Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah (ra) said:
“The Holy Prophet (saw) taught us to perform the Istikharah prayer for all matters of our lives. He would teach it to us with the same emphasis as he did with Surahs of the Holy Quran.” (Sunan Nasai, Book of Marriage)
Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali (ra), a companion of the Promised Messiah (as) shares how the Promised Messiah (as) would use the Istikharah Prayer in his life. He states:
“It was the practice of the Promised Messiah (as) to pray the Istikharah Prayer before beginning any important work or matter in his life. The true purpose of Istikharah should be to seek God’s blessing in any endeavor you are about to start. When we pray the Istikharah prayer, Allah will then open the doors of ease and opportunity for such things that are deemed beneficial for our lives. You are then able to achieve these things without any hurdle, and God places a sense of contentment and peace in your heart for that particular matter.”
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