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who was then a Zaydi, narrated, 'I went to Baghdad. While I was there, I saw the people congratulating each other all of a sudden, exchanging honourable greetings and standing up. I asked, 'What is this?' They replied, 'The son of al-Rida [has come].' Then I said, 'Indeed I must see him'. Then he appeared on a male or female donkey. I said, may the curse of Allah be upon the supporters of Imama who believe that Allah has made obedience to this [type of person] mandatory.' At that very moment, he turned to me and said, ?O sim b. 'Abd al-Rahman, Are we to follow a lone human from ourselves?! Indeed then we would be in error and madness. [He continued]: 'So I said to myself, 'A sorcerer, by Allah!', and he turned to me again, and said, Has the Reminder been cast upon him from among us? Rather he is a self-conceited liar. [He continued]: 'So I left, believing in Imama and bore witness that verily he is the proof of Allah on His creation and had faith in him.'

al-Qasim b. 'Abd al-Rahman,
Kashf al-Ghamma, v. 3, p. 153

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Question : #493 Category: Marriage - Nikkah
Subject: istikhara for marriage
Question: Salam Alaikum,

I was wondering if one can perform "istikhara" before wanting to get married, in order to seek Allah's help in their decision, by asking whether they have a good future together.

So, is making an Istikhara valid for choosing your spouse?

JazakAllah Khair.
Answer: One may resort to istikhara in situations where he is confused and cannot prefer one side [of the issue] to the other, after having pondered over it and having consulted [those who know about it].

So istikhara is done when you are confused and perplexed, and is considered as a last resort after it has been assessed logically from every aspect and perspective. One must also consult experts or wise individuals to see if he can reach a decision.
If after consultation he still remains confused, he can then do Istikhara. You must know that when an act is good in itself, there is no need to make Istikhara for it.

Excercising istikhara may be appropriate in a marriage situation when it lays outside of normal circumstances such as there hasn't been any form of contact/interaction between the two parties and a decision has to be made urgently, and one is unable to use Aql/Intellect with the understanding of the Sharia.

So It is not recommended to exercise istikhara for your situation.

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