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Guidance needed after Istikhara

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I did Istakhara for myself to ask for Allah’s will regarding selection of a right life partner I am unable to evaluate the results Kindly guide me in the best way

What I saw in dreams is here…
” I saw that MY Brother in Law has called me, he was quite annoyed and he said to me he wants to talk to my mother I told him that she is busy I will tell her a bit later and she will call you back.. He disconnected the call just after that my sister called me and she was crying a lot I asked her the reason but she didn’t tell me
Even I started crying. She also said that she wants to talk to my mother…Just as I was going to tell my mother
about those CALLS I woke up…. And I couldn’t see anything else”

One more
“I saw that the person for whom I did Istakhara, My sister and me are sitting in a single room but no body is willing to talk
to each other… All three of us are trying to keep ourselves busy…”

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.


Imam An-Nawawi has said, “After performing the istikharah, a person must do what he is wholeheartedly inclined to do and feels good about doing and should not insist on doing what he had desired to do before making the istikharah. And if his feelings change, he should leave what he had intended to do; otherwise he is not completely leaving the choice to Allah, and would not be honest in seeking aid from Allah’s power and knowledge. Sincerity in seeking Allah’s choice means that one should completely leave what he himself had desired or determined.” (Fiqhus Sunnah: 2.32)

After performing istikarah the person will (Insha Allah) get guidance from Allah and be inclined towards what is right. It is not necessary that it is seen in a dream or even as a vision while awake. The individual will just feel what is right and should then go on to do the task or make the decision. In regards to the circumstances mentioned above if you heart is inclining not to marry this person then it may be a sign from Allah (SWA) not to go ahead with the marriage. However, if your inclination is to get married to this person, but now and then you have thoughts or doubts whether you should marry her or not, then you should go ahead with the marriage. These doubts may be from Satan. Furthermore, naturally there is always a doubt in the back of your mind when you make a decision about marriage whether this person is the right one or not. Therefore, you should not take these into consideration and go ahead with the marriage. Insha Allah, Allah will put blessings in the marriage.

The dreams, which you have cited above, may be those doubts which are coming from Satan.

Saaiduna Abu Qatadah Radiallahu Anhu reports that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam has said, “A good vision (dream) is from Allah and a bad dream is from the Satan. He who sees something in a dream that he dislikes, should blow thrice on his left, must seek Allah’s Refuge from the evil of the Satan (i.e., by saying: A`udhu billahi minash-Shaitanir-Rajim). Then it will not harm him.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim).

Saaiduna Jabir Radialahu Anhu reports that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “When one of you sees a bad dream let him blow three times on his left, seek refuge in Allah from the Satan three times (i.e., by saying: A`udhu billahi minash-Shaitanir-Rajim) and change the side on which he was lying.” (Sahih Muslim) (Extracted from Riyadhus Saliheen p.245)

From the aforementioned ahadith we can conclude that scary or bad dreams are from Satan and they have no meanings.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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