What is the Istikhara Prayer? The Istikhara prayer is a sacred act in Islam, performed to seek Allah’s guidance when facing important decisions or dilemmas in life. It’s a way to ask for divine help and clarity in understanding what choice aligns best with Allah’s will.
How to Perform the Istikhara Prayer Performing the Istikhara prayer is a simple yet profound process:
- Niyyah (Intention): Before starting the prayer, have a clear intention in your heart about the decision you seek guidance for.
- Recite Surah Al-Fatiha: Begin with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatiha, the opening chapter of the Quran.
- Recite Surah Al-Ikhlas and Surah Al-Falaq: After Al-Fatiha, recite Surah Al-Ikhlas (Chapter 112) and Surah Al-Falaq (Chapter 113) three times each.
- Perform the Istikhara Dua: Recite the Istikhara dua, asking Allah for guidance in your specific matter.“O Allah, I seek Your guidance by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power; I have none. And You know; I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (mention your need) is good for my religion, my livelihood, and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge, this matter is bad for my religion, my livelihood, and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it. And ordain for me the good wherever it may be, and make me content with it.”
- Salaam: Conclude the prayer by offering Salaam to both sides.
What to Do After the Istikhara Prayer After performing the Istikhara prayer, it’s essential to trust in Allah’s wisdom and be watchful for signs or feelings that may guide you in making your decision. Keep your heart and mind open to receiving guidance.