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Method of Istikharah Salaah

Q. Thank you so much for clarifying that Istikharah should be performed on one’s own in your recent newsletter. What I would like to know is the correct procedure for Istikharah. Please explain to me. Someone has proposed to me for marriage and I would like to do Istikharah the correct way.

(There may be grammatical and spelling errors in the above question. Questions are published as received)

A. The purpose of Istikharah is to ask Allah for good or to ask Allah for the best. The only way of asking Allah is by Dua and this is what Istikharah is all about.

The prescribed manner of Istikharah, as recorded in the Hadith is that a person should pray two Rakaats Nafl Salaah. After completing the Salaah, you should make the Dua of Istikharah which is as follows:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ، وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ العَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ، وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ، وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعِيشَتِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَيَسِّرْهُ لِي، ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعِيشَتِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي، وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ، وَاقْدُرْ لِي الخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ، ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ
Transliteration: Allaahumma innee astakheeruka bi ilmika wa-astaqdiruka biqudratika wa-as’aluka min fadhlika al-adheem. Fa innaka taqdiru walaa aqdiru. Wa ta’lamu walaa a’alamu wa anta allaamul ghuyoob. Allaahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna haadhal-amra khayrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma’eeshati wa-aaqibati amriy, fa yassirhu liy thumma baarik liy feehi. Wa in-kunta ta’lamu anna haadhal amra sharrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma’eeshati wa-‘aaqibati amriy. Fasrifhu annee wa-srifni ‘anhu. Wa aqdurh liyal khayr hayth kaana thumma ardhiniy bihee
Translation: O Allah! Behold I ask You the good through Your Knowledge, and ability through Your Power, and beg (Your favour) out of Your infinite Bounty. For surely You have Power; I have none. You know all; I know not. You are the Great Knower of all things. O Allah! If in Your Knowledge this matter be good for my faith (Deen), for my livelihood, and for the consequences of my affairs, then make it easy for me, and bless me therein. But if in Your Knowledge, this matter be bad for my faith (Deen) for my livelihood, and for the consequences of my affairs, then turn it away from me, and turn me away therefrom, and ordain for me the good wherever it be, and cause me to be pleased therewith.
(Tirmizi, Hadith #: 480, Narrated by Jabin bin Abdillah)
It is recommended that a person should read the Salaah and Dua of Istikharah just before retiring to bed and should continue this practice for seven consecutive days. Thereafter, you should choose the option that you are inclined towards. (Nihayatul Murad)

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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