Lecturere : Bilal Philips
In this series, Sh. Bilal Philips explains two Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad which begin with the word Allahummah. The first Hadith is concerned with seeking Allah’s forgiveness, which is called “The master form of repentance.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "The most superior request for forgiveness is to say, 'O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no god beside You. You created me and I am Your servant following Your covenant and my promise to You as much as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. Before You, I acknowledge Your blessings bestowed upon me and I confess my sins to You so forgive me, for indeed no one forgives sins beside You." The second Hadith is called “The prayer for seeking good”. Jabir ibn Abdillah (one of the companions of the Prophet) shows that the Prophet used to teach them this payer for seeking good in all of their affairs the way he used to teach a chapter from the Quran. The Prophet says, "If any of you decide on a matter, he should pray two units of voluntary prayer then he should say this supplication, "O Allah, I seek Your guidance to what is good for me because of Your infinite knowledge, I seek Your help because of Your infinite power and I ask You from Your infinite grace for surely You are able and I am not and You know and I do not and You alone know the unseen. O Allah, if You know that this affair – and this is where you will mention the name of it – is favorable for my religion, my livelihood, and my aftermath of my affairs then decree it for me, make it easy for me, and bless me in it but if You know that this affair is harmful for my religion, my livelihood, and the aftermath of my affairs then turn it away from me and turn me away from it, and decree for me what is better wherever it may be and make me content with it."
Allah is the source of all power and strength. Therefore there's no power nor strength for people. So one has to rely on Him in everything and doesn't depend on himself, power, strength, youth, the integrity of his opinion, money, honor, pedigree, authority, the intercession of peoples, or anything else, and the Importance of Istikharah prayer in all matters appears here. Therefore prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught it to his companions such as any chapter (Surah) from the Quran. This article dealt with this matter by illustrating a prophetic hadeeth on Istikharah's pray and its necessity in all issues.
About Istikhara Prayer,its definition,its benefit,its manner and the need of muslim to it.If you want to practise Istikharah in permissable matter,perform two Rak`ah of optional prayer other than Fard prayers and after saying Assalamu `Alaikum to conclude the prayer offer the supplication (Du`a) of Istikhara .Then wait,if your mind is relieved then go on this matter and if you are annoyed quit it,and if you feel nothing wait and Allah will ordain what is good for you.
- Chechen Writer : alkhazor bin sultan Al-Chechani
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