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ISTIKHARA, The Whispered Prayer of the Fearful
By:Ather Sunar, Jhelum
Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019, 5:57 pm

The Whispered Prayer of the Fearful
THE ISTIKHARA PRAYER
THE SUPERSTITION OF ISTIKHARAH RUINS PEOPLE AND DESTROYS FAMILIES. DID SAHABA KIRAAM PERFORM ISTIKHARAH BEFORE TAKING ON ANY CHALLENGES?
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In the Name of God, the All-merciful,
the All-compassionate
1 My God,
what thinkest Thou?
Wilt Thou chastise me after my faith in Thee,
drive me far away after my love for Thee,
deprive me while I hope for Thy mercy and forgiveness,
forsake me while I seek sanctuary in Thy pardon?
How could Thy generous face disappoint me?!
Would that I knew - Did my mother bear me for wretchedness?
Did she nurture me for suffering?
Would then that she had not borne me
and had not nurtured me!
Would that I had knowledge -
Hast Thou appointed me one of the people of felicity?
Hast Thou singled me out for Thy nearness and neighbourhood?
Then would my eyes be gladdened,
and in that my soul reach serenity.
2 My God,
dost Thou blacken faces which fall down in prostration
before Thy mightiness?
Dost Thou strike dumb tongues which speak in laudation
of Thy glory and majesty?
Dost Thou seal hearts which harbour Thy love?
Dost Thou deafen ears which take pleasure in hearing
Thy remembrance according to Thy will?
Dost Thou manacle hands which expectations have raised to Thee
in hope of Thy clemency?
Dost Thou punish bodies which worked to obey Thee
until they grew thin in struggling for Thee?
Dost Thou chastise legs which ran to worship Thee?
3 My God,
lock not toward those who profess Thy Unity
the doors of Thy mercy,
and veil not those who yearn for Thee
from looking upon the vision of Thy beauty!
4 My God,
a soul which Thou hast exalted by its professing Thy Unity -
how wilt Thou burn it in the heat of Thy fires?
5 My God,
give me sanctuary
from Thy painful wrath
and Thy mighty anger!
O All-loving, O All-kind!
O Compassionate, O Merciful!
O Compeller, O Subduer!
O All-forgiver, O All-covering!
Deliver me through Thy mercy
from the chastisement of the Fire
and the disgrace of shame
when the good are set apart from the evil,
forms are transformed,
terrors terrify,
the good-doers are brought near,
the evildoers taken far,
and every soul is paid in full what it has earned,
and they shall not be wronged!311
THE ISTIKHARA PRAYER
THE SUPERSTITION OF ISTIKHARAH RUINS PEOPLE AND DESTROYS FAMILIES. DID SAHABA KIRAAM PERFORM ISTIKHARAH BEFORE TAKING ON ANY CHALLENGES?
First, please read this ayah from the Qur'an.
7:157 (Now the Law has been revealed to Prophet Muhammad.) Those who follow the Messenger, the gentile Prophet, will find him well described* in the Torah and the Gospel with them. He enjoins upon them the Right, and forbids them the Wrong. He declares lawful all good things, and declares unlawful only the unclean things. He relieves people from the burdens of false dogmas they carried. He breaks the shackles of mental and physical slavery that they used to carry, and brings them out from darkness into Light. Those who believe in him, honor and support him, and follow the Light that has been sent forth with him, are the eternally successful.
[5:15, 65:11, 76:4. He learned to read and write after the Revelation (29:48). *Deuteronomy: 18:15-18. Gospel of John: 14:16, 15:26, 16:7 Paracletos = Comforter, from original Greek Periclytos = The praised one. In Aramaic, Mawhamana = The praised one. Please note 'Zulumaat' used in plural and 'Light' in singular indicating that the darkness of ignorance comes in many forms whereas the Light of truth is only one]
Istikhara is only a prayer, wrongfully ascribed to the exalted Prophet.
Unfortunately, you are stuck in an N2I environment. N2I = Number Two Islam.
Muster all the courage and break the shackles of N2I.
THE ISTIKHARA PRAYER
The so-called “DUA OF ISTIKHARA” was reportedly taught by the exalted Prophet to the Shi’ah Imams only.
It is stated that the Shi’ah Imam Ja’far Sadiq, (d. 148 AH = 765 CE) taught it to a noble companion of the exalted Prophet, Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah. But Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah had died in 78 AH = 697 CE.
When Imam Abu Yusuf asked Ja’far Sadiq that Hazrat Jabir had died two years before Ja’far was born, Ja’far said, “I had taught him the prayer through ‘Ilm-il-Manam (knowledge of dreams). So, a man not yet born teaching a dead man through dreams was quite acceptable in those days – and even today in the Mullah mythology.
From then on, the ‘Dua Istikhara’ was transmitted from one ‘Imam’ to another. And it quickly infiltrated the Sunnis as well. Such gullible have been Muslims, yesterday, today – and tomorrow, why not :-)
The so-called “DUA OF ISTIKHARA” was reportedly taught by the exalted Prophet to the Shi’ah Imams only.
It is stated that the Shi’a Imam Ja’far Sadiq, (d. 148 AH = 765 CE) taught it to a noble companion of the exalted Prophet, Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah. But Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah had died in 78 AH = 697 CE. When Imam Abu Yusuf asked Ja’far Sadiq that Hazrat Jabir had died two years before Ja’far was born, Ja’far said, “I had taught him the prayer through ‘Ilm-il-Manam (knowledge of dreams). So, a man teaching a dead man through dreams was quite acceptable in those days – and even today in the Mullah mythology.
From then on, the ‘Dua Istikhara’ was transmitted from one ‘Imam’ to another. Such gullible have been Muslims, yesterday, today – and tomorrow, why not!
REF:
“Hadith: The Big Forgery” by Darul Afaq Publishing Company of Beirut
“Haroon Wa Baramikatil Faras” by Sheikhul Ifta Salman bin Abu Qasim Baghdadi. Vol 1 pg 31-55
“Nufus-ul-Qudsiyah” by Abdul Muhsin bin Mullah Ali Al-Qari
"Qanoon Al-Akhbaril Maudhu’ah Wa Rijal-ud-Dhu’fa" (Allama Muhammad Tahir Gujrati)
The description of Salaat al-Istikhaarah (Istikhara Prayers) was reported by Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Salami who said:
“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Quran. He said:
‘If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two rakaahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:

Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa laa a’lam, wa anta ‘allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma fa in kunta ta’lamu haadha’l-amra (then the matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li fi ‘aajil amri wa aajilihi (or: fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri (or: fi ‘aajili amri wa aajilihi) fasrifni ‘anhu [wasrafhu ‘anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma radini bihi
Translation: O Allaah, I seek Your guidance [in making a choice] by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allaah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (of marrying Wafa) is good for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (and in all affairs), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (for me both in this world and the next), then turn me away from Wafa [and turn her away from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.”
(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6841; similar reports are also recorded by al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad).
Some people wait for dreams and for special indications to guide them in their affairs. However, this is not necessary. The correct view is that when Allah makes something easy for you – after having decreed it and accepted your du’aa’ – this is a sign that it is good to go ahead and do it. The existence of obstacles and difficulties is an indication that Allah is pushing His servant away from doing it. This meaning will be very clear when one ponders the meaning of the hadeeth of Jaabir concerning al-istikhaarah, where the Prophet (S) said:
“… O Allah, if You know this affair – [and here he should mention it] – is good for me in relation to my religion, my life, and end, then decree and facilitate it for me, and bless me with it, and if You know this affair to be ill for me towards my religion, my life, and end, then remove it from me and remove me from it, and decree for me what is good wherever it be and make me satisfied with such.”
We see from the above hadith that the Dua clearly is asking Allah that if the matter is good for one, that Allah make it easy for one and if if not, to take it away.
The secret is that one’s heart should not be attached to the matter in question, because that will result in a person becoming restless. Being pleased with something means that one’s heart is content with the decree of Allah.
(Summarized from the commentary of al-Haafiz Ibn Hijr (18 February 1372 – 2 February 1448, 852 A.H.) on the hadeeth in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-Da’waat and Kitaab al-Tawheed. Also, commentary based on on islamqa.info).

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-Haafidh Shihabuddin Abu'l-Fadl Ahmad ibn Ali ibn Muhammad, better known as Ibn Hajar due to the fame of his forefathers, al-Asqalani due to his family origin (Arabic: ابن حجر العسقلاني‎) (18 February 1372 – 2 February 1448, 852 A.H.[1]), was a medieval Shafiite Sunni scholar of Islam who represents the entire realm of the Sunni world in the field of Hadith. He is also known as Shaykh al Islam.
[The author has benefited from numerous ancient and modern books in writing the first ten chapters. The brief chapters have required an incredible amount of sifting the truth from falsehood. Some of the sources are named here with gratitude to their authors. Seeratun Nabi, Farooq Azam, Allama Shibli Na'amani. Ralmatallil 'Aalameen, Qazi Sulaiman Mansoorpuri. "Mother of All Histories", Tareekh Umam Wal-Mulook, Imam Jareer bin Rustam Tabari. Biography of the Prophet by Ibn Hisham. Tareekh Ibn Athir. Muslim History, Dr. Akram Zahoor, D.Sc. Tareekhil Ummat, Allama Aslam Jairajpuri. Tazkarah, Hadith-il-Qur’an, Maulvi Ka Ghalat Mazhab, Allama Inayatullah Khan Al-Mashriqi. Shahkar-e-Risaalat, Me'raaj-e-Insaaniat, Allama G.A. Perwez. Tareekh-e-Islam, Dr. Hameeduddin. Sahah Sittah (The Six Right Ones on Hadith). Tibbe Nabawi, Imam Ibnil Qayyam, Masnad, Ahmad bin Hanbal, Hujjatullahil Baaligha, Shah Waliullah. Kimyae Sa'adat, Ehyaul 'Uloom, Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali. Muzakkarah, Hur bin Abdur Rahman, Meezanul Faris, Hujjatullah A.Q. Moosvi. Fitnatul Kubra, Taha Husain, Ajaaib-it-Tareekh, Yaqoot Hamdi, Kitab Dalail-e-Nabawwut Syedna Muhammad, Abdul Jabbar Fatimi, Tasweer Ka Doosra Rukh, Intizar-e-Mahdi-o-Maseeh, Muhaddithul Asr Allama Tamanna Imadi. Mazhabi Dastanain Aur Unki Haqeeqat, Allama Habibur Rahman Kandhalvi, Tarikh-e-Islam, Dr. Abdul Hameed, Professor of Harvard University, Sham-e-Haqeeqat, Qazi Muhammad Ali, Hundred Great Muslims, K.J. Ahmad]
• Imam Shafi'i died 204 AH
References:

1. *** “Azwaaj-in-Nabi wal-Ashaab”, by Sheikh Hammad bin Hakam
2. *** Meezan-il-Faris by Hujjatullah Abdul Qadir Ali Al-Moosvi pg 249-26
3. *** “Takmilatil Lughatal 'Ain” by Al-Ustaz Jalaluddin Al-Ash'ari on Imam Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad Shikoh Tabrezi vol 2 pg 3-5
4. *** Kitab-e-Dalail-e-Nabawwut Syedna Muhammad (S), by Abdul Jabbar Fatimi, written 150 years before Tabari, the first ever
'canonized' historian
5. *** “Hadith: The Big Forgery” by Darul Afaq Publishing Company of Beirut
6. *** Haroon Wa Baramikatil Faras by Sheikhul Ifta Salman bin Abu Qasim Baghdadi. Vol 1 pg 31-55
7. *** “Mujahid-al-Munafiq Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal” by Abdul Muhsin bin Mullah Ali Al-Qari, pg 67-135.
8. *** “Nufus-ul-Qudsiyah” by Abdul Muhsin bin Mullah Ali Al-Qari
9. *** "Maudhu'at-e-Kabeer" (Mullah Ali al-Qari)
10. *** "Qanoon Al-Akhbaril Maudhu’ah Wa Rijal-ud-Dhu’fa" (Allama Muhammad Tahir Gujrati)
11. *** Uswah Rasul Akram by Baqiyyah-tul-Salaf Murshad-ul-Ulema Makhdoom-us-Sulaha Seikh-ul-Asr Aarif Billah Hazrat Muhammad Abdul Haii

Abu Bakr Ahmad ibn `Ali ibn Thabit ibn Ahmad ibn Mahdi al-Shafi`i, commonly known as al-Khatib al-Baghdadi (Arabic: الخطيب البغدادي‎) or the lecturer from Baghdad (10 May 1002 – 5 September 1071; 392 AH-463 AH), was a Sunni Muslim scholar and historian.