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Istikharah Outcome

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Question

Slm alaykum.  I have a question regarding istikhara.

I did istikhara last night. I then went to sleep and then woke up for sehri and then prayed fajr. I was awake till late sunrise after sunrise about 1 hr then slept. My istikhara was for a girl who i like. And just to inform i haven’t spoke to her since the 28th.  And she doesn’t know i like her as well. It’s just with me.

So i did istikhara 3 days intention and last night was my last night. And i got a dream and it was all the way After i slept after sunrise. And in that dream i was having what seemed like if am not wrong sexual intercourse. And also one more thing. It didn’t seem to be that same girl.  And I’m more lost because that dream came all the way after sunrise.  Because i had woke up for sehri and prayed fajr was awake for almost 1 hr maybe. Could you pls explain properly and tell me the interpretation of that dream i got. I mean if it does have any meaning whether it’s positive or negative.

JazakAllah

I will wait for your reply

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is a commonly held misconception that performing Istikhara will always result in the right decision becoming apparent in the form of a dream. This is not the case. Furthermore, Istikhara works best when one has a balanced frame of mind and is not strongly inclined towards a specific decision beforehand.[1]

A person performing Istikharah submits himself before Allah and hands over the matter to Him. Allah accepts it from him, destines good for him, protects him from harm and keeps him in His care. Thereafter, whatever direction he takes, will be for his betterment, even though his heart may be disinclined towards it.

Hence, we advise that you perform Istikharah thrice and take the direction that your heart inclines towards.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

 

Bilal Yusuf Pandor

Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah


Lusaka, Zambia

الفتح الرباني لترتيب مسند الإمام أحمد بن حنبل الشيباني (5/ 53) [1]

 (قال الشوكانى) فلا ينبغى أن يعتمد على انشراح كان له فيه هوى قبل الاستخارة، بل ينبغى للمستخير ترك اختياره رأسا والا فلا يكون مستخيرًا لله، بل يكون مستخيرًا لهواه وقد يكون غير صادق فى طلب الخيرة وفى التبرّى من العلم والقدرة واثباتهما لله تعالى، فاذا صدق فى ذلك تبرأ من الحول والقوة ومن اختياره لنفسه

 

الموسوعة الفقهية الكويتية (3/ 243)

يَنْبَغِي أَنْ يَكُونَ الْمُسْتَخِيرُ خَالِيَ الذِّهْنِ، غَيْرَ عَازِمٍ عَلَى أَمْرٍ مُعَيَّنٍ، فَقَوْلُهُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي الْحَدِيثِ: ” إِذَا هَمَّ ” يُشِيرُ إِلَى أَنَّ الاِسْتِخَارَةَ تَكُونُ عِنْدَ أَوَّل مَا يَرِدُ عَلَى الْقَلْبِ، فَيَظْهَرُ لَهُ بِبَرَكَةِ الصَّلاَةِ وَالدُّعَاءِ مَا هُوَ الْخَيْرُ، بِخِلاَفِ مَا إِذَا تَمَكَّنَ الأْمْرُ عِنْدَهُ، وَقَوِيَتْ فِيهِ عَزِيمَتُهُ وَإِرَادَتُهُ، فَإِنَّهُ يَصِيرُ إِلَيْهِ مَيْلٌ وَحُبٌّ، فَيَخْشَى أَنْ يَخْفَى عَنْهُ الرَّشَادُ؛ لِغَلَبَةِ مَيْلِهِ إِلَى مَا عَزَمَ عَلَيْهِ.

 

الموسوعة الفقهية الكويتية (3/ 246)

 اتَّفَقَ فُقَهَاءُ الْمَذَاهِبِ الأْرْبَعَةِ عَلَى أَنَّ عَلاَمَاتِ الْقَبُول فِي الاِسْتِخَارَةِ انْشِرَاحُ الصَّدْرِ، لِقَوْل الرَّسُول صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي الْحَدِيثِ الْمُتَقَدِّمِ فِي (فِقْرَةِ 20) : ” ثُمَّ اُنْظُرْ إِلَى الَّذِي سَبَقَ إِلَى قَلْبِكَ فَإِنَّ الْخَيْرَ فِيهِ ” أَيْ فَيَمْضِي إِلَى مَا انْشَرَحَ بِهِ صَدْرُهُ وشَرْحُ الصَّدْرِ: عِبَارَةٌ عَنْ مَيْل الإْنْسَانِ وَحُبِّهِ لِلشَّيْءِ مِنْ غَيْرِ هَوًى لِلنَّفْسِ، أَوْ مَيْلٍ مَصْحُوبٍ بِغَرَضٍ

 

Istikhara in the light of Sunnah

https://www.muslim-library.com/english/istikhara-in-the-light-of-the-sunnah/

 

 

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