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Friday, May 15, 2020

dua e istikhara: how to pray in 4 steps

Dua e istikhara:

Dua e istikhara is also well known as istikhara Dua in English. Basically, Istikhara is a Masnoon Dua to seek guidance from Allah in every decision in life.

What is the significance of Istikhara in Islam?

Significance of dua e istikhara:

Is Dua e istikhara is only for major life decisions?
No,
Many Muslims think that Istikara is only for major decisions, when they stuck, confused, they don’t know what to do or cannot decide which one is the right decision.

Remember, Dua e istikhara is useful in all decisions. In fact, as per the Hadith Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah, Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) used to teach the sahaba’s how to do (pray) Dua e istikhara in all matters. (Sahih-al-Bukhari Vol 2, Book 21, No 263)

“In All Matters” it means, you can use Dua e istikhara in each and every decision of your life.

In another hadith Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah, Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) used to say, "If anyone of you intends to do something, he should offer two Rakat prayers other than the obligatory (Farz) prayers & after finishing it, he should pray Dua e istikhara. 
(Sahih-al- Bukhari, Vol 9, Book 93, No 487)

Hope, now you understand the importance of dua e istikhara using these Hadiths.

istikhara Dua in Arabic:

Dua e istikhara in Arabic
istikhara dua in Arabic

Dua e istikhara In English Transliteration:

Dua e istikhara in English Transliteration
Dua-e-istikhara in English Transliteration

Dua e istikhara meaning in English:

What is Istikhara?
What is a Dua of Istikhara?
“khara” means Khair- “good”
Istikhara means asking Allah for good. 
(Muntakhab Ahadith, Eng., Hadith No. 189)

Dua e istikhara means to ask Allah to guide one to the right sort of action concerning any job or a deed. 
(Sahih-al-Bukhari Vol 2, Book 21, Number 263)

Here is the true meaning of Dua e istikhara in English taken from Hadith. (Muntakhab Ahadith, Eng., Hadith No. 189)
Dua e istikhara meaning in English
Dua-e-istikhara meaning in English

How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara:

Here we are giving the how to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step in the easiest way. Read them carefully, each step is necessary, otherwise, Istikhara will not complete it. 

Other than this Dua e istikhara steps no other ways are given in Sahih al Bukhari or Muntakhab Ahadith hadiths and it is very easy to perform.

Istikhara It is just two Rakat salah other than obligatory farz salah also Dua e istikhara is considered as nafl salah.

Once you are done with your farz Salah, then whenever you want to do Dua e istikhara, make intention (niyath) of istikhara salah.

How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step:

Dua e istikhara step 1:

Complete your wudu first then make an intention of istikhara prayer, select a proper and clean place for prayer and face towards Holy Kaaba (Qibla).


*Start your two Rakat salah*

Dua e istikhara step 2: 
Start your 1st rak’at
  • Recite “Allahu Akbar”
  • isteftah Dua
  • Ta’awwuz
  • Tasmiah 
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
After finishing ta'awwuz and tasmiah recite Surah al-Fatiha
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step 
Then recite any Surah you know as per order.
  • Recite “Allahu Akbar”
  • and go in a ruku posture.
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
  • Rise from ruku and recite “Samiallah Huliman Hamida”
  • Then “Rabbana lakal Hamd”
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
  • Go in sujood (Sajda) posture and Recite Subhanna Rabbiyal A'laa –Three Times.
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step 
  • Rise and sit on your knees
  • Again go in sujood (Sajda) posture (2nd Sujood)
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step 
  • Recite "Allahu Akbar" then stand from sujood posture.
Dua-e-istikhara step 3: 
Start your 2nd rak’at 
  • Read Tasmiah “Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem”
  • Recite surah Al-fatiha as given above.
  • Then any Surah you know as per order (other than first rak’at)
  • Go in ruku posture then rise from ruku and Go in sujood (Sajda) posture as above and perform two sujoods again.
  • Recite "Tashahhud" 
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step 
  • Recite Durood
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
Lastly,
  • Salam right "As-salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah"
  • Then salam left "As-salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah"
Congrats, you just finished your two Rakat of dua e istikhara prayer.
Now, follow the last and most important step of Dua e istikhara prayer.

Dua e istikhara Step 4: 
Then after the prayer, recite Dua e istikhara.
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
How to do (pray) Dua e istikhara step by step
After reciting Dua e istikhara then name (mention) your matter/need.

That’s it!!!! 


This is the proper, authentic, and the easiest way to perform dua e istikhara prayer as per the hadiths.

Now, leave everything on Allah, trust Allah, Allah will guide you what is better for you.

Online istikhara:

It is possible to do online Dua e istikhara?
If you search for online istikhara on the internet, you will find hundreds of websites to do online istikhara with some fees, but unfortunately, it not possible and it does not work in that way. 

The only you (concerned person) have to do Dua e istikhara and don’t worry it is very easy to perform. Above we have given the proper way to perform istikhara as per hadith. 

Dua e istikhara for marriage:

1) Can you do Istikhara for marriage?
According to hadith, everyone should perform istikhara “in all matters”. It means you can do istikhara for your marriage also.

2) What is Istikhara? How do I do Istikhara for marriage?
Istikhara means asking for good; by performing istikhara we are asking Allah to guide us what is better for us. istikhara is very easy to perform, you need to pray two Rakat salah, after finishing your salah, recite the dua e istikhara and mention the name of him/her and your concerned matter. Ask Allah about him/her.
For example,
 “Is XYZ is the right person to get married?”
“If XYZ is good for me, then help me, guide me to get married”

3) Is Istikhara always right for an arranged marriage?
Can Istikhara be wrong in the case of marriage?
Istikhara is a dua to ask help to seek guidance from Allah. When you ask for guidance Allah will never misguide you. 

Allah knows what is good for you, he is the best planner. So, istikhara never be wrong and always right in all matters. You just need to perform istikhara in the right proper way and trust Allah.

4) Is istikhara compulsory for marriage?
istikhara is not compulsory for marriage but, as mentioned in hadiths istikhara one should perform dua e istikhara in all matters. So, one should perform istikhara for marriage, so Allah will guide you to decide a good life partner and to live better-married life. 


Dua e istikhara FAQs:

People also ask

1) Why do we pray Istikhara?
istikhara means asking good from Allah, seeking guidance from Allah for better, asking Allah’s help for a good decision, because Allah is the best planner and Allah knows what is better for you, so we pray istikhara for Allah’s guidance for better life decisions and we trust Allah.

2) Is istikhara always true?
3) Is istikhara always correct?
4) Is istikhara always right?
First, you need to understand what is istikhara is? istikhara is a dua, where you ask Allah for guidance for better decisions.
Asking Allah for good is the meaning of istikhara. And Allah is the best planner and Allah knows what is better for you. 

Allah knows what is right for you. By using dua e istikhara, you are asking guidance from Allah, and Allah will never misguide you. So, istikhara is always true and right for you.

Is this necessary to sleep on the namaz mat after istikhara?
No, it is not necessary to sleep on the namaz mat after istikhara. It is not related to istikhara namaz.

5) After istikhara I have bad dreams so what is its conclusion or result?
istikhara does not have any relation with dreams, there is no hadith of dreams in istikhara. If you dreamed about the concerned matter for which you did istikhara, better to do one more time for more clarity.

6) Before reading istikhara namaz we must read Surah Yaseen or Surah Baqarah?
No, there is no such compulsion to read surah Yaseen or surah Baqarah. You just have to perform istikhara in a proper way.

7) Can your parents do istikhara for you?
Yes, only when the concerned matter is directly related to parents. For example, the decision on child school admission as the child is too small to perform istikhara.

8) Can we perform namaz istikhara for someone else without informing them?
No, you cannot perform istikhara namaz for someone else, only the concerned person needs to perform istikhara namaz.

9) Can I do more than two or 3 Dua in one istikhara?
No, you cannot. istikhara is only one dua, which has to be done after two Rakat nafil salah, you need to do one istikhara dua to complete istikhara, once your istikhara completed, later you can do the dua you want.

10) Can we ask two things in the same istikhara?
Yes, you can ask two things in the same istikhara but remember both things must be related to each other; otherwise, you have to do istikhara separately for both things.

11) Do you have to get istikhara on Thursday?
No, there is no such condition of Thursday for istikhara prayer; you can do istikhara whenever you want.

12) Can I do istikhara for disease?
Yes, you can do istikhara for your disease and seek guidance for better treatment, better physicians, etc. for better health from Allah.

13) Can we do istikhara for others?
 someone else do istikhara for you?
 istikhara be done for someone else?
 Does someone do istikhara on your behalf?
No, only the concerned person has to do istikhara prayer. No, others cannot do istikhara for you or on your behalf.
Like, if you want to get married then only you have to perform istikhara namaz, not your friend or relative.

14) Can istikhara change over time?
Yes, you can change istikhara over time. Suppose, a person decided to join in the workplace. So he did istikhara before joining, but due to some unavoidable circumstances now he wants to leave that job. He can do istikhara for leaving that workplace. And Allah will help, what is better for him.

15) What’s the blue color that indicates in istikhara?
There are no such color indications in istikhara. Also, no hadith mention any color or dream in istikhara.

16) I prayed Istikhara and I had a dream with both black and white, what do I follow?
Does the dream come after istikhara prayers are true?
istikhara does not have a relation with dreams, no hadith regarding any dreams after istikhara prayer.

17) Is there any side effect of doing istikhara?
There are no side effects of doing dua e istikhara, in fact with the help of istikhara you are asking help from Allah to guide you which is better for you. And Allah never misguides anyone. Allah knows what is right for you.

18) If Istikhara is supposed to facilitate what is good for me, then why am I struggling so much?
Everyone struggles. Struggling is a part of life. In fact struggling is better because without a struggle no one can succeed in life. And if you are struggling after istikhara, then it must be better for your future because Allah knows what is better for you, trust Allah.
If your struggle is unbearable and you are deciding to change in life for fewer struggles then you should do one more istikhara, and ask guidance from Allah, Trust Allah, Allah will guide you again for a better life.

19) Can I do Istikhara to get good grades in an exam?
Yes, you can do dua e istikhara to get good grades in an exam, you need to do istikhara and ask Allah to guide you to which books to read, which note’s to refer, etc. sure Allah will help you. Trust Allah.

20) How do I do Istikhara?
What is the proper way to do Istikhara?
istikhara prayer is very easy to perform. As per hadith, you just have to perform two Rakat salah other than obligatory farz salah.
Means you have to perform two Rakat nafil salah, after finishing salah you have to read the dua e istikhara with naming your concerned matter. That’s it.
Above we have given the proper and easiest way to perform istikhara as per hadith.

21) At what time should Istikhara be done?
There is no time condition to perform dua e istikhara, you can do istikhara whenever you want.

22) How can I do Istikhara for my divorce problem?
You need to perform istikhara in the right way, and ask help from Allah regarding your divorce problem; sure, Allah will guide you which is better for you. 

Read :
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2) 99 names Of Allah (asmaul husna) with Meaning in English


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