Istikhara. Should a person abstain from a task if he has felt very negative through Istekhara?

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After following all the requisites for Istikhara and subsequently feeling very negative about an issue, is it possible that a person can still go ahead with the task according to Mashura, or should he completely abstain from the task with or without Mashura? Does Allah (swt) stop a person from doing a task that may be detrimental to a person if he has done Istekhara, or does the person still have to make his own decision of what to do.


The negative feeling due to and after Istikhara is an indication to abstain from the issue. Furthermore, Rasulullah Sallahllahu Alaihi-Wasallam advised, if you are uncertain about an issue, abandon it.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti E. Desai

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