Two Misconceptions of Some People Regarding Istikhaarah – [Visiting Astrologers and Soothsayers or Asking Others to Do Istikhaarah On Their Behalf]


In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

It is widespread amongst some people that Istikhaarah and seeking the best outcome in an affair is that one goes to the astrologers and soothsayers. This is in opposition to what is found in the Islamic legislation; rather Istikhaarah and seeking the best outcome in an affair is that one performs two optional Rak’ats and then supplicate with the legislated supplication. Jaabir Bin Abdillaah [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] said, ”Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] used to teach us the way of doing Istikhaarah (i.e. the means to ask Allah to guide one to the right action concerning any job or a deed) in all matters as he taught us the Suras of the Qur’an. He said, ‘If anyone of you wants to do any task [i.e. wants to decide on a matter], he should offer a two rak`ats other than the compulsory ones and say (after the prayer):

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلاَ أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلاَّمُ الْغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي ـ أَوْ قَالَ عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ ـ فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي ـ أَوْ قَالَ فِي عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ ـ فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ، وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ ـ قَالَ ـ وَيُسَمِّي حَاجَتَهُ

O Allaah! I seek the counsel through Your Knowledge, and I seek Power from Your Might, and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You (alone) know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this task (or affair) is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter- (or said, ‘If it is better for my present and later needs), then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, and then bless me in it. And if You know that this task (affair) is harmful to me in my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter-(or said, ‘If it is worse for my present and later needs’), then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, and make me satisfied with it’. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] added that then the person should mention his (or her) need [i.e. the affair or task]. [Bukhaari: 1162] [Ref 1]

Read here: Charms, Amulets and Talismans― Fortune-Tellers, Soothsayers and Astrologers in Light of the Quran and Sunnah:
https://www.abukhadeejah.com/charms-amulets-talismans-fortune-tellers-soothsayers-astrologers-quran-sunnah/

The Ruling on performing Istikhaarah for another person

Question to Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him]: Our sister asks, “Is it permissible for me to perform Istikhaarah for someone other than myself?”

Answer: I do not know of a proof regarding this; rather the Prophetic tradition has a narration that “If one of you wants to do any task [i.e. wants to decide on a matter], he should offer two rak`ats and then says, ”O Allaah…..[i.e. the supplication mentioned earlier – Bukhari 1162]. Therefore, what (is in conformity with) the Prophetic tradition is that the one who wants an affair and faces difficulty in making a decision is the one who performs the Istikhaarah. As for this person performing Istikhaarah for that person, I do not know of a basis for this (i.e. in the divine legislation); rather both a man and woman perform Istikhaarah individually and supplicate with the supplication. If one does not know the supplication that has been transmitted in the hadeeth, then one asks his Lord saying, [اللهم يسر لي الأصلح، اللهم اشرح صدري للأصلح الأحب إليك، لما فيه نفعي، لما فيه صلاحي – O Allaaah! Make easy for me the affair that is more upright (or carriers more wellbeing). O Allaah! Open my heart to that which is upright (or carries more wellbeing)- that which is more beloved to you, that which contains benefit for me and my wellbeing (uprightness)]. So, the person [i.e. the one who does not know the authentic supplication reported in the Prophetic tradition] supplicates with what is appropriate. [Ref 2]


[Ref 1: Al-Haqeeqatush Shar’iyyah Fee Tafseeril Qur’aanil Adheem Was-Sunnatin Nabawiyyah. Page 95]

[Ref2:https://binbaz.org.sa/fatwas/10634/%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%85-%D8%B5%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%BA%D9%8A%D8%B1. abridged and paraphrased]

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