Dua Istikhara And What You Need To Know

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمَكَ، وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ، وَتَعْلَمُ، وَلَا أَعْلَمُ، وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ- خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي- عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ- فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي- عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِه


Dua for Istikharah is the most important Islamic prayer, it is used to find solutions to problems. Istikhara prayer can be done at any time, but before making an important decision.


Making Dua Istikhara does not guarantee that your problem will be solved or that you will receive what you are asking for, but this is a way to show Allah that you are sincerely seeking His help.


There are many myths about the Dua Istikhara prayer, one of them being that it can only be done if one has a problem in their life. This is not true as people make this dua before they make an important decision in order to know if their decision is the right one or not.

Allaahumma innee astakheeruka bi ilmika, wa astaqdiruka biqudratika, wa as aluka min fadhtikal- Adheemi, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdiru, wa ta lamu, wa laa a lamu, wa Anta Allaamul-Ghuyoobi, Allaahumma in kunta ta lamu anna haathal- amra-[then mention the thing to be decided] Khayrun lee fee deenee wa ma aashee wa aaqibati amree - [or say] Aajilihi wa aajilihi - Faqdurhu lee wa yassirhu lee thumma baarik lee feehi,  wa in kunta ta lamu anna haathal- amra sharrun lee fee deenee wa ma aashee wa aaqibati amree - [or say] Aajilihi wa aajilihi - Fasrifhu annee wasrifnee anhu waqdur liyal-khayra haythu kaana thumma ardhinee bihi.



O Allah, I seek the counsel of Your Knowledge, and I seek the help of Your Omnipotence, and I beseech You for Your Magnificent Grace. Surely, You are Capable and I am not. You know and I know not, and You are the Knower of the unseen.


 O Allah, if You know that this matter [then mention the thing to be decided] is good for me in my religion and in my life and for my welfare in the life to come, - [or say: in this life and the afterlife] - then ordain it for me and make it easy for me, then bless me in it.


 And if You know that this matter is bad for me in my religion and in my life and for my welfare in the life to come, - [or say: in this life and the afterlife] - then distance it from me, and distance me from it, and ordain for me what is good wherever it may be, and help me to be content with it.

Your guide to performing Salat Istikhara followed by Istikhara dua to ask Allah's (SWT) guidance in making decisions for marriage, new job, travel, and other major events in life.

Perform Salat ut Istikhara to ask Allah's (SWT) guidance in making decisions. Before embarking upon a journey, deciding on marriage, accepting a new job offer or any other major decision it is preferable to perform this Islamic dua Istikharah (which literally means to seek goodness). Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has mentioned with regards to Istikharah: "The person who does Istikharah will never suffer loss".

This dua, which can be used as a marriage dua to seek guidance,

How Does A Dua Istikhara Prayer Work?

A dua is a prayer of supplication. The word "dua" means supplication or invocation. It is an act of turning to Allah with one's heart, mind, will, and soul for relief from anxiety and distress.


A dua Istikhara prayer is an Islamic practice that Muslims do four times on different occasions. It comes from the Arabic sentence “Istikharah” which means “to seek divine guidance”


The first occasion for the dua Istikhara prayer is on the eve before one embarks on a task or journey, so as to know if it should be undertaken or not. The second occasion is when an individual wants to start something new in their life, such as getting married or starting a business venture

What Are The Benefits Of A Dua Istikhara Prayer?

A Dua Istikhara prayer is a time-limited prayer. It has to be done in the early morning (usually before sunrise) or in the evening (before Maghrib).


Dua Istikhara prayers are beneficial for people who are seeking answers to their problems. It helps them get rid of doubts and fears that might be preventing them from taking positive steps or making decisions about an issue that they are dealing with.

How To Perform Istikharah


First pray Two Rakaah of ritual Prayer (nafil) such that in the first raka' after Surah Fatiha recite Surah al-Kafirun (Chapter 109) and in the second raka' after Fatiha (Allhamd…) recite Surah al-Ikhlas (Chapter 112). After finishing prayer recite this Dua in Arabic as above.



Conditions of the prayer

One must take ablution ahead of the Salat al-Istikharah, in the same manner as one would do when entering into any salah.

Ibn Hajr said, commenting on this hadith: "Istikharah is a word which means asking Allah to help one make a choice, meaning choosing the best of two things where one needs to choose one of them."

With the salah completed one should immediately say the supplication of Istikhaara.

Istikhaara is done when a decision is to be made in matters which are neither obligatory nor prohibited. So one does not need to seek counsel from Allah for deciding whether he should go for hajj or not. Because if he is financially and physically able to do it then hajj is obligatory and he does not have a choice.

But seeking counsel from Allah (Istikhaara) can be done in all kind of other permissible matters where a choice needs to be made such as buying something, taking a job or choosing a spouse etc.

It is recorded in hadith that Muhammad used to teach his disciples to seek counsel from Allah (Istikhaara) for every matter just as he used to teach them the Sürah from the Qur'an.[2] In another Hadith Muhammad said:

"He who seeks counsel from Allah (Istikhaara) will not fail and he who consults and seeks advice from people will not regret".

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