Istikhaarah is to seek guidance from Allah when one is faced with a problem to which no solution
Whenever a person is faced with a difficult problem, or becomes hesitant in making a decision and his
knowledge of the matter is insufficient to guide him then after seeking advice from trusted friends he should turn to Allah
and beseech His grace. He should willingly and with an open heart and mind supplicate for divine guidance and ask for direction
so that the problem is solved in his own best interest. The Du'aa at such an occasion is called Istikhaarah.
is in fact an invaluable teaching of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) with which the Muslims have been favoured. This
blessing could give solace to many for all times to come. It is related in the Hadith that Rasulullah (SAW) use to teach the
Istikhaarah to the Sahaabah (RA) like the Qur'an is taught to children. In another Hadith it is stated that 'He does not fail
who makes Istikhaarah and he does not regret who makes Mashwarah (consultation).
In the Masnoon Istikhaarah, after
one has carried out his responsibility as best as one can, one should hand over the entire matter and oneself to the limitless
knowledge of Allah Ta'ala. By resorting to Istikhaarah one is now retrieved of making a decision on ones own.
counsel is sought from a respectable and experienced person, it is expected that he will give good advise and assist to the
best of his ability. Similarly Istikhaarah is to seek counsel that the all-Knowing and Merciful Allah? Once Istikhaarah is
made then Allah Ta'ala will surely guide him to do what is best for him.
Now there can be no perplexity. Only that
will happen which Allah Ta'ala wills and which is good for ones own sake though one may not be able to see it immediately.
It is not necessary that one must experience or see an evident change or vision. Allah Ta'ala alone knows what is best for
His servants. It is related in the Hadith that 'Success and good tidings for the son of Aadam (Insaan) is in performing Istikhaarah
and his misfortune lies in not making Istikhaarah'.
METHOD OF ISTIKHAARAH
When making Istikhaarah begin with
performing two Rakaats Nafl Salaat. Then with all sincerity recite the following Du'a.
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-amr
khayrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma'aashiy wa-aaqibat amriy, fa'qdruhliy wa-yassirh liy thumma baarik liy feehi. Wa in-kunta ta'lamu
anna haadhal amr sharrun liy fiy deeniy wa-ma'aashiy was-'aaqibat amriy. Fa asrifh annee wa-srif 'anhu. Wa aqdurh liyal khayr
hayth kaana thumma a-rdhiniy bihee
Trans: 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 ordain it for me, and 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
While reciting this Du'aa when one reaches HAADHAL AMR (THIS MATTER) at both places he should think of
May Allah guide and assist us all, Aameen.