Istikhaarah prayer is not a means to discover the unseen
Fatwa No: 37529

  • Fatwa Date:15-1-2014 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 14, 1435
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Question

I proposed to a girl after performing Istikhaarah and noticed that the matter was facilitated. However, after a while and due to the differences in our social statuses, my proposal was rejected. My question is; should I propose to this girl again, especially since my financial situation has improved somewhat, or does this constitute an objection to the Choice of Allaah The Exalted? May Allaah The Almighty Reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

You should know that, when we perform Istikhaarah (i.e. the guidance-seeking prayer) and Allaah The Exalted Facilitates the matter or Renders it difficult (and Distances it from us), we cannot be positive that this is the Choice of Allaah The Exalted for us. The Istikhaarah prayer is not a means to know about the unseen or to identify the Choice of Allaah The Exalted for us. Therefore, there is no harm in proposing to this girl again as long as she is religious and well-mannered. If your matter is facilitated, then all praise is due to Allaah The Exalted. Otherwise, you may propose to any other righteous girl. It may possibly even be better for you not to marry this girl.

Allaah Knows best.

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