Divine Decision Lottery
Istikharih in Shi'a Islam
Speaker & Compiler: Engineer Afsaneh Cooper
In Islam there are about six methods of decision making:
1. Istikharih by relating to Allah [I & II]
2. Istikharih by Heart [I & II]
3. Istikharih by Consultation [in process]
4. Istikharih by Holy Qur'an
5. Istikharih by Bids or gravels
6. Istikharih by Cards or Letters
7. Istikharih by absolute devotion to Allah
Mafatih ul Ghaib in Methods of Divine Decision Making [Istikharih], by Allamih Muhammad Baqir
Majlisy [gate to 12 infallible Imams], Translated by Sayyid Muhammad Ja`afar Roudhaty, second
Edition, Fouzhan Publication, Iran, ISBN 964- 91167-2-9
- These six methods are recorded on eight audio files in Persian which you can listen to here:
8. Divine Decision Making:
a. Make a Wodhu
b. Sit towards Qiblah
c. Read Surah: Alfatiha (1) time
d. Read Surah Alikhlas (3) times
e. Read: Allahummah Salli Ala Mhuhammadin va Ali
Muhammad (14) times -[Peace be upon Muhammad and his progenies] - It is better to count
by Tasbih [bids]
f. Say: O' Allah, to the high right of Qur'an and to the rights of Muhammad and his progenies
(peace be upon them, guide me to the right path in this task.
g. Then make your intention pure for Allah and open a page from Holy Qur'an. On the right side
page, first verse, look at the meaning of the verse, then act upon that verse. The opening of
the Quran online also is possible. Please click on the following link 9 to know how?
or for divine estekhareh for marriage, read the following item 14 to know how to open the
Qur'an on the Go, using mobile phone application?
9. Online Istikharah [Divine Method of Decision Making]
10. Istikharih through website of Ayatullah
11. Online Istikharah by Qur'an
12. Istikharah by random opening of Qur'an and online - Islamic Scholars' Views
13. Ayatullah Sanaei Istikharih method
14. Mobile Application for Estekhareh: search for "estekhareh" on "Play Store" in Android mobile and
install applications: استخاره ازدواج and فال انبیا on your android mobile phone.
15. Spouse's Merits Optimization Rubric: Before using above methods of estekhareh for choosing
the spouse among your candidates, you need to find some candidates [say 10], and you need to
set some merits [say 24 (Divine or cultural merits)] for your candidates related to the
duties/attributes these candidates would have as a spouse in your life. For these merits you need
to set some "Cell Marks" [say 1-10]. Then after you filled your Spouse Candidate's Rubric
[please see above table and print the two pdf files] with cell marks for each of your ten
candidates, you start adding all 24 cell marks for each candidate in each row of this table [Rubric].
Then you would generate one grade for each candidate at the end of the row for each one. After
you wrote all ten grades for your ten candidates in the Rubric, you would have a filled column
titled: Sum of Mertis. Sort this column and write each candidate's rank under column titled:
Candidate's Rank. Then write the highest grade in the Cell titled: Optimum Candiadate
Grade. Divide this grade by 240 and then multiply the result by 100. Write the result in the Cell
titled: Optimum Candiadate Absolute Grade.
Find Candidate's Code from the Rubric in first left column. Write this number in Cell titled:
Optimum Candidate Code. Compare this optimum candidate's Absolute grade with
Distinction Grade. Then start using method written in item 8 in this web page to do estekhareh
with Devine Decision Making. Or use method 6: Istikharih by Cards or Letters.
Try these simple rules before sun rise and when the morning prayer was finished. Leave
the cards or letters under your worship mat. Always have Wudhu when you do
estekhareh and best to do estekhareh in holy places such as mosque, Imamzadeh, Haram
of infallible Imams, House of Allah [Mecca], etc.
In title of image "Candidate's Merits Optimization Rubric" numbers 1-24 in top row, relates to
N1-N24 Devine Merits or R1-R24 Cultural Merits in PDF File [or image] of "24 Spouse Merits List".
To see Candidates' notes [C1-C24] related to this 24 merits list, please type SH0806 and in web
page opens read "Good Wife in the eyes of Muhammad (s.a.), then compare those 24 N1-N24
attributes which Prophet Muhammad [s.a.] explains in his traditions with attributes in list R1-R24
which culturally world people might like to find in their desired wife! You can even fill the Rubric
with 24 of your other merits. While Khadijah Shi'a wife of Prophet Muhammad possessed most of
these 24 Divine Merits, she died before Islamic calendar started!!!
16. Who Changed the Poll in Australian Federal Election?
There is a method which is used in politics using poll and calling people's mobile phones to predict the possibility of
a politician being a prime minister or president in Federal Election. This method has proved to be wrong after the
Federal election in USA and Australia. In Islam after people asked Imam Ali (a.s.) whether he has seen God or not
he answered he would not worship a God he had never seen! He explained he saw God after he planned something,
but then noticed that someone changed his plans. In Australian Federal Election on Saturday May 18, 2019 even
on Friday nights poll predicted 51/49 for Australian Labor Party [ALP]/Liberal Party winning, however on the
election day of May 18 the results of counting the real votes of Australian people showed Liberal Party is a winner of
the Prime Minister position. Looking at the previous actions of the Labor Party during 2017-2019 as the second
most popular major political party in Australia, supporting gay marriages (marriage equality) which is forbidden in
Divine Law of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, could make Allah to change the destiny of Australian Labor Party,
based on this illegitimate activity they did against Divine Law! So Scott Morrison who is religious, won the election
of 2019 to stay PM of Australia. A Professor of Australian University thinks this is the method of Polling which is not
accurate, he suggests instead they use social media to extract data for predicting who is more likely to win in
Federal Election. I think no one except Allah can decide who is going to win the election. It is more likely that Allah
changes the plans of those who take actions against the Divine Laws. However world is moving towards Christians
supporting their religious values such as "male/female marriages" and not "gay marriages"! as the result of real
election in 2019 in Australia shows.
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