How To Pray Istikhaarah: Seeking Allah’s Guidance For Perfect Decision Making


Our heart is always occupied with many thoughts, thinking should we choose this or that. However, you can learn how to pray Istikhara, the perfect dua, that put us in a position to seek the help of Allah in any circumstance.

So at what time is the prayer perform, what are the steps in performing it, the actual dua and many other things related to Istikhaarah will be explained in this article – with proof.

How To Pray Istikhaarah: Important Issue To Understand About The Prayer

Proof: Understanding How To Pray Istikhaarah The Right Way

Praise be to Allah.

On Salaat al-Istikhaarah, it was reported by Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah al-Salami (may Allaah be pleased with him) that:

” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them surahs from the Quraan.

He said: If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two rakahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:

The Transliteration Of Istikhaarah

Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa asaluka min fadlika, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa talamu wa laa alam, wa anta allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma fa in kunta talamu haadhal-amra (then the matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li fi aajil amri wa aajilihi (or: fi deeni wa maaashi wa aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa in kunta talamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa maaashi wa aaqibati amri (or: fi aajili amri wa aajilihi) fasrifni anhu [wasrafhu anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma radini bihi

The Translation of Dua Istikhaarah

(O Allaah, I seek Your guidance [in making a choice] by Your knowledge, and I seek ability by Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, 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 in the Hereafter (or: in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: for me both in this world and the next), then turn me away from it, [and turn it away from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.

You will find this hadith in al-Bukhaari, 6841; and also in al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaai, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad.

Continue to the second part of how to pray Istikhaarah.

How To Pray Istikhaarah: Important Issue To Understand About The Prayer


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