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.
If something bad earns you a sin, the opposite of it, when it’s good, will earn you a reward.
I’ll give you an example, the hadith of the Prophet (pbuh), he says, you know, when you fulfill your base desire in a halal way, you get a reward; reward of a charity.
One of the methods that Allah uses to bring us closer to Him is by inflicting us with something we perceive as negative and if you came closer to Allah because of any one of those things or anything negative, It was the blessing of Allah and it’s the mercy of Allah and the gift of Allah.
But if Allah blessed you and gave you and did everything for you, and you passed with flying colors and you’ve got authority and you’ve got good looks and you’ve got lots of knowledge, and you’ve got lots of this and whatever else it may be, if that drifted you away from Allah, it cannot be the mercy of Allah.
So understand the favors of Allah and let it bring you closer to Allah.
Get acquainted with Allah during your days of ease. Get close to Allah, when nothing is wrong in your life, everything is smooth sailing, then go close to Allah. So what will happen when the days are tough for you?
Allah will come to you.
That the day we are tested with sadness, we can navigate through it by developing a beautiful relationship with Allah.
Sadness has come to me. It has come to you. It will come to me. It will come to you in greater way. You’re a human. You’re allowed to feel sad. May Allah Almighty help us to become closer to Him.
It is only with prayer and it is only with patience that Allah Almighty will open your doors and alleviate the sadness.
So remember, bear patience upon what has befallen on you. Think of the positives while you’re in the negative.
And we know something; Things we say not replaceable but Allah will replace it with something better in the hereafter.
When you see the reward of your Sabr / patience, In Sha Allah, you won’t be let down.
When people are sad, they do different things to deal with the sadness.
If a person is void of faith and connection with Allah, they do something that makes them more sad.
But Allah Almighty teaches us that the remedy for sadness is a long term commitment.
Even if someone were to throw the whole world at you in terms of materialistic items it will not eradicate that sadness.
When you are happy, remember Allah and ask Allah protect me from anxiety and sadness. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, used to make duah, supplicate, call out to Allah, oh Allah protect me from sadness, anxiety, protect me from my miserliness.
Never let your happiness disconnect you from Allah and never let your sadness disconnect you from Allah either.
So sometimes when you’re getting a lot of things, it could be something negative, when? If you’ve been driven away from Allah by what you received.
That’s why when you get good things; it must lead you to become a better person.
The best of us, from among those who have been blessed by Allah with the worldly things, is he or she who is humble, humble.
Never let your happiness disconnect you from Allah. And never let your sadness disconnect you from Allah.
Whenever you’re happy, thank Allah; Two units of prayer.
Whenever you’re sad, praise Allah; Two units of prayer. Seek help from Him.
I promise, if anything has ever brought you close to your Maker, even by a millimeter, it was a blessing from Allah, not a punishment. A punishment is when you’re driven so far away from Allah that you’ve just forgotten it.
So sometimes when you’re getting a lot of things, it could be something negative. When if you’ve been driven away from Allah by what you received.
The Muslim wayfarer to Allah the home of the hereafter, is unable to complete his journey to his Lord in the absence of three bits of luggage.
There can be no pleasing of Allah, no safety in the grave, no help in the hereafter, nor success when we arrive at the gates of Paradise Without these three pieces of luggage:
The first is to unify Allah Almighty in worship.
And the second piece of luggage is ..conformity to the Prophetic way.
And the third of them is .., the purification of the soul.
There is no success without them. It was the provision of every prophet and righteous man and woman till the end of times.
Nothing is impossible for Allah. We believe that Allah creates from nothing. He doesn’t need a thing to create.
let’s not be fooled.
We believe in Allah. We believe there is a Maker. We believe that He alone deserves to be worshipped. Because we know on the day of Qiyamah and Judgment, we will be standing with our account in front of the Almighty.
what we have is nothing that you need to be excited about if it is drifting you away from Allah.
But remember one thing, Allah exists; number one. Number, two your life is very short and so is mine.; Extremely short. You have to go back to Allah.
And when you go back to Allah, He’s going to ask you how did you spend your short time on earth?
So prepare for that day. Use whatever Allah gave you, uniquely yours to enter jannah. But don’t forget the pillars of Islam and your primary duties unto Allah.
speak to people with respect and understand that Allah is the greatest.
Focused on something else material, that is not a necessity, but it has snatched away our happiness.
And for this reason, Allah Almighty has always asked us to look at those who have less than you in order for you to be able to appreciate the favors of Allah upon you when it comes to material items.
Allah almighty knows that as time ticks, there will always be something more advanced than what you have.
So if you’re going to run behind the worldly items, remember, they will always run faster than you.
When Allah Almighty created us, He has already predestined several things about us in a little bit of detail. Allah knows about the future because the knowledge of Allah is unique, unlike yours and mine. What will happen in the future, Allah knows exactly how it will pan out. He knows exactly the what choices people will make.
Allah almighty is great. And we’ve got to continue having hope and calling out to Allah.
That’s the Hadith, prophet, peace be upon him, says the greater the test, naturally, the greater the reward, the more difficult the examination, naturally, the greater the certificate.
Why should I even ask Allah if it’s already predestined? The Hadith says one thing that can move your predestined matters to a degree is dua and another is charity.
Alalh says, you desperately sought a certain thing from Us which we didn’t give you because we didn’t give that to you, We loved the way you asked Us and your sincerity and the way you worshipped Us By asking Us, We will give you paradise in return.