Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: I have been doing Istikhara for the last few days and one night recently I had a dream afterwards. I am not sure if this dream is relevant or if there is any interpretation for it with regards to problems I’m dealing with.
Answer: assalamu `alaykum
What needs to be noted is that the answer to one’s guidance prayer (istikhara) does not come simply in the form of dreams and feelings but in how Allah facilitates and unfolds events for an individual after he or she genuinely strives to do what is best.
As such, with the guidance prayer, a person needs to:
a. Take the most effective means, which includes consulting those whose knowledge and wisdom one has confidence in, and
b. Place their trust in Allah.
Lastly, one needs to be patient in terms of receiving the answer to their prayers. As Ibn `Ata’illah states, “If you make intense supplication and the timing of the answer is delayed, do not despair of it. His reply to you is guaranteed; but in the way He chooses, not the way you choose, and at the moment He desires, not the moment you desire.” [Ibn `Ata’illah, Hikam]
This echoes the words of our Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). “The supplication of everyone of your is granted as long as he does not show haste and say that he made a supplication but it was not accepted.” [Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah]
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani