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Salam brothers and sisters. I have been torn for a while because of this, and I do not want to disrespect the Qur'an in any way, so that's the reason for seeking counselling here. My question is, is practicing Istikhara by Qur'an valid? Also, if one goes through this istikhara, would there be any retribution if one doesn't go ahead with that decision? I was reading this article on this site, and one particular line attracted my attention that is,  'By no means does the Istikhara by the Qur'an or with the Tasbih beads, even after following the etiquette and all of the prerequisites, prevent one from using his brain or reasoning and seeking advice from others. This is also not `future‑telling'. [https://www.al-islam.org/istikhara-seeking-the-best-from-Allah-muhammad-baqir-haideri/section-6-various-forms-istikhara#fref_57a9dfe5_15]

Which sounds a lot comforting. One will ask why to take resort to this at all if you don't find it convincing. Which is my concern too, and I am thinking about not practicings this ever again before I have more Islamic knowledge myself and a better Muslim. Any genuine advice/ recommendation will be greatly appreciated. I really really need a closure on this topic. Thanks in advance. Jazakallah khair.

P.S: what also comes to my mind that is, I have also told an imam in the local mosque to make istikhara for me, [ which was done by prayer], and his answer was positive, but the answer from istikhara by Qur'an came negative. Hence, the question arises that if I am making a bet on Qur'an in any way, [may it not be true]. But I hope I am conveying my point across. I do not want to confront the wrath of Allah.  So, hope any knowledgeable person can kindly shed some light on this. Thanks again.

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