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Istikharah Dua

Recite 3 times

اسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ

Astag-firul-laah

I seek forgiveness from Allah

الْحَمْدُ لله

Al-hamdu-lil-laah

All Praise be to Allah

Convey Durood upon Prophet

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى الِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَّبَارِكْ وَسَلَّمْ
Al laa hum ma sali alaa sayidinaa Muhammadi(w)n wa alaa aaali sayidinaa Muhammadi(w)n wa baarik wa salim

O Allah, shower Your mercy upon Sayidinna Muhammad and the followers of Sayidinaa Muhammad and Peace and Blessings

Then recite the Istikharah Du’aa: (Upon reaching the underlined words think of the purpose Istikharah is being sought for)

– اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيْرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ ، وَاسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيْمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ. وَتَعْلَمُ . وَلَا أَعْلَمُ ، وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ. اللَّهُمَّ اِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لَّيْ فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي [وَعَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيْهِ ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ

هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌ لِيْ فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِيْ [وَعَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ] فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ”
Al-laah-hum-ma in-nee as-takheeruka wa-as-taqdiruka bi-qudratika, wa-as-aluka min fadh-likal ‘Azeem. Fa-in- naka taqdiru wa-laa ‘aqdiru, wa-ta’-lamu, wa-laa a’-lamu, wa-Anta ‘Al-laamul Ghuyoob. Al-laah-hum-ma in kunta ta’-lamu an-na haadhal amra [then think of the thing to be decided] khayrun lee fee deeni wa-ma-‘aashi wa-‘aaqibati amri -[or say: Wa’aa-jilihi wa ‘aaa-jilihi ]- Faqdur-hu lee wa-yas-sir-hu lee thum-ma baarik lee feeh. Wa-in kunta ta’-lamu an-na haadhal amra [then think of the thing to be decided] shar-run lee fee deeni wa-ma- ‘aashi wa-‘aaqibati amri -[or say: Wa’aa-jilihi wa aaa-jilihi ]- Fas-rif-hu ‘an-ni was-rif-ni ‘anhu waqdur liyal khayra hay-thu kaana, thum-ma ar-dhini bih.[1]

O Allah, I seek guidance from You due to Your Knowledge, and I seek help from You due to Your Power, and I beseech You for Your Magnificent Grace. Surely, You are Capable and I am not, and You know, and I know not, and You are the Knower of the unseen. O Allah, if in Your knowledge this matter [then mention the thing to be decided] is good for me in my religion (Deen) 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 [then mention the thing to be decided] is bad for me in my religion (Deen) 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, then help me to be content with it.[1]

[1] Al-Bukhari 7/162]

If performing the Salaah before sleeping, then sleep with Wudhu facing the Qiblah if possible. Carry out the action that your heart is content with. If you are still in doubt carry out the Istikharah for up to 7 days and Insha-Allah (God willing) a solution will be found.

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