Marriage holds significant importance in Islam as it is considered one of the essential acts of worship. Islam encourages believers to get married and establish a family, as it is believed to be a means of seeking the advice of Allah and obtaining His blessings. Some of the reasons why marriage is considered necessary in Islam are:
The Prophet (ﷺ) repeatedly emphasized the importance of marriage. There are numerous hadiths which talk about the importance of marriage. Some of these are mentioned below.
Istikhara is a prayer of guidance performed by Muslims before making an important decision or taking significant action. It is a way to seek Allah’s help and advice to make the right decision. The word “istikhara” itself means “seeking guidance from Allah”. It is usually performed after the two units of voluntary prayer (Salat-ul-Istikhara). It involves supplicating Allah to guide one to the right path and make the decision easy for them. After performing the prayer, one should trust in Allah’s wisdom and make the decision one feel is right.
The Right Way of Doing Istikhara is as Follows:
You should know that istikhara doesn’t guarantee a specific outcome but rather a means of seeking guidance from Allah. It is also recommended to consult with knowledgeable people and seek advice from trusted sources before making important decisions.
Some of the wrong ways of doing istikhara are:
Several hadiths mention istikhara, but one of the most well-known hadiths about istikhara is the following: Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If anyone of you has to take a decision, he should offer a two rakat other than the obligatory ones and say (after the prayer): —
Translation: Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) would teach us the istikhara (seeking guidance from Allah) for all matters as he would teach us a chapter from the Quran. He said: