haaqibati amri which is the final outcome

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of my affair which is the hereafter.

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So, O Allah,

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if You know that this is good for

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me in my deen,

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in my livelihood,

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and in my final outcome when it's all

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said and done, a'aqibati amri in the Hereafter,

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then three things, ordain it for me. So

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you ask Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for the

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Qadr of it, which is the decision. So

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ordain it for me. Secondly,

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make it easy for

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me. So make the process easy for me

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as well, oh Allah.

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Thirdly,

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bless it for me. So the outcome also,

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let it have barakah in it, oh Allah.

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SubhanAllah, you're asking Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for

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the Qadr of it, for the yusr of

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it, and for the barakah of it, for

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an easy decision,

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for an easy process, and for a blessed

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outcome.

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But then here's the harder part of the

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Istikhara.

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You turn to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and

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you say, wa'in kuntata'alamu

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annahaadalamra

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sharunli

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ponder on every word, you'll see the blessing

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of it. In your knowledge, oh Allah, you

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know that this is going to be bad

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for me and my religion,

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or bad for me and my livelihood,

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or bad for me when it's all said

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and done, then don't decree it for me.

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So take it away from me, right?

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And turn me away from it,

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which means do not let my heart become

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attached to it. So subhanAllah you're not just

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asking Allah to turn it away from you,

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you're asking Allah to turn you away from

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it. Why? Because if your heart remains attached

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to that thing then you're not gonna have

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peace of mind. You're gonna keep on saying,

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well, maybe there's still a chance. Maybe there's

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still a chance, maybe there's still a chance,

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maybe all the signs are not clear. Right?

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So you're saying, oh Allah, take it away

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from me and take me away from it

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and then ordain for me good wherever it

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may be, which also shows I don't know

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where the next khayr is, I don't know

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where the good actually is going to be

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and how many times did we think

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that all of the doors were shut only

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to find a door that we didn't even

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know existed open for us and have what

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was better for us all along. And then

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finally, aarudani bihi, make me pleased with it,

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oh Allah, because as the scholars say, fa

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innaqadyaasruulakaal

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khayr walakinnaqilaatardabihi

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It might be that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

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facilitates for you what's better,

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but you are not pleased with it. Now

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in the previous du'a, SubhanAllah, you ask Allah

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for arriba ba'adulqaba,

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to be pleased after the decree, and that's

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in general. But here, even with something specific,

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oh Allah, as much as I want it,

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if you know it's going to impact me

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negatively, especially in regards to my deen and

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my akhirah, take it away from me, O

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Allah, and then let me be pleased with

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that outcome. Let my heart,

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you know, also have no connection to that

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anymore. And you'll see this by the way

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with with some of the Sala Rahin, with

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some of the Righteous they spoke about this,

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that they wanted something or someone so badly

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and then it was as if Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala turned their hearts away from it.

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And that could be a direct result of

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this du'a. Now the last thing I'm gonna

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say here is how many times do I

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do Istighara? Like at what point

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do I decide that Allah has closed this

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door for me? And the answer is there

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is no limit to how many times you

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do istighara,

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but go back to your other decision making

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mechanisms

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and try to approach things rationally

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and approach that same group of people or

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someone that you trust so that they can

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help you see things clearly

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And that's where you make that decision at

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that point. You've asked Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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for a good outcome and at that point,

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you know, you make the best decision

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if the door seems to be closed and

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you say Alhamdulillah

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regardless and it may be that Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala will open the door for you

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later, maybe even that same door for you

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later.

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And in the meantime, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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has something along the way. At the end

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of the day, trust that Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala has something good in store for you

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and the fact that He allows you to

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make this du'a is of the most beautiful

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signs that He has something good in store

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for you. Abu Bakr ibn Ayas Rahimu Allah

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He said that, qala baalhuqama

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that some of the wise people of the

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past said, manu'atiya

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arba'an lam yumna arba'a that whoever is given

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4 things will not be deprived of 4

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things. Menoratiya shukra lam yumna'an mazid, whoever is

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given the blessing of gratitude

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will not be deprived from increase.

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And whoever is given the ability to repent

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will not be deprived from acceptance.

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And whoever is given the blessing of Istikhara

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will not be prevented from guidance. Wamanu'ati al

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mashura lam yumna issalab

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and whoever is given advice is not going

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to be deprived of correctness. May Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala grant us goodness and correctness in

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all of our affairs.

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