Writing Supplications and Istikharah | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei

Writing Supplications and Istikharah
Q1422. Is it permissible to pay or receive money in return for writing supplications?
A: There is no harm in paying or receiving money for writing authentic supplications.
Q1423. What is the ruling in the matter of supplications whose writers allege that they are found in old books? Are these supplications lawfully recognized? And what is the view on reciting them?
A: If the supplications transmitted from the Imams (a.s.) or their contents are right, there is no harm in seeking the blessing from them. Nor is there any harm in seeking blessing in the ones whose authenticity is in doubt in the hope that they might have emanated from the infallible Imams (a.s.).
Q1424. Is it obligatory to act upon istikharah?
A: Acting upon istikharah is not binding as per shar. However, it is preferable not to act against its outcome.
Q1425. According to common belief, there is no place for istikharah in doing charitable work. Is it, therefore, permissible to rely on istikharah in order to determine the best way to go about doing this work or with a view to circumventing unforeseen problems in the process? And is istikharah a means of knowing the unseen or does no one, apart from Allah, the Exalted, know about it?
A: Istikharah should be embarked on as a way of overcoming indecision over doing lawful things, regardless of the nature of indecision, i.e., whether it is emanated from the nature of the intended action or the route taken to do it. Accordingly, doing charitable work, which does not call for indecision, should not necessitate resorting to istikharah. Istikharah is not a means to foretelling the future of the person or the work.
Q1426. Is it right to resort to istikharah by way of consulting the Holy Quran in matters such as divorce? And what is the view on not acting on the result of istikharah, having done it?
A: The permissibility of doing istikharah by consulting the Holy Quran, or by way of prayer beads, is not confined to certain issues to the exclusion of others. Istikharah could be made in all lawful circumstances where the person concerned is unable to decide upon the matter. It is not lawfully binding to follow the result of istikharah, although it is advisable not to go against it.


Q1427. Is it proper to resort to istikharah, by consulting the Holy Quran or by prayer beads, in decisive matters, such as marriage?
A: For making a decision on a matter, it is preferable to ponder about it and to consult experienced trustworthy people about it. If these steps fail to remove his/her indecision, one can resort to istikharah.
Q1428. Is it right to take istikharah more than once for the same issue?
A: Since istikharah is sought as a means of removing the state of indecision, a goal that should have been achieved by the first one, there is no point in repeating the same. However, should the subject of istikharah change, one can do istikharah afresh.
Q1429. Sometimes a person comes by some leaflets containing some information about miracles of Imam Rida (a.s.). The publishers of such leaflets usually make a request that the reader makes more copies of them for distribution to other people and in so doing they would achieve what they aspire to. Is there any truth in this? And is it obligatory on the reader to comply with the request of the publishers?
A: There is no evidence in Islamic law that this has any weight. The reader has no obligation towards acceding to the publishers request.