Consulting with one’s elders regarding one’s career

Q: I suffer from doubts and may have OCD so it makes it very hard for me to make decisions and know what thoughts to listen to. I have always wanted to be doctor and my parents have wanted that too. I was a little unsure lately and I heard that you can make istikhara and it will guide you. I am only in grade 11 right now and I don’t have to apply for universities till next year. 1) Should I do it now and then see how it all works out? 2) I have heard that if you go ahead with the action you are seeking guidance for and there isn’t any obstacles than it was meant to be but if there is then you should know it wasn’t meant to be, I suffer from doubts all the time so making this distinction would be very hard for me. 3) Does that mean like if I failed a test or do bad in a class I shouldn’t try to be a doctor anymore. 4) or I don’t get into a program at one university but get into another since I didn’t get into the first one I shouldn’t do it? 5) I have always thought I would be a doctor, so if something like this happens and I still have a feeling like being one, what do I do because I have lots of troubles making decisions because of I am doubtful 6) Is there any way to stop these doubts?


A: I suggest that you consult with your elders as to what is more appropriate for you, and together with this you can also make istikhaarah.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)