Istikhara is seeking the guidance of Allah. So you want to open a business, you want to get married, you want to do something, .. a major and you’re confused about it. then you ask Allah, guide me, Allah, if this is good for me.
People say, how do I know the response of my Istikhara?
Go back and find out what you said. That’s the response. You said Oh Allah, if it is good for me, make it easy and facilitate it. Open the doors.
So you get up the following morning and Mashallah, The doors are opening, one after the other. That’s a sign. Allah is starting to open your doors.
You get up the following morning and your doors are closing one after the other. That’s a sign. Allah is closing the doors.
What comes down on Laylatul Qadr is everything that will happen of that year in terms of the recording of your sustenance, what you’re going to gain that year, your rizq, your sustenance is decreed. What will happen in terms of your lifespan, the events of the year that will come?
Ibn Abbas (ra) says that on that night (Laylatul Qadr), who’s going to pass away that year comes down.
That’s why, as you are in the end of Ramadan, one of the most blessed things
We’re not a people who make dua for long lives just for the sake of living long. We are people who make dua for Allah to take us from this life when it is best for us, when we’re in the best state of Imam /faith.
Because there is no rizq that will be decreed that is more precious than a good ending.
we say, oh, Allah, take me away when you are pleased with me.
In life we will face many tests, Allah has told this in the Qur’an.
This is not to torture us but to test and build our character. In Surah Baqarah it tells us “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear.” Surah Baqarah Ayat 286
We may have difficulties and challenges but nothing which we can’t handle. All our trials in life are things which can push us to the edge but not enough to knock us off the cliff. Subhanallah.
It was narrated from ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) that a mukatib (slave who had entered into a contract of manumission) came to him and said: “I am unable to pay off my manumission; help me.” He said: “Shall I not tell you some words which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught me? And if you have debt like the mountain of Seer, Allah will pay it off for you. He said: ‘Say:
“O Allaah! Provide me with lawful (Halal) livelihood, adequate to my needs instead of the unlawful (Haram), and make me suffice with Your graces needing nothing from anyone else”
“Astaghfirullah al-’Azeem al-lazi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih ”
[I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Mighty, Whom there is none worthy of worship except Him, The Living, The Eternal, and I repent unto Him] … even if he has committed sins as much as the the foam of an ocean, still he will be forgiven. [Abu Dawud- 2:85/ Tirmidhi 5:569]
Istighfar ((Seeking forgiveness) is so important because
According to the Hadith the Prophet Muhammad (saws) used to recite this supplication in the morning when first waking up and in the evening.
“O Allah, I ask you for Afiyah.”
Afiyah is an all encompassing word referring to overall well-being. This can include health, wealth, and safety from anything that may be deemed as harmful.
To be saved from any afflictions, you are in Afiyah.
To be healthy, you are in Afiyah.
To have enough money, you are in Afiyah.
To live, you are in Afiyah.
To have your children protected, you are in Afiyah.
And if you are forgiven and not punished, you are in Afiyah.
In the dua Dunya refers to this worldly life and the akhirah meaning the afterlife.
From the hadith of Abu Hurayrah in the two authentic books, it is narrated that the prophet Muhammed (SAW) said, “From my nation a group of seventy thousand [people will] enter paradise whose faces [will] illuminate [like the] illumination of the full moon. (n the hadith narrated in Bukhari )
One of the category is “and they used to put their trust [only] in their Lord.”
In a state of pain or sad, we are also advised to say alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli haal (All praise and thanks are only for Allah in all circumstances)..
May Allah ta’ala grant ease to those in hardship and allow us to see and be grateful for all of His favours upon us despite whatever difficulties we might be going through, ameen.
Some people are drifting away from Allah subhanaw Taala and Allah did not answer my Dua. But Prophet (Pbuh) explains to us, every one of you will be responded to and is responded to for as long as you don’t make haste.
We know that Allah is the most merciful. We know that He is the most kind. Al-Ghafoor, Al-Ghaffer means one who constantly forgives not one time, many times. Every time you do wrong He forgives you. That is Al-Gaffer. Then Allah (swt) is Al-wadud / the most loving. Allah (Swt) is Ar-Rahim/ the most merciful. Ar-Raman also the most merciful, different type of mercy.
Don’t ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Shaitan’s plot is to make you lose your link with Allah by making you lose hope in the mercy of Allah.
Don’t ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah. So that means if you lose hope in the mercy of Allah, you are going against the command of Allah. If you lose hope in the mercy of Allah, you are committing a major sin against Allah. The idea is never to lose hope in the mercy of Allah, no matter where Shaitan took you. Come back, no matter where he took you. Allah will forgive and Allah forgives and will forgive your sins, all of them. Indeed, He is the one who is al-ghafoor/ the most forgiving, Ar-Rahim. Surely we need to go and meet Him.