Guidance Needed

Question:

Salam `alekum,

First of all I want to tell you I’m not a Muslim, but I’m interested in worship of Allah… Can you help me and tell me more about worship?

What is WAZIFA & ISTAKHAARA ?

Thanks.

Answer:

You are not yet an “official” Muslim, but Islam is in your heart. With time it will manifest on the tongue and in the limbs, and once this occurs, with the testimony of faith, you will move from the state of seeking to the state of submission.

Prophet Abraham, upon whom be God’s untold blessings, said:

{“For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah.}
(Surat al-An`am, 6:79)

{“It is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong - that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) guidance.”}
(Surat al-An`am, 6:81)

The chapter of Holy Qur’an continues:

That was the reasoning about Us, which We gave to Abraham (to use) against his people: We raise whom We will, degree after degree: for thy Lord is full of wisdom and knowledge. We gave him Isaac and Jacob: all (three) guided: and before him, We guided Noah, and among his progeny, David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses, and Aaron: thus do We reward those who do good: And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous: And Isma’il and Elisha, and Jonas, and Lot: and to all We gave favour above the nations:(To them) and to their fathers, and progeny and brethren: We chose them, and we guided them to a straight way. This is the guidance of Allah. He giveth that guidance to whom He pleaseth, of His worshippers. If they were to join other gods with Him, all that they did would be vain for them. These were the men to whom We gave the Book, and authority, and prophethood: if these (their descendants) reject them, Behold! We shall entrust their charge to a new people who reject them not. (Surat al-An`am, 6:82-89)

Worship is to place yourself before Allah, God, the Creator, with utmost sincerity and humbleness seeking only to make the Lord happy. Wazifa is a specified set of practices designed to bring the practitioner closer to the Divine Presence. Istikhara is to ask God’s Divine Guidance in any affair.

Taher Siddiqui

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