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Istikhaarah and dreams

Fatwaa ID: 399

Al Salaamu ’alaykum
Respected Mufti Sahib

For the last two days, a sister has been performing Salat ul Istikharah before sleeping and has been seeing frightening dreams at night.
She has also experienced this previously during the days when she has performed istikharah.
She is asking if the dreams may be connected to the istikharah or not.

Jazaakum Allahu Khayra

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

Istikhaarah means to seek divine goodness from Allaah Ta’aala in the decision one makes. An istikhaarah will not necessarily give an answer. It is not necessary to see a dream thereafter nor is a dream seen thereafter necessarily related to the istikhaarah. Any dream seen after performing Istikhaarah will be regarded like any other dream one sees. It may be from Allaah Ta’aala, from the shaytaan or an exposition of one’s thoughts of the day. If you want, you may refer to an experienced oneirocritic.

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

06/23/1444 AH – 01/16/2023 CE | AML1-6884

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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