How to do istikhara

How to do istikhara

In Arabic, the word Istikhara استخارة is derived from the base words خ-ي-ر—. The tenth feminine verbal noun (إِسْتَفْعَلَ)) of that origin is إِسْتَخْارَة (The tenth form commonly represents the sense of “someone looking for something”). As a result, in this circumstance, (human people) are asking Allah for KHAIR (goodness, prosperity, guidance, blessings, and so on) as Dua e Istikhara. Khayr is a broad term that encompasses all that is excellent.

Here is the Dua e Istikhara

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 وَآجِلِهِ- فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ

Dua e Istikhara in English

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.

Istikhara Prayer English Translation

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 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 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.

Istikhara Meaning

“Istikhara” means “to seek kindness from Allah (Exalted is He),” which suggests that before performing a significant work, one should perform istikhara. It’s as if the one performing the istikhara is asking Allah Almighty, “O Knower of the Unseen (Exalted is He), instruct me if this task is preferable for me or not?”

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 263 of the Bukhari:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Just as he taught us the Suras of the Quran, the Prophet (Sallal Laho Alaihi Wasallam) used to teach us the way of doing Istikhara in all matters. “If anyone of you thinks of undertaking any job, he should offer two Rakat prayers other than the obligatory ones and say (after the obligatory ones),” he remarked.

How to Pray Istikhara

Pray two raka’at of voluntary prayer (any prayer other than the five mandatory ones) and recite any Surahs following Fatiha in each rakah, as The Prophet did not specify any Surahs. Recite the dua (prayer) of istikhara in Arabic as suggested by the Prophet and then openly explain your need in any language you’d like once you’ve finished – that is after you’ve said your salam for the prayer – and then plainly state your need in any language you’d want. If you don’t know it by heart, read it out loud or on your phone. Read the transliteration if you don’t know Arabic. There is no need to recite another dua after that.

How do you do Istikharah?


Salat-al-Istikhara is a guiding prayer that is uttered when one is undecided. You’ll open your prayer, recite two Rakat, and then make your Istikhara supplication once you’ve washed and completed Wudu. Rather than waiting for a symbolic vision after you’ve prayed, you’ll look within for solutions and seek guidance from persons you consider wise and competent. Continue reading for step-by-step instructions on making the Istikharah dua to seek Allah’s guidance and also for knowing how to perform Istikhara

Let’s read how to do Istikhara step by step

1. Ablution or Wudu should be performed.

You should perform Wudu before beginning prayer to ensure that you are clean. Wash and cleanse your hands, mouth, face, nose, and lower forearms three times to center your thoughts. Once you’ve washed your head and ears, wash your feet three times (starting with the right foot). 

“Ash-hadu al laa ilaaha illALLAHu wahdahuu laa shariikalahu, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhuu wa rasuuluh,” you can say, pointing your right index finger to the sky and reciting a witness prayer: 

“I give witness that there is no god but Allah alone; He is One; He has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is His (selected) servant and (true) Messenger,” says the English translation.

In some instances, such as when semen is expelled or after intercourse, you may need to conduct Ghusl instead.

2. Salaat al Istikhara

Make sure your space is ready for prayer. Make sure your space is clean enough to hold a prayer service. To keep the floor clean, place a mat on it. Place the mat (and yourself) facing the Qibla, or Mecca.

3. Please Say Your Prayers

Begin by focusing your attention on your goal. To begin your prayers, raise your palms to your ears and shout, “Allah Akbar,” which translates to “Allah is the Greatest.” The Isteftah Dua, or opening prayer, is then recited, followed by the Ta’awwuz and Tasmania.

“Subhana Kal-lah hum-ma wabi hamdika wata-baara kasmuka wata’ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghyruk,” says the Isteftah Dua. “Glory be to you, O Allah, and all praise is due unto you, and blessed is your name and great is your majesty, and none is worthy of worship save you,” the verse reads.

The Ta’awwuz is transliterated as “A’udhu bil-lahi minash Shayta-nir-rajeem,” which translates to “I seek Allah’s protection from the accursed Satan.” All you have to do is

Ta’awwuz just needs to be said once.

“Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem,” is the transliteration of the Tasmiah, which means “In the name of Allah, the Kindest and Merciful.” Tasmiah should be recited before each Surah, or Quran chapter, that you read.

Ta’awwuz just needs to be said once.

“Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem,” is the transliteration of the Tasmiah, which means “In the name of Allah, the Kindest and Merciful.” Tasmiah should be recited before each Surah, or Quran chapter, that you read.

4. Recite the Surah Fatiha

Recite two Rakat (prayer cycles) before offering the Salat-al-Istikhara, beginning with the Surah Fatiha. “Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem,” say at the beginning of each Surah.

5. The Surah al-Kafirun should be recited

Continue your two rak’ah recitations after Surah Fatiha with Surah al-Kafirun, or Quran chapter 109. “Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem,” say at the beginning of each Surah.

6. Recite Surah Fatiha once more, followed by Surah al-Ikhlas

Recite the Surah Fatiha one more time, then the Surah al-Ikhlas. Begin with Tasmiah, or “Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem,” or “Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem.”

7. Recite the supplication of Istikhara

 You are now ready to recite the Istikhara supplication after offering two Rakat.

The transliteration of Salat-al-Istikhara is:

Allahumma innee astakheeruka bi ilmika wa-astaqdiruka biqudratika wa-as’aluka min fadhlika al-adheem. Fa innaka taqdiru walaa aqdirisu. Wa ta’lamu walaa a’alamu wa anta allaamul ghuroob.

Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna haadhal-amr khayrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma’aashiy wa-‘aaqibat amriy, faqdur hu liy wa- liy thumma baarik liy feehi. Wa in-kunta ta’lamu anna haadhal amr sharrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma’aashiy wa-‘aaqibat amriy. Fa asrifhu ‘annee wa-srifni ‘anhu. Wa aqdur lial khayra haythu kaana thumma a-rdhiniy bihee.

 8. Say the prayer as often as you want for as many days as you want

You have the option of repeating the Istikhara supplication or reciting as many Rakat as you choose. Continue to include Istikhara in your everyday prayers until you’ve concluded. Try it for seven days, but if you believe you’ve received an answer during that time, quit. 

Istikhara Dua for Marriage

Istikhara Dua for Marriage is a personal relationship between you and God (SWT). It is strongly advised that you perform Istikhara prayer yourself rather than having it done for you. Istikhara Dua Marriage is occasionally conducted when a person is crazy about someone and wants to marry them. When you’ve decided on a life partner, perform Istikhara before making your decision.

If you are a Muslim and need help making a marriage decision, you can ask for Allah’s guidance and wisdom. Because Allah is the only one who understands what is best for you, and He also knows that what appears to be good today will not be good afterward. As a result, you should practice Istikhara for marriage proposals to see if a proposal that appears to be promising now will be suitable for you in the future.

If you’re undecided about whether you should marry someone or not, turn to Allah Talah for guidance, for only He knows what’s best for you. And anything you’re unsure about can be resolved with His help alone. Once you’ve learned how to do salat al istikhara, you’ll be able to do it quickly and receive a response the same night.

Istikhara Signs

Many individuals believe that the Istikhara for marriage signs will appear in their dreams. We must inform you that a person does not always perceive marriage signs in a dream, vision, sign/etc. You should not believe such things and instead, wait for signs in your dreams to appear.

If the istikhara dua for marriage is accepted, the Istikhara for marriage indications appear. The istikhara for marriage signals are considered as a shift of disposition as a result of the dua being accepted. If you prefer to make a decision, this is one of the most prevalent Islamic marriage options.

Let us finally explain what the istikhara marriage indications are. These signals will assist a person in choosing a well-considered marriage decision. The indicators of istikhara or the consequences of istikhara prayer can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The person’s preference will begin to drift toward the best option for them. For instance, if a person approved of a marriage proposal and had performed the istikhara for it. They would reject the marriage proposal because of Istikhara’s signs. This rapid shift in preference is a common istikhara symptom.

The istikhara marriage signs can make you feel positive about making the best decision for you. The events you we’re anticipating will take a different turn. Things will happen that you never expected or imagined. These occasions will assist you in making a decision. Allah’s guidance can be found in all of these istikhara signs. You requested this advice through Istikhara, and it will assist you in living a happy life.

Dua for Marriage in Islam

-Sura-e-Muzammil each day once for  41 days & pray for it  REF: Wazaif-ut-Talib, pg no. 76.

-Recite verse 36 of Yasin 100 times before salat of tahajjud for 40 days “subh’aanallad’ee khalaqal azwaaja kullahaa mimmaa tumbitul arz’u wa min anfusihim wa mimmaa laa ya’lamoon, ” سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْأَزْوَاجَ كُلَّهَا مِمَّا تُنبِتُ الْأَرْضُ وَمِنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَمِمَّا لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٣٦

“Allah, please bless our marriage and use it to bring us closer to You in love and devotion. Please, Allah, make our marriage a gateway to Jannah for us and our families. Protect our marriage from Shaytaan’s whisperings, Allah. Allah, grant us the strength to live in peace, justice, equity, love, and mercy with one another.”


The purpose of Istikhara is to ask Allah for what is good and to demonstrate one’s abject neediness to Him in doing so, as indicated by the Dua’s wording “Verily You are capable and I am not, and You Know and I don’t” – implying that all power, capability, and knowledge belong to Allah alone and that a servant can only have what Allah intends for him. In conclusion, the ultimate answer to your istikhara is whatsoever Allah creates.

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