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Positive or negative istikhaarah

Fatwaa ID: 1900

Assalamualaykum Mufti Sab
What does it mean if the answer from an istekhara for marriage one side gets negative thrice and the other gets positive?

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

There is no such thing as a positive or negative istikhaarah. People have misunderstood istikhaarah. Istikhaarah means to seek divine goodness from Allaah Ta’aala in the decision one makes. Istikhaarah will not give you an answer nor any indication. Similarly, there is no dream related to the istikhaarah.

The decision is left to the person. Along with istikhaarah, he/she should consult/make mashwarah with the relevant people and then outweigh the pros and cons. Any decision made thereafter will have khayr in it.

If one side decides to go ahead and the other side decides not to go ahead, then the latter should not feel compelled to give in. You would not be “going against” any istikhaarah.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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