If you are ambivalent or unsure about a decision you have to make. You have to choose between two and you cannot decide. The best method is to do ISTAKHARA. Ibn Hajr said, commenting on this hadeeth:

“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.”

Most people confine the concept of istikhara for purpose of marriage proposals. NO ! its not only for decision in marriage proposals. It’s for every matter in which you are facing confusion. Whether it be choosing a spouse or deciding admission in university or any other matter.

According to Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 21, Number 263:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet (Sallal Laho Alaihi Wasallam) used to teach us the way of doing Istikhara. In all matters as he taught us the Surahs of the Quran. He said,

“If anyone of you thinks of doing any job he should offer a two Rakat prayer. And those are other than the compulsory ones and say (after the prayer).”

How To Do Istikhara :

The Prophet Muhammad said,

“If one of you is concerned about some practical undertaking, or about making plans for a journey. He should perform two cycles (rak’atain) of voluntary prayer.”

Then with all sincerity recite the following Du’a :

Translation:

“O Allah! I seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) I seek strength. And I ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and I do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action ————————————————

(which I intend to do) is better for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for me and make it easy for me and then add blessings [baraka’] in it, for me. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for me, bad for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from me and turn me away from it and whatever is better for me, ordain [destine] that for me and then make me satisfied with it.”

And then recite durood, praise ALLAH (SWT) in the best possible manner, and then explain your heart to ALLAH, seek HIS help in your confusion.

Some Important Points for Istikhara :

  • Istikharah is done when a decision is to be made in matters which are neither obligatory nor prohibited. So one does not need to do Istikharah for deciding whether he should go for hajj or not. Because if he is financially able to do it then hajj is obligatory and he does not have a choice.
  • But Istikharah can be done in all kinds of other permissible matters where a choice needs to be made such as buying something permissible, taking a job or choosing a spouse, etc.
  •  It is not necessary that one sees a dream or hears a voice. As it is commonly believed that if one sees white or green color or any positive sign, it indicates that one should go in favor of the task, istikhara is done for. Or if one sees the black color or something negative, it means one should not go in the favor of matter. But this is not necessary that you see a clear sign in a dream etc. so in case if no sign is seen, just go for what your heart slightly favors for, as evident from the following hadith:

Rasulullah (SAW) once remarked

“O Anas! When you are undecided with regards to any matter, then seek counsel from your Rabb and do this seven times. Thereafter, whatever decision prevails in your heart regard it to be beneficial.” (Shaami-Vol.1, pg. 507)

  • Asking another person to make Istikharah on one’s behalf is not substantiated from any hadith. To make Mashwarah (consultation) with someone else is Sunnat but handing over your tasks or duties to someone else is not. So do istikhara by yourself. Keep in mind, no one else can be interested in your matters more than you! No one else can reach the level of frequency and depth you would attain while making dua for you. And you know that the more deep and sincere supplication you do, the more are the chances of acceptance of your supplication.

In Istikhara you are basically asking ALLAH (SWT) about HIS will, you are discussing your issue with ALLAH and seeking HIS expert advice, thus you are involving ALLAH in your matter. Then there is no point in worrying if you do not see any sign or do not find any inclination in your heart. If you have done istikhara, just go on whatever seems suitable to you, the assent of ALLAH would be along with you, IN SHA ALLAH.

My tip :

Try to perform istikhara at tahajjud for better and guaranteed results.

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16 Responses to Istikhara: Seeking Guidance from ALLAH

  1. mariam says:

    Masha allah. Can you please write the dua ik words. I have difficulty in reading it.

  2. Kolawole Ghaffar Bello says:

    May Allah reward you with abundant blessing.

  3. Kolawole Ghaffar Bello says:

    Jazakhum Allah khair.

  4. Amna Farooq says:

    JAZAKALLAH 🙂 your prayers are all what are needed 🙂 keep visiting our blog .

  5. Amna Farooq says:

    wa iyyakum . 🙂 keep visiting our blog.

  6. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi’ilmika, Wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, Wa asaluka min fadlika al-’azim Fa-innaka taqdiru Wala aqdiru, Wa ta’lamu Wala a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allamu l-ghuyub. Allahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-l-amra (then the person reciting the du’a should mention the matter for which he is seeking Allah’s Guidance) Khairun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or ‘ajili amri wa’ajilihi) Faqdirhu li wa yas-sirhu li thumma barik li Fihi, Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha-l amra (then the person reciting the du’a should mention the matter for which he is seeking Allah’s Guidance) shar-run li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or fi’ajili amri wa ajilihi) Fasrifhu anni was-rifni anhu. Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi.‘

  7. rabiya says:

    i am single lady and looking for suitable husband to marry me

  8. Amna Farooq says:

    JAZAKALLAH rabiya, for reading and commenting on our article.
    try to read surah Al-sajda daily after fajar as many times as you can.
    its good for girls looking for a spouse. we pray you get a righteous spouse soon 🙂 IN SHA ALLAH.

  9. Arshi says:

    I have a question my parents tell a Allim to do istakhara related to marrige with a guy that Alim said result is Negative we realy like that guy know we r confused istakhara done by others is right or not even we r sure that how he do istakhara and I want to know that can we again do istakhara by any molvi or Aalim

  10. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Assalam O Alaikum!! Arshi.
    yes you can get your Istekhara done as many times as you want
    Also it’s best to do Istekhara yourself.
    i.e. you yourself and your family can recite the dua as much as u want as many days as u want and make dua to Allah for guidance. and then follow what your heart says 🙂

  11. naz says:

    ma sha ALLAH i. jazakallah khairn for the vital information..

  12. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Wa Iyyaki Naz.
    join our newsletter and keep visiting us 🙂

  13. Ahmedhussain says:

    Assalamualaikum, i am facing lot of problems in my job. So idecided to do ishtikhara namaz for seeking help with allah swt whether to continue with this job or to quit.. Can u pls tell me how many times it should be done.

  14. Amna Farooq says:

    @ahmed hussain
    wa alikum salaam.
    brother there s no fixed number for istikhara, you can perform it as many times as you want untill you get your answer via dream or via inclination of your heart.

  15. nayeema says:

    Salaam,
    I am having trouble choosing between 2 university choices. I did istikhara but i cant remember my dream. Please can you help me. Jazakallah

  16. Hassan says:

    Mashaa Allah. I really appreciate this classic advice.

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