|Authentic Supplications of the Prophet
Asking for Allah's Guidance in a Certain Affair - Al-Istikhaara (123)
The Messenger of Allah
used to teach us to ask Allah's guidance in all matters just like
he used to teach us a surah out of the Qur'ãn. He would say:
If one of you intends on doing a certain matter, let him pray two
rak'ãt, then let him say: Allãhumma 'innee 'astakheeruka
bi`ilmika, wa 'astaqdiruka biqudratika, wa 'as'aluka min fadhlikal-`atheemi,
fa'innaka taqdiru wa lã 'aqdiru, wa ta`lamu wa lã 'a`lamu,
wa 'anta `allãmul-ghuyoobi, 'allãhumma 'in kunta ta`lamu
'anna hãthal 'amra - and [here] you name it [the affair]
by its name - khayrun lee fee deenee wa ma`ãshee wa `ãqibati
'amree, wa`ãjilihi wa'ãjilihi, faqdurhu lee wa yassirhu
lee, thumma bãriklee feeh, wa 'in kunta ta`lamu 'anna hãthal-'amra
sharrun lee fee deenee wa ma'ãshee wa `ãqibati 'amree,
wa`ãjilihi wa'ãjilihi, fasrifhu `annee wasrifnee `anhu,
waqdurlee 'al-khayra haythu kãna, thumma radh-dhinee bihi(143)'.
- and [here] you name it [the affair] by its name -
One that asks the Creators' guidance in a matter, and consults
with His creation, then acts deliberately would never regret his
action. For Allah The Exalted says:
<<And consult them in the matter [of moment]. Then when
you have taken a decision put your trust in Allah. For Allah loves
those who put their trust [in Him].>> (l44).
Qãtadatu said: There is not a people that consult amongst
themselves seeking Allah Face(145)
except that they would be guided to the most straight and correct
action for them.
(143) O' my 'ilãh I ask
your guidance due to your knowledge, and I ask your help due to
your ability. For You are able and I'm not able, You know and I
don't Know, and You are the one that knows the hidden matters. O'
my 'ilãh if You know that this affair -and you name it by
its name- is better for me in my faith, my livelihood, the aftermath
of my affair, its short term, and its long term, then decree it
for me, make it easy for me, and bestow blessings for me in it;
and if You know that this affair is bad for me in my faith, my livelihood,
the aftermath of my affair, its short term, and its long term, then
turn it away from me, and turn me away from it; and decree for me
the good where ever it is, and then content me with it.
(144) Surat 'Ale-'lmrãn
(#3) V. 159.
(145) Meaning they want to see
Allah's Face (because that is the greatest pleasure for the people
of Paradise). The Qur'ãn and the Sunnah affirm that Allah
has a face, two hands, fingers, and two eyes. Some people deny these
attributes because they incorrectly suppose that by affirrning them
they are humanizing Allah. Such an argument is only valid for those
that would say, for example, "Allah has hands like ours (?)" Such
a statement is not allowed because it qualifies Allah's attributes
without evidence from the Qur'an or the Sunnah. It would also be
in contradiction to the Qur'anic verse:
<<There is nothing that is like Him, and He is The Ever-Hearing,
The Ever-Seeing>> . Thus we must affirm the attributes
that Allah, and/or his Messenger have affirmed; we must believe
that these attributes befit the Magnificence, and Glory of Allah;
and we are not allowed to qualify these attributes unless Allah,
and/or his Messenger have done so for us.
Ibn Taymiya said that it was reported by Al-Bukhãri to
this effect. Al-Albãni said that the wording was identical
to that of Al-Bukhãri; however, the word "all" in "in all
matters" was not in Al-Bukhãri's Qiyãm ul-Layl
but was in his Ad-Da`awãt and his At-Tawheed.
Also, he said that Al-Bukhãri reported, after the phrase
"the aftermath of my affair", the following: "Or he said: the short
term of my affair and its long term" indicating that the narrator
was not sure which of the two was correct. So perhaps, Al-Albãni
continued, Ibn Taymiya combined the two so that the supplicant would
be sure he was, either way, saying the words of the Prophet .
For this reason it appears in this book as "the aftermath of my
affair, its short term, and its long-term. Al-Albani said he had
no problem with that, then, he said: "And Allah knows best". He
included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as
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