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How to seek Guidance in Islam?

by | Jan 19, 2023

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Guidance In Islam is the blessing that one can have. It is only Allah’s Guidance that guides you to the straight path. If someone is on the right path, the Blessing of Allah directs them between right and wrong deeds.

In the Quran, it is mentioned that the Guidance in Islam is only Allah’s Guidance.

قُلۡ اِنَّ هُدَى اللّٰهِ هُوَ الۡهُدٰى

“Indeed the only guidance is Allah’s Guidance!” (Al-Quran 6:7)

Guidance in Islam refers to Muslims’ principles and teachings to live a moral and fulfilling life. The Quran, revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, guides various aspects of life, including belief, morality, social interactions, and personal conduct.

In addition to the Quran, Muslims also rely on the Hadiths, the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 

What Does Quran say about Guidance in Islam?

A believer should seek Guidance from Quran. Allah revealed the Quran just for human beings’ Guidance because Creator knows where success and failure lie.

As Allah says in Quran, 

قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ

“And declare (O Muhammad) that [the Quran] is a guidance and healing for the believers.” 

(Al-Quran 41:40)

Quran distinguishes between wrong and right so humankind can understand well.

هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَ بَيِّنٰتٍ مِّنَ الۡهُدٰى وَالۡفُرۡقَانِۚ

“A guidance for mankind and clear evidence and discrimination (between wrong).” 

(Al-Quran 2:185)

How to Seek Guidance from Quran? 

The main objective of Guidance in Islam is to help Muslims deeply understand their faith and live according to its principles. The best way to obtain the pleasure of Allah and be successful in the afterlife. There are several ways to seek Guidance from Quran,

  • Learn and act on the Quran: 

One of the most critical ways to seek Guidance from the Quran is to read it regularly. And understand its teachings and apply them to one’s life. It is essential to reflect on the verses’ meaning and consider how they apply to one’s situation.

  • Religious studies: 

Seeking knowledge through Tafsir (exegesis) and Islamic studies is an effective way to gain a deeper understanding of the Quran and extract Guidance from it. In addition, Islamic scholars and religious leaders provide an interpretation of the text and Guidance on applying it to modern life.

  • Make Dua seek Guidance: 

Muslims can make supplication (dua) and ask Allah for Guidance while reading Quran. It can help to increase the understanding of the text.

  • Understand the meaning of Quran: 

Reciting Quran with understanding and contemplation is a way to seek Guidance. Therefore, reciting the Quran is an act of worship, the source seeking Guidance in a difficult time. 

  • Act upon the Guidance: 

It is essential to not only seek guidance from the Quran but also to act upon it, as the Quran itself says,

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِنَ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ مِن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ وَلَا يُظْلَمُونَ نَقِيرًا

And whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, while being a Believer – those will enter Paradise and will not be wronged, [even as much as] the speck on a date seed. (4:124)

  • Offering 5 times Salah

Remember! Allah guides those willing to get Guidance and make an effort to seek Guidance. We can seek Guidance five times daily while offering prayer (in Surah Fatiha).

Prayer for Guidance in Islam

In Islam, prayer is an essential means of seeking Guidance and direction from God.

Muslims are encouraged to turn to God and ask for His help, Guidance, and forgiveness. Several specific prayers in Islam are related explicitly to seeking Guidance, such as:

  • Recite Salat-ul-Istikhara

Recite Salat ul Istikhara before making an important decision or undertaking a significant action to seek Guidance in Islam from Allah Almighty.

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ، وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلا أَقْدِرُ، وَتَعْلَمُ وَلا أَعْلَمُ، وَأَنْتَ عَلامُ الْغُيُوبِ..

اللَّهُمَّ إنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ (هنا تسمي حاجتك) خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ..

اللَّهُمَّ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ (هنا تسمي حاجتك) شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ ارْضِنِي بِهِ. (وَيُسَمِّي حَاجَتَهُ)

“O Allaah, I seek Your Guidance [in making a choice] by Your knowledge. And I seek ability under Your power. And I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, and I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allaah, if in Your knowledge.

This matter (then it should be mentioned by name) is good for me both in this world and the Hereafter (or: in my religion, livelihood, and affairs). Then ordain it for me, make it easy, and bless it for me.

And if in Your knowledge it is terrible for me and my religion. My livelihood and my affairs (both in this world and the next). Then turn me away from it, [and turn it away from me]. And ordain the good wherever it may be and please me.” 

It involves asking God to guide one in making the right choice and to show them what is best for them.

  • Dua for Guidance 

Muslims can make Dua (supplication) for Guidance in any language and situation. 

ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمَ

 “Guide us to the straight path.” (Al-Quran 1:6)

صِرَٰطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ ٱلْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ

“The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not (the path) of that evoked [You’rer] anger or of those who are astray.” 

(Al-Quran 1:7)

  • Surah Al-Fatiha

Surah Fatiha, the first chapter of the Quran is the “Mother of the Quran.” It is recited in every unit of the five daily prayers and contains a supplication for Guidance in Islam. Asking God to show the way and to guide the believer on the straight path. 

ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَٰلَمِينَ

All praise is for Allah—Lord of all worlds.

 ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

مَٰلِكِ يَوْمِ ٱلدِّينِ

Master of the Day of Judgment.

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.

ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمَ

Guide us along the Straight Path.

صِرَٰطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ ٱلْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ

The path of those You have blessed—not those You are displeased with, or those who are astray.

 May Allah guide the straight path in this world and Hereafter. 

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