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Homemade method of istikhaarah

Fatwaa ID: 1507

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu

Respected Mufti Saheb.

  1. Is it permissible to make make “istikhara” in the following manner/ will the istikhara be valid/ will a person be able to take it into consideration and act upon it if it’s done in the following manner
  • make whudu, read Bismillah 3× and any durood 3× Think about the matter that guidance is needed for and open up the quraan, and whatever the ayaat are about that is the answer of your istikhara
  1. If it is permissible, etc. what should be done in the case when there are both negative and positive Ayaat on the page?

Jazakallah khair.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We take note of the details of your query. Your question stems from a misunderstanding of the reality of istikhaarah. That is how bid’ahs often start. The perpetrators are then left dumbfounded when unexpected questions arise which then lead to further deviances. Please do not start your own things. The sunnah is simple and divine. Adhere to that. No other way will bring about goodness.

Istikhaarah is not an answer. It does not tell you what to do. There is no positive or negative to an istikhaarah. The reality of istikhaarah is that one seeks thereby divine goodness in the decision he makes. That is the definition of istikhaarah.

When deciding on a matter, one should apply his due diligence and outweigh the pros and cons. He should consult with the relevant and appropriate people as well as his well wishers. He should make istikhaarah in the manner taught to us by Rasulullaah ﷺ and thereafter make a firm decision.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

01/02/1445 AH – 07/20/2023 CE | AML1-8083

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

You may refer to the following book for details on istikhaarah.


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