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Click here to download the English only step by step description of how to pray Salat Istikhara in a one-page 12 size font handout. Click here to download the English only step by step description of how to pray Salat Istikhara in a two-page size font handout. They are meant to help you recite the Istikhara dua correctly, and to understand the significance of the Istikharaprayer, Insha Allah.

You can also download an English only version step-by-step description of how to pray Salat Istikhara by clicking here. What is Salat ul Istikhara? Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, volume 2, number 32 and volume 4, number Often, we have to make major life-changing decisions: whether to undertake a major project or not, whether to apply for a promotion or not, whether to change career or not, whether to invest in a certain company or not, whether to get married or not, whom to get married to, etc.

Salatul Istikharah is a sunnah of the Prophet s. O Allah! Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi. Similar hadiths were reported by Jabir r in Sahih Bukhari volume 8, hadith number Note from Rafik Beekun: If you have trouble with the arabic version of the dua for Istikhara, here is a dua video where the dua is being recited in arabic. What happens after one prays Salat ul Istikhara? If you do the prayer of guidance istikhara with the proper manners, the most important of which is to truly consign the matter to Allah and suspend your own inclinations, then Allah will make events unfold in the direction that is the best for your worldly and next-worldly affairs.

Please remember that the core of being a Muslim is to put your absolute trust in Allah. Accordingly, once you perform the prayer of Istikharak, you need to follow the guidance of Allah whether it means pursuing or abandoning the intended undertaking.

And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. As stated above, there is no limit on the number of times you can pray Salat ul Istikhara. This answer addresses the issue of how to pray Salat al-Istikhara, particularly in relation to marriage. He was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and very soon thereafter immigrated to the U.

He grew up in Seattle, WA and after completing his primary and secondary education there, began his studies at the Islamic University of Madinah. It was at the University that he befriended Muhammad Alshareef, as they sat next to each other in the first year of their studies. What matters can one seek guidance from Istikhara and what matters are best dealt with the use of the intellect and not Istikhara?

Praise be to Allaah. It is not correct to divide matters, when deciding whether it is permissible to pray istikhaarah regarding them, into the two categories of matters which are subject to rational thinking, in which one should not pray istikhaarah, and matters that are not subject to rational thinking, concerning which one may pray istikhaarah.

Can istikhaarah prayer be performed at the time when prayer is not allowed? What is meant by this forbidding is general naafil prayers for which there is no reason. As for naafil prayers for which there is a reason, such as greeting the mosque, they may be offered at these times when prayer is not allowed.

The scholars differed concerning istikhaarah prayer and whether it is regarded as a prayer for which there is a reason, or not. But if the matter is not immediate and the prayer can be delayed until after the time when prayer is not allowed is over, then it should not be performed at that time. What are common misconceptions about Salat Istikhara? Some people jump to the conclusion that this means that they must be in a situation where they have to decide between two things.

Even if it is a single course of action with no alternative option open to us, we still have the choice between undertaking that course of action or not undertaking it. On the other hand, if there are multiple options open to us, we should first consult with knowledgeable people we trust as to which course of action is best for us.

Others feel that the prayer is only for actions of paramount importance, and not for everyday decisions. Both of these ideas are wrong. The prayer is prescribed for all of our decisions.

This is really not a misconception, since there is legitimate scholarly disagreement on this issue. There is no evidence to support this assumption. I seek Your decision through Your knowledge and your facilitation through your power and I ask You of Your tremendous grace.

If you know this affair to be best for me in my religion, my livelihood, and in the final outcome or: in my immediate life and my future one , then decree it for me and facilitate it for me and then bless me in it.

And if You know this affair to be worse for me in my religion, my livelihood, and in the final outcome or: in my immediate life and my future one , then turn it away from me and turn me away from it and decree for me what is good, wherever it may be, and then cause me to be contented with it. Whether or not we feel comfortable or happy with the course of action, we are asking Allah to bring it about for us if He knows it to be best for us and to keep it away from us if He knows it to be in our best interests not to be involved in it.

But Allah knows, and you know not. When they do not experience it, their sense of confusion only increases.


Istikhara: The Prayer of Seeking Guidance

The most Kind, the most Merciful. The master of the Day of Judgement. You alone we worship and to you alone we pray for help. Show us the straight way, The way of those whom you have blessed. Who have not deserved your anger, Nor gone astray.


Before any major decision, pray Salat-ul-Istikhara

Aa Question Assalam alaikum. How do I pray salat al istikhara, at what times , and are there special dua that I can read for different cicumstances? Answer Praise be to Allaah. The description of Salaat al-Istikhaarah was reported by Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah al-Salami may Allaah be pleased with him who said: 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 soorahs 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: 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.


How to Perform Salat-ul-Istikhara and Dua of Istikhara

Are their various valid opinions? One prays two rakats at any time that is not disliked, after which one recites the supplication of istikhara. It is best to recite it before sleeping, though in no way necessary. Like other duas, it is recommended that one face the qibla. For indeed You have power, and I am powerless; You have knowledge and I know not; You are the Knower of the unseen realms. O Allah, if You know that this matter is good for me with regard to my religion, my livelihood and the end of my affair then decree it for me, facilitate it for me, and grant me blessing in it. And if You know that this matter is not good for me with regard to my religion, my livelihood and the end of my affair then turn it away from me and me from it; and decree for me better than it, wherever it may be, and make me content with it.

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