Istikhara Dua: How to Perform It in 6 Simple Steps?

Muslim Man praying Istikhara Dua

Istikhara dua is a sunna prophet Mohamed, peace upon him, recommended mulsim to do when they feel confused or undecided about life’s matter.

Muslims pray istikhara, especially when they face a dilemma like choosing between two things with zero knowledge about one is better, like when you get two scholarships from two universities but don’t know which one is better to apply for. Similarly, they do istikhara dua for marriage or istikhara dua for jobs.

Since they don’t know the future, Muslims do istikhara so that Allah reveals to him the proper decision to take, and they can get out of this predicament.

what is istikhara?

Ibne-e-Aseer, M, (1342) defines istikhara as asking something good from almighty Allah.
Bukhari (1994) has cited a Hadith” from Hazrat Jaber (RTA), in which he mentioned that The Prophet Mohamed, peace upon him, advised Muslims to do Istikhara before commencing anything.

Tha’labi, wrote about Istikhara, “If the decisions are cloudy and there are doubts and suspicions surrounding them, then Istikhara must be performed. It means asking Allah to show us the right path.

Briefly, istikhara dua Is for seeking guidance from Allah. It occurs in the form of prayer, two Rakaat and dua, in which Muslims sought counsel from Allah. Below is the English translation of this dau from the original Arabic text.

what is istikhara Dua?

“Allah, without any suspicion, I counsel you In the name of your infinite knowledge and power and ask for your blessings. You are almighty, and I am helpless. You have the supreme knowledge of all that’s concealed, and I know nothing.

Allah, if this thing (marriage, job, apartment) is in my favor, give it to me, make it accessible and easy, and bless it. But If it is not in my favor, then don’t give it to me and make it away from me, and I’m away from it. And destine the good for me and make whatever you see for me and make me fulfilled.

Read also: +10 dua for forgiveness and repentance in Islam

How do we say istikhara dua in Arabic?

This is the text of How you can say this Dau in Arabic:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلاَ أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلاَّمُ الْغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ ‭[mention decision here like marriage , job, travelling or anything ]‬ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ، وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ

How to perform Istikharah step-by-step?

Just follow these six steps.

1.Perform ablution ( in Arabic Wudu وضوء) wash your hands, mouth, nose, face, arms, hair, and feet, .like you do always before any prayer to ensure your body is clean.

2. Devote your intention to Allah before prayer and say, Allah Akbar.

3. Do two rakaat. In each, read A’-fatiha, followed by other Surah like Al- Kafirun or Al-Nas

4. After Taslim, raise your hands to the sky and invoke Allah’s Greatness in your heart.

5. Thank Allah for all the blessings he gave to you and pray on Mohamed, peace upon him.
6. It’s better to follow the same Ibrahim prayer:: O God, bless Muhammad and Muhammad’s family as Allah did bless Abraham and his family.

7. Say Istikhara dua (We wrote above), and delegate all your matters to Allah, for surely he knows the best.

Can an Istikhara Be Done Anytime?

Of course, you do it any time, but the favorite time for this prayer is the third part of the night before Dawn, Fajar, as Allah descends every night to the lowest heaven and says:

I am the Lord; I am the Lord: who is there to supplicate Me so that I answer him? Who is there to beg of Me so that I grant him? Who is there to beg forgiveness from Me so that I forgive him?

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Muslim Man praying Istikhara Dua:

How Can I Feel the Result of Istikhara?

After istikhara, many people can ask how can I know the answer? or to be more specific, how can I ensure the decision- like applying for X university- is dictated by Allah and does not stem from my tendencies or desires.. well, There are many signs you can feel.

if you feel cheerful, comfortable, and relieved about the thing you make istikhara for, then you can take action to do it

Otherwise, if you feel not comfortable or distressed, maybe it’s time for you to back off.

Also, you might have a dream this night regarding the matter you pray for, ask Dreams’ interpreters about its meanings. You might find the right answer in it.

If you feel not delight nor down-hearted, then repeat your istikhara once again or consult the people who have knowledge and wisdom about which course is better to follow.

The Difference Between Sayyidul Istaghfar and Dua of Istikhara?

Sayyidul Istaghfar is the dua for seeking forgiveness from Almighty Allah and can be said any time to atone for the bad deeds. And it goes:

اللهم أنت ربي لا إله إلا أنت خلقتني وأنا عبدك وأنا على عهدك ووعدك ما استطعت أعوذ بك من شر ما صنعت أبوء لك بنعمتك علي وأبوء لك بذنبي فاغفر لي فإنه لا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت

On the other side, Dua of Istikhara is for seeking consultation from god, and we say it whenever we feel confused and perplexed and not able to take a deceive decision.

Can I Do Istikhara Dua Without Doing Salah?

Yes, you can do that. Imam al-Nawawi, may God have mercy on him, in the Book of Remembrances, has cited an event, where fellows of prophet Mohammed, peace upon him, settled un dispute by doing only dua without salat.

Imam al-Nawawi said If some Muslims can’t perform salat. Then he should pray istikhaarah by supplication to Allah to clarify things for him and ease whatever is better for him.

The four Islamic schools have quoted the previous words of Al-Nawawi and approved them as an allowance for Muslims to make istikhara dua without complete salah.

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Muslim women praying Istikhara Dua

Should I Say Istikhara Dua – Before or After Taslim?

Muslims scholars have different opinions about whether Istikhara is before taslim or after it. Ibn Taymiya, May Allah mercy him, holds that Muslims are allowed to do both of them. However, he was more inclined to ( dua before taslim).

The Hanafis, Malikis, Shaafa‘is, and Hanbalis said: The dua should be immediately after the prayer and this latter opinion is more common among the majority of Muslims. But there’s no mistake if you said Dau before taslim.

Significance of Istikhara in Islam

Muslims do Istikhara whenever they feel perplexed about any situation like buying a new apartment, applying for a job, marrying someone, or signing up for a new deal.

1. Istikhara teaches Muslims to submit their will to Allah. By delegating the decision’s burden and the results coming with it to God, they feel more connected with his supreme power.

2. Also, Istikhara keeps the Muslims away from the misleading ways that pretend that ability to know the future, like astrology and other malpractices that might fall in the polytheism’s circle.

3. it removes cloudiness and confusion and leads Muslims to the correct choice

Common Questions About Istikhara

Those are the most questions people usually ask about this topic

1. How to Make Istikhara Prayer for Marriage?

Just follow the same steps mentioned before. During Istikhara Dau, say if marriage from that person is good for me, then ease it for me and bless it but if it will harm me, then make it away from me- and continue until the end.

2. Can Dua Change Istikhara?

Yes. certainly, it can

3. If I Don’t Know the Dua for Istikhara What Should I Do?

No problem. You can read it from your phones’ screen or write it on paper then read it.

4. What if I Don’t Know Dua Istikhara by Heart?

You can read it from your phones’ screen or write it on paper then recite it. The most important thing is to invoke the greatness of the divine God in your heart and feel pious and devout.

5. Can Women Do Istikhara Dua When Menstruating?

When menstruating, women can’t pray, but they can say istikharah dua orally when they want..

6 .Can I Do Istikhara Dua for Someone Else?

The basic rule is that Muslims should pray istikharah on his/her own. However, Some scholars allowed asking others to do so on behalf of them, based on Hadith saying: (Who can benefit his brother, so he can do so, Muslim).

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A kid saying istikhara Dua

7.Is Istikhara Sunnah or Nafl?

It’s a sunnah

8. Istikhara Dua Is From Which Surah?

It’s a Sunnah prayer. istikhara dua isn’t Quoted from Quran But from Sunnah. Some surahs are favored for you to say during your this prayer like El kafroon and Ikhlas

9. How to Perform Salat Al Istikhara and Dua for Istikhara?

We mentioned how to do that before, Make a pure intention and prayer and say dua before or after Taslim. If you can’t pray for any reason, just say dua in a pious manner.

10. What to do when Answer Seems Unclear?

you can repeat Istikhara or consult others who are known for their knowledge and wisdom to guide you through your problem.

11. How Many Times Should I Pray Istikhara?

One time, if the answer isn’t clear, you can repeat it once again.

Etiquettes (Aadaab) of Istikhara

1. Istikhara is performed when you seek counsel for a problem you face but it’s not for Haram thing like taking bribes from one authority

2. when Praying, Make everything clean (externally and internally): your body, dress, and the place where you pray as well as your soul and thoughts.

3. Invoke the greatness of Allah in your heart

4. Choose the best times for prayer like the third part of the night

5. Begin by thanking God and salat on Mohammed before asking for ISTIKHARA

6. Put your full trust in Allah and whatever result that shows to you, be willing to accept it.

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In this article, you’ve known the meaning of istikhara dua, How to say it and why do you say it. Besides, some ETIQUETTES and rules for you to prepare for ISTIKHARA

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