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Du’a before mashwarah (consultation)

Is this mashwarah du’a authentic?

 “Allahumma alhimna marashida umurina wa a’idhna min shururi anfusina”

 Oh Allah! inspire us with the correct guidance, and save us from the wiles of our own nafs


The words of this du’a have been reported in a hadith, however not specifically for mashwarah (consultation).

It is possible that someone recommended reading it at the time of mashwarah due to the meaning having a link to decision making. There is no harm in reading this du’a as long as one does not think it to be a masnun du’a for mashwarah.

(See Sunan Tirmidhi, hadith: 3483)

Imam Hakim and Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) have also recorded a similar du’a with variations and additions in the wordings, These narrations also are general and not specific to mashwarah.

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 510 and Sahih ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 899)

Imam Hakim and ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahumallah) have declared the hadith as authentic.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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