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Istikhara

Please help me to understand IStakhara - دعاء الاستخارہ

الاستفتاء

Please help me to understand IStakhara

الجواب حامدا و مصلیا

Isthikhara is an act of seeking counsel from Allah Tha'ala when one intends to perform anything. Virtues of doing so are recorded amply in Ahadees. Nabi Kareem Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has said that it is an act of adversity and misfortune, not to seek counsel from Allah Tha'ala and not to do Isthikhara. One should not engage in marriage proposals, weddings, travel or activities as such, without doing Isthikhara. Insha Allah never will have to repent. The method of performing Isthikhara Salath is to perform two Raka'aath of Nafl Salath and subsequently make Dua with deep concentration . Before and after the Dua recite Hamd o Sana and Durood Shareef. Dua is,

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ , وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ , وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلا أَقْدِرُ , وَتَعْلَمُ وَلا أَعْلَمُ , وَأَنْتَ عَلامُ الْغُيُوبِ , اللَّهُمَّ إنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ (هنا تسمي حاجتك ) خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي أَوْ قَالَ : عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ , فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ , اللَّهُمَّ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ (هنا تسمي حاجتك ) شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي أَوْ قَالَ : عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ , فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ ارْضِنِي بِهِ . وَيُسَمِّي حَاجَتَهُ ) وَفِي رواية ( ثُمَّ رَضِّنِي بِهِ) ).
رواه البخاري، 1166

When reaching the words ھذا الامر contemplate on the matter in which counsel is sought. Thereafter, sleep on a clean pure bedding facing the Qibla with Wudhu (ablution). After awakening whatever firm thought comes in the mind regarding the matter sought after is, the best and should proceed with it.