The Hadith ‘The one who performs istikharah will not be unsuccessful’

Question

Where can I find this Hadith and is it authentic?

“The one who performs istikharah will not be unsuccessful and the one who makes mashwarah [takes counsel] will never regret”

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded these words on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6623 and Al Mu’jamus Saghir, Hadith: 980)

 

Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani, Hafiz Haythami (rahimahumallah) and other Muhaddithun have declared the chain extremely weak.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6382, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 96. Also see: Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 508)

 

However, the command of istikharah and mashwarah [consulting] have been proven in many authentic narrations. In fact in the Holy Quran (Surah Aalu ‘Imran, Verse: 159), ‘Allah Ta’ala instructs Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to consult the Sahabah as well.

See a detailed booklet on istikharah here.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar