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Salaah al-Istikharah - The Prayer for seeking Guidance
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Wisdom and Benefits behind seeking Guidance from Allah, the All-Knower
Apart from the great blessing that Allah, the Exalted grants by answering the Du’aa (supplication) and fulfilling the request, there are many more benefits in performing this beautiful prayer.
1. The first of the benefits is the realization of the meaning of worship for Allah – comprising of humility to Him, expressing one’s weakness and lowliness to Him, manifesting one’s need and dependence upon Him, imploring Him, asking for the best of Him. Realization of Tawheed of Worship – a necessary aspect of eeman and the reason behind the creation of mankind: -
“I did nor create Jinn and mankind, except for My worship” [Soorah Adh-Dhariyat (51): 56]
2. Realization of the Tawheed of Allah’s Lordship and Tawheed of Allah’s Names and Attributes by affirming that in His Hands are the keys of the affairs and He knows the Unseen matters of the heavens and the earth and He loves good for His slaves and He chooses that which benefits them.
“And your Lord creates whatsoever He wills and chooses…” [Soorah al-Qasas (28): 68]
“And with Him are the keys of Unseen, none know them but He. And He knows whatever is there in the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but by His knowledge; there is not a grain in the darkness (or the depth) of the earth, nor any flesh or dry (green or withered) but is written in a Clear Record.” [Soorah al-An’aam (6): 59]
3. Assurety of Allah and pleasure with His decree before and after the Istikharah, reliance upon Him, and resigning the affairs to Him, thus removing the confusion, hesitation and anxiety which weakens the self, wearing down the body, giving way to distress and sorrow.
4. The fourth benefit is that Allah grants the request of one who makes al-Istikharah. Allah grants him two favors who makes al-Istikharah: the first that Allah answers the Du’aa of His servant and this is a great benefit and an evidence of the servants piety or him gradually achieving it.
The second is the ability to enact the affair for which he sought guidance and choosing the good for him, turning and directing him towards it rather than abandoning him and leaving him astray.
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