Whenever man is unsure about the decision that he is about to make, Salatul istikhara is the best way to seek Allah guidance. This salat will help you ask for Allah’s help in guiding you through the decision.
Allah has made human as the wisest specie in the universe, but without His advice man is nothing. He alone knows what is best for us. We cannot see the bad hidden behind the good that is in front of our eyes. He knows it all.
Ask for Allah’s help and He will surely answer you. The question can be about anything, should you attend this graduate school, should you marry this person, should you go for a road trip. It can be anything from the most serious issues of life to the smallest questions. Anytime you feel like you need His help, just ask for by salatul istikhara, because He answers those who ask.
It is important that you have full belief in your heart that He will answer your prayer and that His guidance is the best even if it does not match with our desires. He knows what we don’t.
Once you make your istikhara dua, don’t be impatient, don’t lose hope, sooner or later, He will answer your questions. Human is nothing to put Allah on timetable. Don’t wait for any miracles to happen, like a dream full of obvious signs about what you should do. Just have firm belief in your heart that He has heard your prayer and He will answer you in a way He decides to be the best.
Marriage is the most important phase of anyone’s life. If you are uncertain about the person who is going to enter your life, just ask from Allah. Do istikhara for marriage. Istikhara has proved to be effective for numerous amount of people, istikahra has saved people from making wrong decisions.
How to perform the Salatul istikhara
Salat-l-Istikhara is described in the Hadith narration below.
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam used to teach us the way of doing istikhara (istikhara means to ask Allah to guide one to the right sort of action concerning any job or a deed), in all matters as he taught us the Surats of the Quran. He said, “If anyone of you thinks of doing any job he should offer a two Rakat prayer other than the compulsory ones and say (after the prayer):
‘Allaahumma innii astakhiiruka bi’ilmika, Wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, Wa as’aluka min fadlikalazim Fa-innaka taqdiru Walaa aqdiru, Wa ta’lamu Walaa a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allaamu l-ghuyub. Allaahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-l-amra Khairun lii fii diinii wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or ‘ajili amri wa’ajilihi) Faqdirhu wa yas-sirhu lii summa baarik lii Fihi, Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha-lamra shar-run lii fii diini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or fi’ajili amri wa ajilihi) Fasrifhu anni was-rifni anhu. Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi.’
Translation of Salatul istikharaSalatul istikhara
“O Allah! I beg guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I beg for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not know and You know the invisible. O Allah! If You know that this job is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter–(or said: If it is better for my present and later needs)–Then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get And then bless me in it. If You know that this job is harmful to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter–(or said: If it is worse for my present and later needs)–Then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, And make me satisfied with it). The Prophet added that then the person should name (mention) his need.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 21 Hadith 263
When making the dua, the actual matter or decision should be mentioned instead of the words “hathal-amra” (“this matter”).
You must know that Allah’s guidance does not only come through sign and symbols in your dreams or feelings, as you must have heard. He also guides you through the way the events unfold in front of you when you have put all your efforts in your desire.
Don’t be impatient to get your answers and trust Allah and that He will help you, just like He always has.