Monday, February 13, 2012

Ways and Istikharah Prayer Ruling

Ways and Istikharah Prayer Ruling

Istikharah according to Imam al-Nawawi in adzkar book is highly recommended (sunnah) in all cases that have few alternatives.History of the Prophet in a hadith of Jabir Ibn Abdillah ra said:
اذا هم أحد كم بالأمر فليركع ركعتين ثم ليقل: أللهم ... (رواه البخاري)
If one of you want to make the case / matter, then bow down (Pray) two cycles: then pray ... (Narrated by Bukhari)
Editorial in the Hadith use the word 'al-amr' which means the case or matter containing a general meaning. Yet many cases must not have in-istikharahi. Because we have no other choice.Namely that must be done or forbidden to be abandoned. No need istikharah whether to pray or not, for example. Likewise, stealing, adultery and the like.
Istikharah is an effort to ask God Almighty to give us the best choice for the things that we do have the right to choose between work and leave. Such work, for example, we are allowed to work as traders, farmers, businessmen and so on.Istikharah very simple prayer, that prayer of two rak'ahs with the intention istikharah:
أصلى سنة الإستخارة ركعتين لله تعالى
I intend to pray two rak'ahs istikharah because Allah Ta'ala
The first cycles after reading the letter of al-Fatihah memabaca al-infidels. And second cycles after al-Fatihah read the letter al-Ikhlas. Then after reading the prayer of greeting:
اللهم إني أستخيرك بعلمك, وأستقدرك بقدرتك, وأسألك من فضلك العظيم, فإنك تقدر ولا أقدر, وتعلم ولا أعلم, وأنت علام الغيوب. اللهم إن كنت تعلم أن هذا الأمر - ويسمى حاجته - خير لي في ديني ومعاشي وعاقبة أمري فاقدره لي ويسره لي ثم بارك لي فيه, وإن كنت تعلم أن هذا الأمر شر لي في ديني ومعاشي وعاقبة أمري فاصرفه عني واصرفني عنه واقدر لي الخير حيث كان ثم أرضني به
"O Allah, I ask the right choice to you with your knowledge of science and I beg your power (to overcome my problem) with kemahakuasaanMu. I ask You something of anugerahMu to Spirit, Thou art the Almighty, seeing there is no power, you know, while I do not know, and Thou art the Knower of things unseen. O God, when You know that this affair (people who have a basic need should call the matter) is better in my religion, and the effect on me sukseskanlah for me, really easy way, then give a blessing. But if you know that this question is more dangerous for me in religion, the economy and consequently to myself, then get rid of the problem, and keep me from it, destined for the good of my goodness wherever it is, then give willingness to me. "
After prayers istikharah, usually in the liver arise a sense of calm and steady against the existing one alternative. It could also result istikharah known through dreams, with cues and certain symbols.If still in doubt, istikharah can be repeated two or three times.
Sources: KH.MA. Sahal Mahfudh. Problems Dialaog people.New York: Khalista & LTN NU

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