How To Do Istikhara Prayer Step By Step [2022 UPDATED]

How To Do Istikhara Prayer Step by Step In Proper Halal Method

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Aslam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu to all my dear readers, Today, we are sharing How To Do Istikhara Prayer in the Proper Halal Method.

This prayer is in the proper Quranic halal method, which you can’t find on any other platform.

It advised reading the entire paragraph carefully to know all the methods appropriately to perform the Ishtikhara correctly.

Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: 

“He who seeks counsel from Allah (Istikhaara) will not fail, and he who consults and seeks advice from people will not regret it.”

Ishitikhara means to seek guidance from Allah (SWT) on a specific matter or work. Allah Sweet will undoubtedly make matters easier for you with the Istikhara prayer.

Allah Sweet will undoubtedly make matters easier for you with the Istikhara prayer. You must seek the blessings and guidance of Allah before starting any work Because Allah Sweet knows what is most suitable for us.

What Is The Ishtilkhara Prayer?

The word Istikhara means seeking guidance from Allah Sweet in any matter. To request for asking something in a matter, thus the phrase indicates some demand.

According to Islam, it means asking for something good from Allah(the Merciful).

Istikhara refers to asking from Allah’s infinite insight in a state of confusion with the hope that one will be directed to what is better for him. 

Consult them in affairs (of the moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust” (in Him) (3:159)

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of niyyah to make any prayer or worship successful.

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How To Do Istikhara Prayer Step by Step (Guidance To Perform)

To get the desired results, you must perform this Ishtikara correctly. The prayer of Istikharah was described in a Hadith narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah Al-Salami, who said:

 “The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) used to teach his companions to make Istikharah in all things, just as he used to teach them surahs from the Qur’an.” 

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  1. The foremost step is cleaning yourself (do proper Wuzu) and dressing clean for external purity.
  2. Centering your Intention (Niyyah).It should be obvious; there should be no doubt in your mind. Otherwise, your prayers will not get accepted. Our Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, “Actions are (judged) by intentions (niyyah), so each man will receive what he has intended for.” [Bukhari & Muslim].
  3. Now perform the prayer of witness by raising the index finger of your right hand “Ash-hadu al laa ilaaha illALLAHu wahdahuu laa shariikalahu, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhuu wa rasuuluh”.
  4. Prepare yourself for Ishtikhara while performing face towards the Qibla.
  5. After that, recite- “Usolli sunnatal-Istikharati rak’ataini lillah ta’ala” I intend to pray the Sunnah Istikhara prayer, two Raka’at, for Allah” (SWT).
  6. Now Offer “Takbir” and offer two Raka’at Nafil prayers:
  7. First Raka’at Nafil prayer– Recite Surah Al-Fatiha then Surah Al-Kafirun.
  8. Second Raka’at Nafil prayer-Recite Surah Al-Fatiha then Surah Ikhlas.
  9. Recite “Tashahhud” (offer peace and blessing upon the Prophet).
  10. After Saying Salam, As per our Prophet Mohammed SAW (PBUH), perform this dua by Sunnah of raising hands:

Traslation: “Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi’ilmika, Wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, Wa as’alaka min fadlika Al-`azlm Fa-innaka taqdiru Wala aqdiru, Wa ta’lamu Wala a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allamu l-ghuyub. Allahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-lamra Khairun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati `Amri (or ‘ajili `Amri wa’ajilihi) Faqdirhu wa yas-sirhu li thumma barik li Fihi, Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha-lamra shar-run li fi dini 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.”

Meaning“O Allah, you can, and I am not. O Allah, you know everything, and I do not know .you know the unseen.

Allah, if you know this job is good for my religion and subsistence, appoint it for me and make it easy to get and bless me.

If You know this job is harmful to me or my religion and the hereafter, keep it away from me and let me stay away from it and whatever is good for me, do that and satisfy me with that.”

     11. Afterward, Prophet (PBUH) said to express or mention your need and leave all things in the hands of Allah (SWT).

How To Do Istikhara Prayer Step by Step (Guidance To Perform)
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Niyyah (Intention, Why You Are Performing This Dua)

“AR-RAHMAAN” The Most or Entirely Merciful, you are the one who always leads us onto the right path and always wants our best.

“AL-MU’MIN” Today, I am performing Ishtiklhara because I want to seek your guidance before anything. 

“AL-BASEER” your decisions are always ideal for us because you can see everything before even it happens. 

Almighty Allah, you are the most knowledgeable, and your wisdom is infinite, so please guide your servant at this point in life. I am forever grateful for all the blessings you have on me.

Perform this Niyyah before any dua to double the effects our “Prophet Mohammed” (SAW) narrated in a hadith, “Actions are (judged) by intentions (niyyah), so each man will receive what he has intended for.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Benefits of Offering Ishtikhara:

  • Make our way easy

We can rely blindly on Allah Sweet for guidance and supervision at any point in our lives. It will undoubtedly make our life a lot easier.

“Consult with them in (conducting) matters. Once you make a decision, put your trust in Allah. Surely Allah loves those who trust in Him.” (Surah Ali-‘Imran, 3:159)

  • Good decisions 

With the help of Istikhara, we can remove our mistakes or wrong decision because Allah is the only one who knows everything about the future, and that’s why He can guide us on the right path.

  • Solves the problem 

The best way to solve a problem in Islam is to take the help and goodness of Allah Whenever we are unconfident in making the right decision. We turn to Allah Sweet’s guidance with the help of the Ishtikhara.

  • Increase Faith in Allah

We should seek advice from Allah, as He is the most knowledgeable. It allows us to answer correctly and increases faith in the Almighty.

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5 Things You Should Know About Ishtikhara 

  1.  It would be best if you were confident about your need or intention. Clarity of mind and Internal devotion are necessary to get desired outcomes.
  2. Best time to perform Ishtikhara
  • Before the “Fazr Namaz,” The Prophet said that Allah the Merciful comes down every night (In the last moments of the night), Allah (the Merciful) announces His creatures to call upon Him: 

“Is there anyone to call me” whosoever calls Him, He accepts his prayer, fulfills his demands, and forgives him.”

  • Before the “Asar prayer” until sunset. Another hadith by Ibn Umar Narrates Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: “Do not intend to observe prayer at the time of the rising of the sun nor its setting, for it rises between the horns of Satan.” (Muslim)

5 Things You Should Know About Ishtikhara

We shouldn’t do Ishtikhara prayer in times when prayers are prohibited.

3. You will get signs in your dreamsThe Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said dreams are of three types:

  • Good signs from Allah
  • whatever is on our mind
  • Ominous signs because of Satan.

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4. Women Do not perform Ishtikhara During Menses (Periods). You can make dua; it will have the same effect.

5. You can perform Ishtikhara 7 days a week, repeating Ishtikhara as often as you feel is alright or till you see the prominent signs from Allah (SWT).

Follow Some Istikhara Prayer Rules

When you learn How to do Istikhara, you must also understand the Istikhara prayer rules you must follow for the success of your prayer:

  • While performing the Istikhara, you must have a Positive and proper mindset.

Remarkable is the affair of the believer. All his life is good, and this is not for anybody except the believer. If something good happens to him, he is grateful, and that is good for him. If something harmful befalls him, he is patient, which is good for him. (Saheeh Muslim #2999)

  • You should pray with sincerity as your mind, heart, and soul should be sincere to the cause you ask for guidance for your troubles. If you receive an answer, be passionate about it and follow the advice even if it’s not one you like, as that is the proper way to perform Istikhara.
  • You should offer the prayer without pleading or begging but must lead it firmly.
  • You mustn’t be impatient to receive an answer from Allah as Allah doesn’t follow a timetable, and the answer will come in its time. 
  • You should not be desperate and expect the answer to be like miracles or dreams but wait for subtle signs or feelings to show you the way.

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Conclusion 

Allah is there for us at every trial and tribulation. If we devoutly pray and offer supplication to Allah, we will receive help, protection, and answers to every question. As Allah SWT Said: “Call upon Me, I will respond to you” (40:60).

Learning how to perform Istikhara will help us greatly in our lives. In our life, we have to face many painful situations and make several difficult decisions.

This article states the importance of Ishtikhara (seeking Allah’s guidance) in our lives.

Learning how to perform Istikhara will help us greatly in our lives. In our life, we have to face many painful situations and make several difficult decisions.

These are the times when we should seek guidance and advice from Allah. 

If your Istikhara has not come according to you, then don’t be demoralized because Allah always thinks better for us. 

You may dislike something although it is good for you, or like something, although it is bad for you: God knows, and you do not.” (2:216) 

By the Ishtikhara, May Allah Sweet grant us the courage and wisdom to make the ideal judgments and direct us during our journey in this world.

Note: Allah (SWT) will praise you. If you make this dua known to more and more people because if you pass on this, they will benefit by doing it, and maybe it can change their life, then it is obvious you will also get the reward for the good deed (Sadaqah)

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Frequently asked questions

Is there any Istikhara for the love problem?

For performing love problem Istikhara, first, clean yourself properly, then recite this Surah Al Qamar.

Verse 1 to 7 also read Ayutul kursi after Maghrib Nawaz. Then, recites Allah’s ten names with your pure heart and keep full faith in Allah.

After that, go to sleep. Whatever you see in your dreams, it will be a sign related to your love problem.

Can I perform Istikhara by myself?

If you haven’t done any haram things, and if you know how to recite Dua’s, Wazifa’s and Ayat’s correctly.

Then, you can perform Istikhara by yourself. Still, you are facing any issues. Then you can contact our Molana Ashif Ali Khan he will assist. You in the best Islamic way.

Can Istikhara solve problems related to love?

No, Istikhara only tells about the brief of the problem you are facing and why it’s happening. Who is creating this problem?

We only come to know all of this by Istikhara. Istikhara is not the solution to the problem it only tells about why you are facing this problem. 

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  1. Assalamalykum wa rehamatulahi barkatu hu
    Mera bhai na apni shadi ka liya istakaqara kiya
    Wa kahab ma gunhgat aur thodi dear baad dargah ka mazar deakha .iss ka kya matlab kya hai kya ye sahi hai shar hai .

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