Istikharah Method Perform

Istikharah is a means of asking Allah (s.w.t) to choose the best for you when you need to make the right decision.

It can be done at any time of the day and not just during the night before sleeping.

One should not make Istikharah for Fardh (compulsory) actions i.e. Should I perform my Fardh Hajj or not.

Istikharah is not only performed for finding the right spouse but can also be offered for Nafl (optional) and Mustahab (preferable) actions.

Anyone can perform Istikharah and it is best that you perform it yourself.

After performing Istikharah it is not necessary to have a dream, a gut feeling will also be sufficient.

Jabir bin Abdullah (radiAllahu anhu) said: The Prophet used to teach us to seek guidance from Allah in all matters.

He () would say: When anyone of you has an important matter to decide, let him pray two Rak’aahs other than the obligatory prayer, and then recite the Istikharah Du’aa.’

Steps to Pray Istikharah

1. Perform Wudu for prayer

2. Make intention for Istikharah Prayer

أُصَلَّيْ سُنَّةَ الْإِسْتِخَارَةِ رَكْعَتَيْنِ لِلَّهِ تَعَالَى

Usolli sunnatal-Istikharati rak’ataini lillah ta’ala

I intend to perform two rakats of the salat al Istikhara.

3. Praying two rak’aahs same as for any other prayer.

It is preferable to read surah Al-Kafiroon in the first rak’ah after surah Al-Fatiha and surah Al-Ikhlas in the second rak’ah after surah Al-Fatiha.

4. Recite the Dua Istikharah

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