What Is Istikhara? How to do (perform) Istikhara, What are the benefits of Istikhara?

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Dua Istikhara

Istikhara is the way to seek Allah’s counsel towards good and bad. Istikhara means ‘to seek best in your affairs’. It is a Sunnah prayer offered to seek guidance from Allah Almighty. Whenever you get confused in life regarding your decisions such as; marriage, career and Business, you should go for Istikhara prayer because it is the simple and beneficial way of seeking the right guidance. With the help of Istikhara, You not only get advice but also get closer to Allah Almighty.

Meaning of Istikhara, its role and benefits according to Quran and Hadith.

In simple words, the Istikhara prayer is a method through which a man requests things from Allah. Allah knows what is better and worse, so one should believe in the result and accept what Allah has destined for him.

Jabir Bin Abdullah narrated:

“Rasulullah S.A.W. always teaches us Istikhara, and recommended us to do Istikhara whenever you get confused.”

As per Islamic law, Istikhara can be done whenever one faces any issue. To look for a clear way for that issue, you can directly take Allah’s guidance with the help of the Istikhara prayer. One can also perform Istikhara for marriage and other confusing matters. And whatever reaction or conclusion comes from Istikhara, one should accept it without a second thought.

Imam Ibn Taimiyyah said that always accept the results which came from Istikhara, don’t regret. Sometimes, we don’t have such patience to accept the result of Istikhara because results may not be as it seem as you have imagined. But, Always keep good Believe on Allah, because if something is destined you then it will be beneficial for you. Everything has its pros and cons so just wait for you’re to come. Believe in Allah’s decision, Allah is omniscient and have knowledge of everything. Istikhara is a better way to gain his blessings and guidance.

How to perform Salate Istikhara?

Salat-e-Istikhara is one of the most valuable gifts from Allah. Before praying this prayer, you should also clear your mind and heart. Clearing your mind and aiming to get pure beneficial guidance is the core step for Istikhara. One must also take good care of its hygiene. You have to pray, Istikhara, with an open and clean heart. In Islam, no single worship is accepted without intention (niyyah), so your brain and spirit must be fully prepared for prayer and its results. Sincere repentance is one of the most important etiquettes in Istikhara.

  • Perform Wudu for prayer
  • The intention of the Istikhara prayer
  • One has to pray two raka’at payers. Reciting Surah Al-Kafiroon in the first raka’at and surah Al-Ikhlas in the second after Surah Fatiha is profitable.
  • After prayer, one must raise their hand and start praying.
  • After remembering Allah, send salutes to Prophet S.A.W. It is also profitable to recite Tashahhud.
  • After that, recite Due-e-Istikhara with Al-hamadshareef at the start and end of Dua.
  • When you reach (الْأَمْرَهَذَاأَنَّتَعْلَمُكُنْتَإِنْاللَّهُمَّ )You should name your matter for which you are seeking Istikhara.
  • Name the matter should be taken twice, once while mentioning Khair in dua and second while mentioning the Shar because it will be more profitable.
  • After completing the Istikhara, send a salutation to Holy Prophet S.A.W. and leave the matter in Allah’s Hand Because if you keep a firm belief, everything will be in your best.

Due-e-Istikhara with translation

“O Allah, I am here for your guidance, and I also want your blessings because You are the most powerful and I don’t have any abilities. You are omniscient, and I do not know, and you have knowledge everything. Oh, Allah! If in Your Knowledge that this action (which I intended to do) is better for my religion and for my deen, then make it simple and better for me. And if In Your Knowledge this action is bad for me, bad for my religion and for here (in this world) and the hereafter, then take that thing far from me and give patience and satisfaction.


So, Istikhara is a way to take guidance from Allah. One can do Istikhara for such as: Istikhara for marriage, Istikhara for job and Istikhara for problems. In simple words, whenever you want to seek guidance of Allah, just perform Istikhara. You can further get details about Istikhara in the live sessions of Urwa academy. Also, they provide multiple things for your ease.


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