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 What should one do after Istikhaara? Or how would one knows the result of Istikhaara?

One, after performing the prescribed Istikhaara should embark upon whatever he is determining to do after entrusting fully upon Allah. (Allah says):

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“…And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him…”(Talaaq: 3)

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Then, when thou hast taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (Aali-Imraan:159).

He should not be negligent of ikhlas(sincerity) and being true with Allah in the matter about which he is doing Istikhaara.

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“…and when a matter is resolved on, it was best for them if they were true to Allah.(Muhammad: 21).

 If all these are actualized, he should do whatever seems obvious for him without being doubtful or regretful, whether his heart is delighted with it or not or whether this delightment occurred to him before his Istikhaara or afterwards, because the issue has nothing to do with the presence of delightment in the heart or its absence, rather, it is about the easiness of Allah, His guidance and decree.

It may be that his heart is delighted in a matter, but Allah does not wills it and hence will not make it easy even if he was to embark upon it, and may be his heart is not tranquil with a matter but Allah willed it and may decree it and makes it easy.


This issue is of two things:

Firstly, the truth of a servant with Allah and his certainty in Him in addition to fulfilling the conditions of the acceptance of Istikhaara.

Secondly, the acceptance of Allah for a servant in his Istikhaara.

When the above is achieved, the delightment of the heart and its melancholy does not affect anything and the matter should not be delayed because of that.  Come what may, a creature cannot deny one any good which Allah wills for one, or turn away from him an evil that Allah had decreed on him. (Allah says):

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“If Allah do touch thee with hurt, there is none can remove it but He: if He do design some benefit for thee, there is none can keep back His favour: He causeth it to reach whomsoever of His servants He pleaseth. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”(Yunus: 107)

Al-Ezz Ibn Abdus-Salaam said: “he should do what he has agreed on”. From this it is clear that what Haafith Ibn Hajar said in l-fath is not correct{he said: (the relied (opinion) is that he should not do what his heart is delighted about in what he was having a desire in doing before Istikhaara)).

I said: the issue has nothing to do neither with a servant nor his whimsical speculation and neither with the delightment of his heart nor the attachment of his soul, rather, it has to do with what Allah knows and decrees, whether a servant has a fondness in it or not and whether he distaste it or likes it. It may be that what he has passion in is what Allah has decreed for him, what prevents that? What of if he want to do that which his heart desire and Allah did not make it possible for him?, and if Allah decrees it then He makes it possible and easy for him… then there is any benefit in the saying that: he should not do what he had passion it before the Istikhaara. As for the hadith of Anasmay Allah be please with him that has in it…(( then see what precedes to your heart, for in it is goodness)) is very weak and shall be explain later(in these series) if Allah wills.

Therefore, the stages of Istikhaara are: intending an affair, then(doing)Istikhaara, then entrusting on Allah and then doing what he deems fit, and this does not prevent consulting others.





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