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His phone rang in church by accident during prayers.

The Pastor scolded him.

The worshippers admonished him after prayers for interrupting.

His wife kept on lecturing on his carelessness all the way home.

His co-vineyard workers shook their heads in disgust

You could see the shame, embarrassment and humiliation on his face.

He never stepped foot in the church again.

That evening, he went to a bar.

He was still nervous and trembling.

He spilled his drink on the table, bottle falls by accident and it splashed on some people.

Those it touched rushed towards him. He closed his eyes expecting bashing of words or slaps.

Instead they cared to know if he didn’t get a cut from the broken bottle.

The waiter apologized and gave him a napkin to clean himself.

The janitor mopped the floor.

The female manager offered him a complimentary drink.

She also gave him a huge hug and a peck while saying, "Don't worry man. Who doesn't make mistakes?"

He has not stopped going to that bar since then.

#Lesson

Sometimes our attitude as believers drives souls to Hell.

You can make a difference by how you treat people especially when they make mistakes.

* IF you cannot be a bridge to connect people, then do not be a wall to separate them.

* IF you cannot be a light to brighten people's good deeds then do not be darkness covering their efforts.

* IF you cannot be water to help people's crops sprout, then do not be a pest destroying their crops.

* IF you cannot be a vaccine to give life, do not be a virus to terminate it.

* IF you cannot be a pencil to write anyone's happiness, then try to be a nice eraser to remove their sadness.

We can always be each others keeper, let us resolve to heal the world and make it a better place. Yes, we can.

#INSPIRE SOMEONE TODAY #👌
#God's plan
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👏🏾A great man once said if you
take all the money in the world and distribute them equally among people
after a while all the -monies will go back to their original owners. Why?

The poor are
mainly consumers and the rich are mainly investors.

Show me a POOR man and I'll show you a man who

P - Passes
O - Over
O - Opportunities
R - Repeatedly.

A man who sees challenges in every opportunity instead of seeing opportunity in every challenge.

Being a MAN is not a title, it's a responsibility. It means you have to answer financially in the
M - Morning
A - Afternoon and
N - Night.

You must take great risks to receive greater rewards.

You must plan and strategize, you must value profit not wages, you must be focused and you must be determined if you want good success.

Last but not least, You must involve God.

"The worst people on earth to serve are the POOR PEOPLE"

POOR: meaning "Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly"

See the reasons below:

1)Give them for free, they will think it is a trap.

2)Tell them it's a small investment, they will say you can't earn much.

3)Tell them to come in BIG, they will say "I don't have any money".

4)Tell them to try new things, they will say "no experience; has it been proven to work? Who has gained from it before?".

5)Tell them it's a traditional business, they'll say "it's too HARD to do".

6)Tell them it is a new business model, they will say "I don't do network marketing and how many years has this business model been existing?".

7)Tell them to run a shop, they will say "I will be tied down, I'll have no freedom".

8)Tell them to follow a 1-year business plan, they will say "it's too long. Please, I can't wait for so long".

9)Ask them what can they do? They will say "I can do ANYTHING".

10)They like to ask friends who are as hopeless as themselves to get their opinions. Blind people don't lead blind people.

11) They think more than a University Professor and do less than a blind man.

Penny wise, Pound foolish.

One major challenge POOR people have is "LACK OF ACTION!"

They enjoy their comfort zone, dwelling and swimming in their "own type of knowledge".

Anything beyond their reason "can't work, and therefore it is fraudulent"

This is the cause!

Remember: It's RISKY to take a RISK, but it's even RISKIER not to take any risk at all...

BE POSITIVE
BE SMART
BE PRO-ACTIVE

Learn to try out new things
The world is not ruled only by prayer warriors but by mental warriors who act and push with all they have

Act now!!!
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📢 REWARDS! REWARDS!! REWARDS!!! 📢

أَفْضَلُ الصِّيَامِ، بَعْدَ رَمَضَانَ، شَهْرُ اللَّهِ الْمُحَرَّمُ. وَأَفْضَلُ الصََّلاةِ، بَعْدَ الْفَرِيضَةِ، صََلاةُ اللَّيْلِ.

"The best of fasts after Ramadaan(fasts) is (fast observed in) Allaah's month of Muharram. And the best solah after the obligatory ones is the night prayer."
📚 Saheeh Muslim

We're presently in the month of Muharram, and based on the declaration of the beginning of the month according to our amiable leader, the Sultaan of Sokoto, may Allaah preserve him, today Saturday September 15, 2018 is Muharram 5, 1440, meaning Taasoo'aa & 'Aashooraa (9th and 10th of Muharram respectively) will fall on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of September respectively. It is recommended that we fast both days. If we can't, then let's fast at least 'Aashooraa (Thursday 20th September) - it's even a Thursday ☺, so you can combine the intentions of fasting on 'Aashooraa and fasting on a Thursday - for fasting on 'Aashooraa expiates the (minor) sins of a year.

Please 🙏🏾share to remind others. Imagine the rewards you'll get if those you share the message with fast as a result of your reminder 🙂, for indeed the one who points to a good deed gets the like of the doer's reward.

May Allaah reward us abundantly 🤲🏾.
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We don't always get what we want. But remember this, there are people who will never have what you have right now. Be happy with what you have.
GOOD MORNING🌖🌖

On This Day September 18, 2015.(3 years ago)

Two security personnel, 17 worshippers in a mosque, and 13 militants are killed during a Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan attack on a Pakistan Air Force base on the outskirts of Peshawar.
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This are the basis that our discussion would be bothered upon...
Introduction
Recognizing the wrong Act
Forgiveness from Allah
Forgiveness from a fellow Human Being
Forgiveness in the Quran
Forgiveness from the sunnah of the prophet (S.A.W)
Benefits of Forgiveness
Attributes of Allah that talks about forgiveness
Conclusion

RECOGNIZING THE WRONG ACT
The first step in asking for forgiveness is to recognize and admit the fact that you have made a mistake or committed a sin. This is a grave step because, many times, ego prevents us from even acknowledging that we have wronged. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “O Allah! Make me among those who, when they commit an act of virtue, feel good, and when they commit a mistake, they seek forgiveness.”

INTRODUCTION
An attribute which has received due attention in Islam and which has been extensively discussed in the Holy Quran, hadiths (Islamic traditions), and narrations relates to the issues of "Forgiveness" it signifies overlooking the offense and sin of a person who has purposefully or mistakenly done you wrong, such as insulting you by his words or beaten you up. Ignoring all these issues and not castigating the person who has committed this wrong is called" forgiveness". Forgiveness is of two types:

• We forgive someone when we are unable to take vengeance. This kind of pardon is, in fact, tantamount to patience and forbearance and not to forgiveness. In other words, it is a kind of helplessness and debility.

• We forgive someone when we have the power to take revenge. The forgiveness desired by Islam and its leaders relates to this kind.

In most utterances of our immaculate Imams (peace be upon them all), the word "Power" has been used wherever the issue of forgiveness has been raised.

We cite several such examples hereunder:

• Ali (a.s) said: The most deserving person to pardon others is the one who is most powerful in punishing others".

• In his last will while addressing Hareth Hamedani, Ali (a.s) stated: "Subdue your anger and forgive a guilty person while you are in power."

• When you gain power over the enemy, consider forgiving him as a sign of your gratitude for your power.

• Imam Sadeq (a.s) stated: "Pardoning others while one is in authority is consistent with the policy of the prophets and the abstemious people."

You can note that in all the aforementioned utterances, the word "Power" has been expressed: therefore, the forgiveness that Islam has in mind refers to pardoning others while one has the power to take vengeance; otherwise, a pardon arising out of lack of power, as mentioned earlier, is a sign of helplessness and debility. In other words, it is "a kind of tolerance."

With more deliberation into the meaning of the divine verses, we realize that Allah Almighty enjoins on His prophet pardon and connivance. Allah recommends him to observe good behavior while guiding the people, and keeps him away from getting involved with ignorant elements.

To make his "Messenger" completely successful, Allah warns him against paying heed to satanic temptations which are the biggest barrier before man in performing good deeds. To save His messenger, Allah commands him to seek refuge in him.

It becomes evident that granting pardon to an oppressor and abstaining from taking vengeance are not so simple tasks. Man needs a greater spiritual power with which to kill his carnal desires and sense of vengeance, and to grant "Pardon" while he has the ability to take revenge. For this reason, Allah Almighty introduces "the restraint of anger" as one of the attributes of a believer. This attribute pertains to people who suppress their anger and forgive others.

FORGIVENESS FROM ALLAH ALMIGHTY
In the Quran Al-Ghafoor (The Most Forgiving) occurs more than 70 times. There are other names from the same root, such as Ghafir and Ghaffar. The meaning of the Arabic word “ghafara” is to cover, to hide and from it comes the meaning “to excuse,” “to pardon,” “to remit” and “to forgive.”
In Islam, anyone who has committed a sin must turn to Allah to seek his Forgiveness. In the Quran, Allah says: "... Let them pardon and overlook. Would you not love for Allah to forgive you? Allah is Forgiving and Merciful." (Surah An-Nur 24:22)
From this verse, we can conclude that if someone asks for forgiveness with repentance then Allah will love him/her and surely He will forgive him/her. Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and He loves those who keep themselves pure.

FORGIVENESS FROM A FELLOW HUMAN BEING
If an individual wrongs another person, the act must first be redressed with the wronged individual who should be asked for forgiveness before asking forgiveness from Allah. The Prophet (S.A.W) said, "Whoever has oppressed another person concerning his reputation or anything else, he should beg him to forgive him before the Day of Resurrection when there will be no money (to compensate for wrong deeds), but if he has good deeds, those good deeds will be taken from him according to his oppression which he has done, and if he has no good deeds, the sins of the oppressed person will be loaded on him." Islam also teaches human beings to be forgiving and if someone sincerely asks for forgiveness, the wronged person should forgive him. The Prophet said, "Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins." If we expect forgiveness from Almighty Allah then we must also forgive others.

And Allah said:
الَّذِينَيُنفِقُونَفِيالسَّرَّاءِوَالضَّرَّاءِوَالْكَاظِمِينَالْغَيْظَوَالْعَافِينَعَنِالنَّاسِۗوَاللَّهُيُحِبُّالْمُحْسِنِينَ
The believers are those who spend in charity during ease and hardship and who restrain their anger and pardon the people, for Allah loves the doers of good.
(Surah Ali Imran 3:134)

FORGIVENESS IN THE QURAN
In the Holy Quran “forgiveness” and “mercy “are mentioned around 100 and 200 times respectively. An entire chapter of the Quran is devoted to the quality of mercy that is (Surah Rahman). We all know that Allah is the Most Merciful and He forgives those who ask forgiveness with repentance. There are so many Ayahs related to forgiveness in Quran some of them we will discuss below:

In Holy Quran Allah Almighty says: “. . . And let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran 24:22). In this ayah we are given the greatest motivation to push ourselves to forgive; it’s Allah’s forgiveness.

In another verse of Holy Quran, Allah Almighty says: “The reward of the evil is the evil thereof, but whosoever forgives and makes amends, his reward is upon God.” (Quran, 42:40). Whoever forgive others from the heart then Allah Almighty will give him reward and we know Allah’s rewards are best from all.

Allah Almighty says: “Whosoever desires honor, power, and glory then to Allah belong all honor, power, and glory [and one can get honor, power, and glory only by worshipping Allah (Alone)]. To Him ascend (all) the goodly words i.e. and the righteous deeds exalt it (the goodly words i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allah unless and until they are followed by good deeds), but those who plot evils, -theirs will be a severe torment. And the plotting of such will perish.” (Quran, 35:10).

In another verse of Holy Quran, Allah Almighty says: “That [is so]. And whoever responds [to injustice] with the equivalent of that with which he was harmed and then is tyrannized – Allah will surely aid him. Indeed, Allah is Pardoning and Forgiving.” (Quran, 22:60). From this verse, we can say that Allah Almighty is all forgiving and pardoning we should seek forgiveness from Him and try to forgive others too.

FORGIVENESS FROM THE SUNNAH OF PROPHET MUHAMMED (S.A.W)
Our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) was so kind and forgiving with all whether he be a believer or non-believer. We have so many examples from the life of Prophet (S.A.W) about forgiving others and showing kindness to even those who were so rude to Him. Some of the examples from the life of Holy Prophet (S.A.W) are mentioned below:

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you” (Musnad Ahmad). If we forgive others then Allah will forgive us so try to be kind and forgiving so that we can get kindness, love, and forgiveness from Allah Almighty.

Abu Abdullah Al-Khadali reported: I asked Aisha about the character of the Messenger of Allah Prophet (S.A.W). Aisha said: “The Prophet was not indecent, he was not obscene, he would not shout in the markets, and he would not respond to an evil deed with an evil deed, but rather he would pardon and overlook.” (Sunan At-Tirmidhi)

One example of the prophet (S.A.W) practice of forgiveness can be found in the Hadith, as follows: “The Prophet (S.A.W) was the most forgiving person. He was ever ready to forgive his enemies. When he went to Ta’if to preach the message of Allah, its people mistreated him, abused him and hit him with stones. He left the city humiliated and wounded. When he took shelter under a tree, the angel of Allah visited him and told him that Allah sent him to destroy the people of Ta’if because of their sin of maltreating their Prophet. Muhammad (S.A.W) prayed to Allah to save the people of Ta’if because what they did was out of their ignorance.”

Aisha (R.A) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH), said: “O Allah, You are forgiving and generous. You love to forgive.”(Sunan At-Tirmidhi)

Abu Hurairah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “I swear by Allah that I seek Allah’s Pardon and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” (Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (S.A.W) said: “O people! Ask for the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him as I ask for the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him one hundred times a day.”

These are some of the examples from the life of Prophet (S.A.W) and sayings of Him. From these examples and sayings we came to know that: Whoever does not show mercy will not receive mercy. Whoever does not forgive others will not be forgiven. Whoever does not pardon others will not be pardoned. Whoever does not protect others will not be protected. So try to forgive others to receive mercy and forgiveness from Allah Almighty and others.

BENEFITS OF FORGIVENESS
There are so many benefits of asking forgiveness from Allah Almighty some of them are given below:

Forgiveness from Almighty Allah brings joy reassurance and peace of mind. Allah Almighty says in Quran: {And [saying], “Seek Forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He Will Let you enjoy a good provision}(Quran 11: 3)

Forgiveness from Allah Results in the healthy and strong body free of diseases and disabilities.
Forgiveness saved from Fitnah and afflictions.

If someone wants righteous kids, lawful money and expanded sustenance then he/she should ask forgiveness from Almighty Allah.

If we want to increase rewards and want sins to be forgiven ask forgiveness from Almighty Allah. Almighty Allah Says: “And say, ‘Relieve us of our burdens.’ We will [then] forgive your sins for you, and We will Increase the doers of good [in goodness and reward].”(Quran 2: 58)

In Holy Quran, Allah Almighty says: “Kind Speech and Forgiveness are better than Charity “A kind and courteous word and forgiveness are (much) better than the charity that is followed by (such an emotional) abuse. Allah is free of all wants and the most Forbearing.” (Quran, 2:263).

ATTRIBUTES OF ALLAH THAT TALKS ABOUT FORGIVENESS
Al-`Afuw (The Pardoner): This has another part of forgiveness. This name occurs in the Qur’an five times. Literally, the word ‘Afw means “to release,” “to heal,” “to restore,” “to remit.” Thus in relation to God it means “to release us from the burden of punishment due to our sins and mistakes; to restore our honor after we have dishonored ourselves by committing sins and making mistakes.”

Al-Tawwab (The Acceptor of Repentance): This name of God is mentioned in the Qur’an about 11 times. Allah accepts repentance of those who sincerely repent and turn to him. The word “tawwab” gives the sense of “oft-returning,” which means that He again and again accepts the repentance. We make sins and mistakes then we repent, He accepts our repentance. Then again we commit sins and make mistakes and when we repent, He again very kindly accepts us and gives us another chance.

Al-Haleem (The Clement): This name is mentioned fifteen times in the Qur’an. This means that God is not quick to judgment. He gives time. He forebears and is patient to see His servant return to Him.

Al-Rahman and Al-Rahim (The Most Merciful and Compassionate): These names are the most frequent in the Qur’an. Al-Rahman is mentioned 57 times and al-Raheem is mentioned 115 times. Al-Rahman indicates that God’s mercy is abundant and plenty and Al-Raheem indicates that this is always the case with God. God is full of love and mercy and is ever Merciful.

CONCLUSION
In conclusion, when sincerely asking for forgiveness, the intention should be not to knowingly repeat the same sin again. No denying the fact that Allah is Mighty, Just and Wrathful, however, at the same time He is Merciful and forgiving. May Allah give us the strength to forgive others and also ask forgiveness from them! Ameen
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Below are the pertinent subtopics that will be discussed and some questions which have arose and will be answered consequently on salat al-istikharah...

Introduction
Dua for Istikhara
Transliteration
What is the wisdom behind prescribing Istikhara?
Can someone else perform Salat-ul-Istikhara on your behalf?
Does Istikhara mean you are indecisive?
Are dreams a necessary component of Istikhara?
What to recite in Salat-ul-Istikhara?
When should one pray Istikhara?
How many times do you need to perform Istikhara?
How does Istikhara work?
What if the result of Istikhara is against your will?
What is the outcome of Istikhara?
What is the best time to perform Istikhara?
Istikhara after a two Rakat mustahab Salah
Istikhara after Salah

Salat al-istikharah- The prayer of seeking guidance
Salat al-Istikharah is a prayer recited by Muslims when in need of guidance on an issue in their life. The salat is a two raka'ah salat performed to completion followed by the supplications. -Wikipedia

Introduction
Salat-ul-Istikhara is a Sunnah prescribed by the Prophet (PBUH) for anyone who is hesitant in making a decision regarding some action.

The meaning of this word is "to seek the good" or seek that which is good. This implies that when you are starting any new task, whether it is big or small, you should seek guidance from Allah by offering Salat-ul-istikhara (that is the prayer for success) because Allah alone realizes what is best for us, and there might be good in what we see as bad, and terrible in what we see as great.

If you are uncertain about a decision you want to make, then offer two Rakat of Salat-ul-istikhara to ask for Allah’s assistance in settling your choice. Istikhara prayer is a powerful tool that Allah has blessed us with so that before making any choice big or small we can ask for Allah’s guidance in all matters.

There are various phases of life in which we find ourselves in twisted situations. For example, when we make decisions related to good jobs, marriage proposals, professional studies, shifting to some other city, etc; at these times we feel like our decision can make our future life either prosperous or miserable.

We should consult Allah as he knows what is in our best interests. Glory and honor belong only to the Creator of this Universe who never leaves us alone; with this special prayer we can always ask for His guidance in helping us to make difficult decisions.

Dua for istikhara

By performing Salat-ul-istikhara, we are asking Allah to guide us towards the right path or show us a way that is best for us.

According to Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 21, Number 263: Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

The Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alaihi wasallam used to teach us the way of doing Istikhara (Istikhara means to ask Allah to guide one to the right sort of 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 thinks of doing any job he should offer a two Rakat prayer other than the compulsory ones and say (after the prayer)”

The Prayer in Arabic

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي

Transliteration

Allâhumma inni astakhiruka bi ilmika wa astaqdiruka biqudratika wa as’aluka min fadlikal-azimi, fa innaka taqdiru walâ aqdiru wa ta’lamu walâ a’lamu wa anta allamul ghuyubi. Allâhumma in kunta ta’lamu anna hâdhal amra khayrun li fi dini wa ma-ashi wa aqibati amri faqdir-hu li wa yassir-hu li thumma barik li fihi wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hâdhal amra sharrun li fi dini wa maâshi wa aqibati amri fasrifhu anni wasrifni anhu waqdir liyal-khayra haythu kâna thumma ardini.

Translation

“O Allah, verily I seek the better [of either choice] from You, by Your knowledge, and I seek ability from You, by Your power, and I ask You from Your immense bounty. For indeed You have power, and I am powerless; You have knowledge and I know not; You are the Knower of the unseen realms. O Allah, if You know that this matter is good for me with regard to my religion, my livelihood and the end of my affair then decree it for me, facilitate it for me, and grant me blessing in it. And if You know that this matter is not good for me with regard to my religion, my livelihood and the end of my affair then turn it away from me and me from it; and decree for me better than it, wherever it may be, and make me content with it.”

What is the wisdom behind prescribing Istikhara?

The wisdom behind prescribing Istikhara is that you give total submission to the command of Allah. You learn that you do not have any power or strength of your own. You learn that if you want to combine the goodness of both worlds you need to turn to Allah to seek his guidance.

By doing Istikhara, you are actually asking for the consent of Allah in a particular matter, and if the consent of Allah is with you, then no force on the face of this earth can stop you from achieving your goals.*

Can someone else perform Salat-ul-Istikhara on your behalf?

Most people ask that is it fine to ask religious professionals to perform Salat-ul-Istikhara on their behalf and tell them the results and what decisions to make within a few hours.

The answer to this question is that all of this is nothing besides acts of naivety. It is high time to highlight these incorrect customs because Istikhara is a beautiful Dua that Allah has gifted us so that we could seek his guidance in times of decision making.

So every Muslim should offer this prayer himself and put forward the concerned matter. If something is good for you, Allah will give you a direction and provide you a path, and if a certain matter is not in your favor, then Allah will change the direction and set you on a path that is best for you.

It is permitted to ask someone else to make 'Istikhara' as opposed to a 'Salat-ul-Istikhara,' given the conditions that they know you and know the considerations related to your circumstances. This is a form of seeking counsel which is a Sunnah.

After doing Istikhara, we have to keep asking for direction and should always appeal to Allah. Allah unfailingly knows better what is best for his creations. Being Muslims, we need to have a strong and firm conviction in Allah in every walk of life. Allah adores His creation seventy times more than any mom; this is why you must have faith that He will guide you and ease your pain.

Are dreams a necessary component of Istikhara?

Another important question most people ask is whether dreaming is a necessary component of Istikhara?

Thinking that only dreams can provide the answer to your difficulty you put forward by offering Salat-ul-istikhara is a misconception. Shockingly in opposition to the guidelines provided by the Prophet (PBUH), Muslims today depend altogether on the supplication to settle on their choices for them. That is, they offer the prayer and then totally depend on dreams to give the responses to them.

Most of the people keep repeating Salat-ul-istikhara for several days before sleeping and consult different dream books to interpret the symbols in their dreams. All these beliefs have no basis in the methodology that was taught by the Prophet (PBUH). However, it is not necessarily the case that a good dream may not be followed upon as an affirmation of a decision about which the Istikhara was made.

The correct view is that it is not necessary that only the dreams can provide you with the right answer to your problem. Sometimes it happens that Allah opens your heart and makes you feel content in doing a task that is good for you.

In other times He gives you signs by putting different obstacles in your path to push you away from doing a certain task that is not good for you. Remember when you are leaning towards a decision, and then you read Istikhara for final guidance, you still have to work hard towards that decision. You have to work hard and pray to Allah for guidance at the same time!

What to recite in Salat-ul-Istikhara?

The Hanafis, Maalikis, and Shaafa’is said that it is mustahabb after reciting al-Faatihah to recite Qul yaa ayyuha’l-kaafiroon in the first rak’ah and Qul huwa Allaahu ahad in the second. Al-Nawawi said, explaining the reason for that: It is appropriate to recite these in prayer, to show sincerity and expressing the leaving of your affairs to Allah. They (the Hanafis, Maalikis, and shaafa’is) said that it is also permissible to add other verses from the Quran where the context refers to the idea of making a choice or decision.

Some of the Salaf said that in praying Istikhara it is good to add, after reciting al-Faatihah, the following verses in the first Rakat:

“And your Lord creates whatsoever He wills and chooses; no choice have they (in any matter). Glorified is Allah, and exalted above all that they associate (as partners with Him).And your Lord knows what their breasts conceal, and what they reveal.

And He is Allah; Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshiped but He), all praises and thanks be to Him (both) in the first (i.e. in this world) and in the last (i.e. in the Hereafter). And for Him is the Decision, and to Him shall you (all) be returned.”

[al-Qasas 28:68 – interpretation of the meaning]

And the following verse in the second Rakat:

“It is not for a believer, man or woman when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error.”

[al-Ahzaab 33:36 – interpretation of the meaning]

The Hanbalis and some of the fuqaha’ did not say that any particular verses are to be recited when praying Istikhara.

When should one pray Istikhara?

The Hanafi’s, Maliki’s, Shaafa’is and Hanbalis stated that the right time for reciting the Dua is immediately after offering the prayer. This is in accordance to the hadith that was narrated by Prophet (PBUH).[Al-Mawsoo'ah al-Fiqhiyyah, part 3, p. 241] 

It is permissible to recite the dua both after and before saying the Salam, regardless of whether you are offering proper Salat-ul-istikhara or any other prayer. Making dua before the salaam is ideal because the Prophet (PBUH) used to make lots of dua before the salaam. It is said that before saying the Salaam the worshiper is still in the state of prayer, so it is preferable to recite the dua then.

How many times do you need to perform Istikhara?

The answer to this question is that it depends on your situation. For example, sometimes it takes only once to get the answer, but in other times it can take longer. If you are unclear about a decision even after offering the Salat-ul-istikhara, then it is recommended that the prayer should be repeated seven times. But if you receive your answer earlier and you get to know if something is good for you or not then there is no need to continue Salat-ul-istikhara for seven days.

How does Istikhara work?

When you recite the dua of Istikhara you say “…..O Allah! If You know that this job 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 job 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."

Through this dua, you leave the decision to Allah the Almighty to make you opt for the things that are in your best interest. Allah makes the matter easy for you by giving signs regarding what is good for you and what is not. Undoubtedly Allah knows best; He is the All-Seeing, All-Hearing and the best Planner.

What if the result of Istikhara is against your will?

Allah says in Qur’an: “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you, and perhaps you love a thing, and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not. ” (Qur’an 2:216)

We need to realize that through Istikhara we are asking Allah to guide us towards what is best for us. So even if the result is against your will, you should have a belief that Allah is the best planner and only he knows what is best for you. So you should be content with the ruling of Allah.

What is the outcome of Istikhara?

Salat-ul-istikhara is a Sunnah prescribed by the Prophet (PBUH) that you should follow in order to seek guidance from Allah in all matters of your life. If you follow the footsteps of our Holy Prophet (PBUH) you will secure the following benefits:

Divine Inspiration to the right path

Allah, the Glorious and the High is the purest perfect Being. There is no withholding in showering of His kindness and gifts onto His servants. When a true worshiper of Allah, with a genuine and an immaculate heart approaches Him for direction, then without uncertainty Allah will guide him towards that which is great and beneficial for him.

A way out of confusion

The Prophet (PBUH) said "O' 'Ali! Whosoever asks the best (from Allah), will never be confused, and whosoever asks for advice will never be regretful.”

In this hadith it is clearly indicated that if you consult Allah to guide you towards what is best for you, then you will never be confused.

Removal of remorse and sorrow

The greatest benefit of putting forward all your problems and asking for the best from Allah is to arrive at the stage where your heart is satisfied, all doubts are removed and there is no confusion or distress. You attain this strong belief that only Allah knows what is best for you and whatever he decides is in your best interest so you should follow His command wholeheartedly.

What is the best time to perform Istikhara?

The prohibited times for offering Salat-ul-istikhara is from the beginning of sunrise until 15-20 minutes later, when the sun is at its height (Zenith or Meridian), from the beginning of sunset until it is fully set. The ideal time to offer Salat-ul-istikhara is at the time of Duha prayer (after sunrise).

The best way of performing Salat-ul-istikhara is enlisted below;

Istikhara after a two Rakat mustahab Salah

Imam Al-Jawad (as) said: “It is best that you seek the best (from Allah) after a two Rakat Salah.” That is, you offer two Rakat Salah and then recite Istikhara prayer and then put your matter in front of Allah.

Istikhara after Salah

You should start by offering salah and then praise Allah and send blessings on the Holy Prophet and his family and then recite the dua of Istikhara;

"O Allah! I ask guidance from your knowledge and 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 know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this job 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 job 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."

Allah knows what is best for us so we should feel content with whatever Allah chooses for us and we should not seek to follow our own will especially when the answer to the Istikhara becomes clear. We should ask Allah to bestow His blessings upon us and give us beneficial knowledge. May He help us to act upon His commands in ways that are beloved to Him and assist us in following the footsteps of His beloved Prophet (PBUH). No doubt Allah is the All-Seeing, All-Hearing and the best Planner. May He guide us and ease all our difficulties. Ameen
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THINGS THAT CAUSE REGRET AT OLD AGE*

When younger we make various choices without the future in mind. Sometimes those choices bite us in our mid-life. These are some of the things one might regret when they're older.

1. Marrying the wrong person

When you're young, check your motives for marrying. Don't marry to copy your peers, or for social standing or out of pressure. Marry for love and companionship, marry the right person, marry your best friend. For if you marry the wrong person or for the wrong reasons, you will have to put up with that person the rest of your life. Things might get worse between you two; then depression, physical abuse, affairs, pain, shame, court cases, bitterness will define your mid-life years all because you chose the wrong one. Things will get worse when children are involved. Make the right choice of a spouse when you are young.

2. The opportunities you did not seize

When you are younger many doors will open, you will get many chances. Many young people let these opportunities go because of fear, laziness, or pride; yet well younger and with more energy is the best time to start a venture and a name for yourself. Some think the opportunities are too big for them. Take advantage of them or one day when you're older you will want to go back and grab those missed chances.

3. The bridges you burned

When we are younger, we care little for relationships, what most think about is getting money and moving up the ladder of success at all cost. Many use and trample on people to progress, they take relationships for granted, messing up bonds, sleeping with people for personal gain. But these bad actions will catch up with you ahead. When you will realize how empty life is without love and friends. When you will have success but no one around you or no one to trust you.

4. The child you aborted

You are a young lady, you get pregnant and you are scared. You take the aborting option quickly thinking of that moment then. But when you are much older, you will look back and wish you kept that baby. When you will be rich and successful you will wish that child you gave up on would be around to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Being a single mother doesn't mean you can't make it in life or you can't find a man in future.

5. The child you rejected

Young man, you impregnated a woman, she told you she's pregnant with your child. You rejected her and the baby and ran. But years later when you're 50 something, you will wish you were responsible, you will wish you manned up and became a father to that child. You will see that child excel and become an adult but will have no claim to that grown child who you rejected from the beginning. You will regret being a Dead Beat Dad by choice

6. The marriage you destroyed

So you get married to your good fiance; the first months in marriage were good but shortly after, with your money and charm, you started having affairs. You became unfaithful. Your spouse begged you to stop, your children started hurting, your marriage was collapsing. One day when you are older, it will hit you how foolish you were to destroy the good marriage you had began to build for mere temporary thrills in affairs that did you no good. You will realize the damage you caused to your children and spouse.

7. The God you disowned

When you are much older you become wiser, God becomes more real as you see life in a more meaningful way. But don't wait to get older to start enjoying a relationship with God. Know God when you are young, build your future with God. Don't be a young rebel who runs back to God when age catches up.

8. The body you messed up

You have only one body to live with all your life. The cigarettes, the alcohol you are abusing, the drugs you are taking, the unhealthy food you're consuming; all that will destroy you slowly. When you are 50 and lifestyle diseases catch up with you, you will wish you took care of your body when younger, that you exercised more; but now the damage is done.

9. The time you wasted

The time you are wasting when younger in worry, wrong relationships, laziness, being a couch potato, giving excuses and pursuing meaningless things; you will never get it back.

10. The dreams and talents you shelved

Are you talented when young; are there things you love to do and you are good at them? Nurture those talents, exploit them, don't give up even if you encounter set backs, don't give up on your dreams. If you give up, when you're older you will look at your peers who stuck to what they love and made it and think to self, "That could have been me". Pursue a career, study a course you love. Don't waste years of your life in a field that doesn't fulfill you.

11 The name you defamed

When you are older, a legacy is very important, the value of your name is crucial. You will ask yourself what is your reputation, what are you leaving behind? Your legacy is a sum total of your actions since youthful days. We write our biography by how we live life everyday. When you look back your path and you see the mud you threw at your own name, the shame you attracted and the little value you have added to the world; you will regret.

12. The wealth you threw away

Are you riding on good money during your productive years? Earning good money? Don't throw away that money in clubs, reckless living and wasteful shopping. Invest with that money, widen your revenue stream, make that money work for you and keep it safe to take care of you in your older years. Leave an inheritance for your loved ones so that you will never say "I wish I knew better"

13. The good love that got away

Is there that great person in your life loving you good? Don't push that person away, or else that person will walk out your life and you will never ever find someone that incredible and who connects with you all your life. It will torment you to grow older with thoughts of "What if I was still with that person?"

14 The parents you despised

When younger, it is easy to show contempt to your parents; what do your parent's know? They are old-fashioned, shady and small -minded. But your parents are still your parents whether you agree with them or not, whatever their style. Don't let your parent die or age separated from you, reconcile and make up. When you get older, you will realize why your parents wanted to be close to you. The older you get, the more you see the value.
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To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

LOSE ONE.

Remember....

Hold on tight to the ones you love!

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I dont know who created this mathematical formula,
But I think it took some brains.
The Qur'an has 114 chapters ,subtract your age from it,then add 1904 and you will get your year of birth.
O yaaa prove me wrong...........
Am waiting...✳✳✴✴✴◀➡
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Below are the pertinent subtopics that will be discussed and some questions which have arose and will be answered consequently on salat al-istikharah...

Introduction
Dua for Istikhara
Transliteration
What is the wisdom behind prescribing Istikhara?
Can someone else perform Salat-ul-Istikhara on your behalf?
Does Istikhara mean you are indecisive?
Are dreams a necessary component of Istikhara?
What to recite in Salat-ul-Istikhara?
When should one pray Istikhara?
How many times do you need to perform Istikhara?
How does Istikhara work?
What if the result of Istikhara is against your will?
What is the outcome of Istikhara?
What is the best time to perform Istikhara?
Istikhara after a two Rakat mustahab Salah
Istikhara after Salah
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In life, one of the most important choice you will need to make is who to marry. This choice is so important that if you miss it, you will suffer for long, if you get it right then you will enjoy forever.

-)Beautiful conversation between a husband and a wife :

Husband: Have you prayed Asr?

Wife: No

Husband: Why?

Wife: I got back from work tired a bit so I took me a nap.

Husband: Ok... Go pray Asr and Maghrib before its time for Isha.

The next day... the husband leaves town on a business trip... But a few hours after his flight was scheduled to arrive he didn't call or even text her like he usually does to let her know that he had arrived safely..!!

The wife calls to check up on her husband but he doesn't pick up.. She calls again; the phone rings but no reply what so ever.

She was starting to get worried after many attempts of calling her beloved husband and no reply at all... She thinks to herself something must have went wrong he never does that. He always calls as soon as he lands.

A few hours pass by... and suddenly the phone rings and its the husband. Wife all worried says: have you arrived safely??

Husband: Yes, Alhamdulillah.

Wife: When?

Husband: About 4 hours ago.

Wife in an angered tone: 4 hours ago? And you don't call?

Husband: I was tired so decided to take a nap.

Wife: A few minutes wouldn't have hurt you if you were to call me and let me know you'v arrived... Plus haven't you heard the phone ringing over and over again as I was calling you..??

Husband: Yes, I heard it..

Wife: And you don't pick up..?? What are my calls not important enough for you..??

Husband: You're calls are important to me, but yesterday you didn't seem to mind not answering the calls of Athan.. Allah's call...

Wife with watery eyes and after a short silence says: Yes, you have a point.. I'm sorry..

Husband: Why are you apologizing to me? You should seek Allah's forgiveness and don't repeat the same mistake twice. All what I want out of this world is that Allah unites us both in a palace in Jannah where in it we can start our eternal life together. Ever since that day the wife never delayed any of her prayers.

“The one who truly loves you is the one who pushes you forward on your path to Allah and gets in your way and stops you from going backwards in life.”

-)For Those who are Already in Marriage please read:

In marriage there are days you wish you had remained single. There are moments you look at your spouse and wonder “what was I thinking when I married her/him?” There are times you wish you had married someone different. There are times when you feel that divorce is the only option. There are instances you feel betrayed beyond recovery. There are times you feel that your love is being taken for granted. You are not alone. The truth is that every marriage has its fair share of difficult moments. Every marriage goes through rough times. Every husband & every wife experiences perplexing moments. Remember it's the rough surfaces that sharpen the best. Rough times are meant to build your marriage; not break it. The beauty of marriage is in realizing that difficult seasons are temporary moments. Straight roads don’t make experienced drivers. Keep on moving on! Better days are coming my luvly Sisters, Aunts,Uncles ,Mothers,Fathers,Brothers and friends!

May Allah( Subhanahu wa Ta’ala ) bless the marriage in Muslim Community And May Allah Subhanahu WaTa’ala give the Best Life Partner to as many who Truly Desire to Marry with the Right Motives in Allah ( Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)
Allahumma Ameen.

-) *My dear sisters and brothers in Islam :

"You must value those who advice you and call you towards goodness, they are the ones pushing you towards Jannah."*

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