Salat al istikhara | salat istikhara
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The word salat is an Arabic word and is used many times in Quran,it is a combination of two words “salat” which means invocation or a special act of worship.It refers to the act of calling or praying demanding presence with softness and kindness.The second term istikhara means to seek or ask for guidance from Allah in any matter of life.I disagree with the statement that it is only used to choose between two options.It can be used to seek help and guidance from the lord in any matter.
So the conclusion that salat istikhara means to perform a special act of worship to seek guidance from ”Allah” for any matter or decision of life.
How to perform salat al istikharah
The salat istikhara is performed in the same manner as ordinary namaz or prayer is offered for any specific purpose known as nafal namaz with 2 rakats also known as salat al hajat ,the only difference is that salat al istikhara is performed with the intentions of doing the specific act of istikharah to seek guidance and help from god before making an important decision of life business studies or any other concern .The procedure is explained in simple steps:
1.Take fresh bath and make wudu
2.Find a suitable time when there is silence.
3.Use a light fragrance which makes you relax
4.There is no fixed time for performing salat al istikhara
5.Now say takbir with intentions of istikhara
5.once done recite dua for istikhara
6.remember to recite duas for istikhara at end
7.It is recommended to recite the dua for 11 times.
8,Remember to recite Durood 11 times in the beginning and at the end.
Now what will happen next and how will you find an answer for your questions?
This is the question a lot of people ask and the answer to it is that you will have clear feelings in your heart or your mood will change in a positive or a negative aspect about the answer to your question.This requires closing your eyes after the procedure and concentrate observe that that what are your heart feeling after performing the istikharah and follow the change and guidance from ”Allah” for the best results and to avoid any sort of inconvenience by your decision.
How Many times and when can one perform istikhara ?
The answer to this question is that it can be done as many times as you want or until you get a clear answer or guidance for your required question.The salat istikharah can be offered anywhere but it is highly recommended that it shall be performed in a place which is quiet and nobody interrupts you throughout the process,as you need keen observation and deep concentration what answer your heart brings out. A second thing if you are confused and can’t read your heart ,the easier way is to keep on performing the act and praying to ”Allah” that if it’s good for me make it happen or otherwise i shall not be able to do that.
Misconception About salat Istikhara
The trend and misconception about istikhara have been evolved in the Muslim community that our prophet used to do the act of salat ul istikharah and then sleep .Then he was being told the answer to his query in the dream .This is totally wrong and false practice which can be proven if we observe the following facts about the dreams in the light or Quran and sunnah that what kind of dreams can a person have:
1.Dreams showed by Allah
2.Evil dreams by satanic allies
3.Thoughts of the day
Now we can see that if a person sees a dream after performing salat istikhara he/she can’t be clear that which type of dream he saw and maybe misguided in this process.So this is a false practice which was never practices by our holy prophet Hazrat Muhammad (p.b.u.h) .
When To perform salat al istikhara
1. Selecting your marriage accomplice
2.Important instructive professions choice
3.Decision for beginning another business
4. marriage choice
5.Buying another house
6.Selling a property
8.Purchasing any sort of benefits
9.Making a critical contract
10.Giving an advance to somebody.
Great Benefit of istikhara
The greatest support a person gets from salat al Istikharah is that man becomes free from his materialistic desires, his selfishness and greed or a wish he wanted to become true in any case subject to his desire and he hands himself over to Allah. once he does this, he reaches the stage of peace and harmony as god knows what is better for his/her future.So it’s very true that a person by performing this act becomes free from worries and overcome his desires and wishes.He awaits that what will happen will be with god and would be better for him.
Dua salat al istikhara (Hadith English )
‘ (O Allah! I ask guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You know the unseen. O, Allah! If You know that this job is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter–(or said: If it is better for my present and later needs)–Then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, And then bless me in it, and if You know that this job is harmful to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter–(or said: If it is worse for my present and later needs)–Then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, And make me satisfied with it). The Prophet added that then the person should name (mention) his need.
Dua salat ul istikhara( Arabic hadith )
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
Dua salat ul istikhara French (Forum de la grand mosquee de Lyon.)
“O Seigneur je te demande en vertu de Ta Science de choisir pour moi la meilleure
solution. je te demande de me l’accordé en vertu de Ta Prédestination, et je te
demande de me faire bénéficier de Tes faveurs immenses, car Tu as la Puissance et
j’en suis dépourvu, Tu es Celui qui Sait et je suis ignorant(e), et Toi seul connais le
non-manifesté. O Seigneur si Tu sais que cette affaire m’est profitable pour ma vie en
ce monde, pour ma religion ainsi que pour mes fins dernières (ou encor pour mon
avenir immédiat ou lointain), destine la moi, rend la moi accessible et bénis la moi,
mais si Tu sais que cette affaire m’est néfaste, tant pour ma religion que pour ma vie
en ce monde et pour mes fins dernières, éloigne la de moi et éloigne moi d’elle, puis
destine moi le bien où qu’il se trouve et rend moi satisfait(e) d’en avoir bénéficié”
Ensuite, qu’il indique son affaire.
Source of french translation: Forum de la grand mosquee de Lyon.
Things to remember:
1.salat istikhara can be performed as many times you want.
2.It can be performed anywhere and for any purpose.
3.The intentions of istikhara are necessary before the act.
4.It’s not necessary to see the sight or feelings ,you are leaving
the decision in ”Allah’s”‘ hands by this act.
5.Salat al istakhara can be performed when prayers are not allowed
if the matter is urgent.
6.There is no concept of paid istikhara online services just fraud fake.
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