Istikhara | Meaning Istikhara
There are a lot of people who wants to perform istikhara successfully but are unaware of the true meaning and the correct ways of performing it.So this article is written to help people with understanding the term istikhara properly and in detail so they can be successful in their effort while performing dua e istikhara .The word istikharah means to take guidance in some matter of life in a spiritual manner seeking advice and help from ”Allah”.The basic concept of this act is that one performing istikhara believes that “Allah” is the superior god who created him and knows about the future of everything ,so the person is looking for guidance on some specific matter in his/her life that whether that action will be good for him or it shall not be done. The practice of istikhara is proven from Muslim religion and practised by Muslims for getting help from god for future decisions.In other religions and beliefs ,similar practices like horoscope tarot and palm reading are used.
Istikhara is a proven technique from Quran and hadith to get help and guidance from god in the matters of life . So one can avoid any bad impacts of his action he is unaware of.The prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) used to perform the act of istikhara in important matters or decisions in his life so it is now followed by the Muslim community.The proper way of doing this has been done by our prophet and is described in the hadith and shall be done in the same manner.As the time passed a lot of other ways of doing istikharah were invented by people which will be discussed in future posts,but the proper and most authentic way is to follow the way our belove prophet did it.
Why perform istikhara
Now an important question arises , why to perform the act of istikharah? Is is necessary ?
The answer is yes and no, istikhara is meant to avoid possible losses by taking a specific decision in life and shall be performed in sensitive matters of life to the effect of the actions which can’t be reversed.There is no need to perform this act is normal decisions of life and it does not mean that you only count on istikhara leaving your common sense behind.A person conducting an istikharah shall also see all the aspect of his actions with open eyes and his past experiences and calculate all the necessary impacts of his actions.Now once he has calculated that then he/she shall perform the spiritual act of istikharah ,so he could get to a solid conclusion whether to do it or not.Then once he has made a decision he/she shall put the best efforts and available resources with a true will in order to achieve success in his purpose
When To Perform Istikhara?
Istikharah can be performed for any important decision as i have mentioned earlier but it’s recommended that you shall perform the act before making any decisions on the following occasions :
1. Selecting your marriage partner
2.Important educational careers decision
3.Decision for starting a new business
4.interest love marriage decision
5.Buying a new house
6.Selling a property
8.Purchasing any kind of assets
9.Making an important contract
10.Giving a loan to someone.
All these matters are sensitive and the outcome of the results can affect your life in long-term , so it is highly recommended to perform istikharah for these serious matters.
How to perform istikhara
There is a great need to understand that what is the proper way of performing this art as nowadays different kind of new methods and techniques have been introduced which by which people are misled to do such activities which have nothing to do with istikhara in reality.A big misunderstanding in the Muslim community about this act is that they think that they will read the dua e istikharah and sleep afterwards.They believe that some angle or god himself will guide them in their dreams about the situation but unfortunately they don’t know that dreams are of three types
1. By god for a Muslim
2. By Satan For Deceiving
3. Thoughts of the mind
So how can one predict that what he/she has seen in the dream was a sign from god ,this is misleading people and Islamic scholars are misguiding people.The other thing which i would like to highlight is that a person can only do istikhara for himself.Nowadays Muslim scholars are looting people by charging huge amount of money from them by claiming istikhara online services .
Proper way and Reality of istikhara
The proper way of istikhara is very simple and easy to perform by every Muslim at any time he seeks for Allah’s help .The procedure is that if someone wants to know whether he shall perform a specific act or will his action will be favourable or not then he/she shall say 2 0r 6 nafal namaz for the purpose of istikharah and then read the following dua which is stated in both Arabic and English below and seek for guidance with eyes closed and notice the feeling of his/her heart and pray to god that if the decision which had to be made ,is good in his favour then it shall happen otherwise it shall not be done by will.So you see its very simple you don’t have to go to any scholar or get fooled by istikhara online services.
Due e istikhara ( Arabic )
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ ارْضِنِي بِهِ
” ‘Allahumma inni Asta khi Ruka bi il Mika, Wa Asta QD Iruka bi-quadratic, Wa asaluka min fadlika al-‘azim Fa-innaka taqdiru Wala Qadir, Wa ta’lamu Wala a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allamu l-ghuyub. Allahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-l-amra (then the person reciting the du’a should mention the matter for which he is seeking Allah’s Guidance) Khairun li fi dini wa Masashi Wa Aqib ATi are (or ‘ajili amri wa’ajilihi) Faquir li was 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 Fairish anni was-rifni anhu. Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi.‘’
Dua e istikhara (English)
”(O Allah! I ask direction from Your insight, And Power from Your Might and I request Your incredible endowments. You are competent and I am most certainly not. You know and I don’t and You know the concealed.O Allah! On the off chance that You realize that this occupation is useful for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter–(or said: If it is better for my present and later needs)–Then You appoint it for me and make it simple for me to get, And then favor me in it, and on the off chance that You realize that this employment is destructive to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter–(or said: If it is more terrible for my present and later needs)–Then keep it far from me and let me be far from it. Furthermore, appoint for me whatever is beneficial for me, And make me fulfilled by it). The Prophet included that then the individual ought to name (specify) his need.”
Tips & Precautions | Istikhara
1.Always make a fresh wudu.
2.Say Two Nafals.
3.Learn Dua e istikhara by heart.
4.Select a clean place.
5.Perform a cleansing ritual or dua before starting.
6.Dua with faith in god.
7.Be aware of fraud online istikhara services.
8.Do not pay money to Muslim scholars pretending to be istikhara specialist.
9.Never give your picture name and details to these people.
All the facts about Dua e istikhara istikhara have been disclosed and described in detail to help people understand the reality and use of istikhara. dua e istikhara has been mentioned in istikhara Arabic and istikhara English both versions so one can perform istikhara by him/herself and be aware of scam fraud istikhara online services.