Dua’a for Istikhara
Istikhara or Dua 1 – If you want to search for divine favour and guidance before doing any work
there are a few procedures, we are giving the following dua’a as known as istikharah.
Shaykh al Tusi has advised the seeker of istikhara to have a bath pray a 2 rakat salat and after the salam go into sajdah and recite 3 times :
ASTAKHEERULLAAHA FEE JAMEE-I UMOOREE KULLIHAA KHIYARATAN FEE AA’AFIYATIN
After reciting the du-a’a do what you feel just and suitable.
Istikhara or Dua 2 – It is reported that Imam Sahib al Zaman has advised the believers to seek istikhara as under :
(i) keep in mind the task with the intention of doing it.
(ii) recite salawat 3 tinmes.
ALLAAHUMMA S’ALLI A’LAA MUH’AMMADIN WA AALI MUHA’AMMAD
(iii) hold a rosary(trasbih) at any place in your left hand anf from there with the right hand, start moving two beads at a time. If only one bead remains in the end do what you want to do and if two beads are left do not do it. Doing or not doing is optional not compulsory.
Istikhara or Dua 3 – Refer to du-a’a 2 and do as under:
(i) keep in mind the task with the intention of not doing it
(ii) recite salawat as given in (ii) of du-a’a 5
(iii) do as advised in (iii) of du-a’a but if two beads are left in the end the work has to be done. It becomes obligatory to carry it out, otherwise there is every likelihood of loss and deprivation.
Istikhara or Dua 4 – We give below the method of istikhara recommended by Imam Jafar bin Muhammad as Sadiq :
Perform Wudu (ablution) or after praying any salat, sit facing qiblah and recite :
(i)Al Fatihaha (Once)
(ii) Al Ikhlas (3 times)
(iii) Salawat (15 times)
(iv) Recite the following dua :
ALLAAHUMMA INNE AS-ALUKA BIH’AQQIL H’USAYNI WA JADDIHEE WA ABEEHI WA AKHEEHI WA UMMIHEE WAL A-IMMATI MIN D’URRIYYATIHEE AN TUS’ALLIYA A’LAA MUH’AMMADIN WA AALI MUH’AMMADIN WA AN TAJ-A’LA LIYAL KHIYARATA FEE HADD’IHIS SABH’ATI WA AN TURIYANEE MAA HUWAL ASLAH’U LEE FEE DEENEE WA DUNYAAYA ALLAAHUMMA IN KAANA AS’LAH’U FEE DEENEE WA DUNYAAYA FI-A’LA MAA ANAA A’AZIMUN A’LAYHI FAAMURNEE WA ILLAA FANHANEE INNAKA A’LAA KULLI SHAY-IN QADEER.
(v) now hold the rosary in your left hand at any place and start moving one bead at a time with your right hand and say
SUBH’AANALLAAH, ALH’AMDULILLAH, LA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH on three heads one by one, continue it till you reach the end. If the last bead ends with SUBH’AANALLAAH it means ‘neither good nor bad”. If it ends with ALH’AAMDULILLAAH IT MEANS GOOD. And if it ends with LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH it means do not do it.
Istikhara or Dua 5 – Given below is the method of seeking istikhara from the holy quaran recommended by the Prophet
(i) Recite al Ikhlas 3 times
(ii) recite salawat at 3 times
(iii) then say:
ALLAAHUMMA INNEE TAFAA-ALTU BIKITAABIKA WA TAWAKKALTU A’LAYKA FA-ARINEE MIN KITAABIKA MAA HUWA MAKTOOBUN MIN SIRRIKAL MAKANOONI FEE GHAYBIKA
(iv) Open the Holy Quran and derive the indication from the first line of right hand page.
Istikhara or Dua 6 – Given below is the method of seeking istikhara from the Holy Quran recommended by Imam Jafar bin Muhammad al Sadiq.
(i) Say BISMILLAAHIR RAH’MAANIR RAH’EEM
(ii) Say :
IN KAANA FEE QAZ’AA-IKA WA QADARIKA AN TAMUNNA A’LAA SHI-ATI AALI MUH’AMMADIN A’LAYHIMUS SALAAMU BIFARAJI WALIYYIKA WA H’UJJATIKA A’LAA KHALQIKA FA-AKHRU ILAYNAA AAYATAN MIN KITAABIKA NASTADILLU BIHA A’LAA D’AALIKA
WAY TO PERFORM ISTIKHARA:
First pray Two Cycles (raka’) of ritual Prayer (nafil) such that in the first raka’ after Surah Fatiha (Allhamd…) recite Surah al-Kafirun (Chapter 109) and in the second raka’ after Fatiha (Allhamd…) recite Surah al-Ikhlas (Chapter 112). After finishing prayer recite this (supplication/dua’): Dua in Arabic Text above.
“O Allah! I seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) I seek strength, and I ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and I do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action ———————————————— (which I intend to do) is better for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for me and make it easy for me and then add blessings [baraka’] in it, for me. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for me, bad for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from me and turn me away from it and whatever is better for me, ordain [destine] that for me and then make me satisfied with it.”
How many times?
It depends. Sometimes it takes only once to get the answer and sometimes it takes longer. It is better to do istakhara seven (7) times. If you have received an answer as explained in the section below, stop doing istikhara. You do not have to continue to do isitkhara for 7 days. It is better that right after reciting the supplication, given above, sleep with ablution (people who cannot keep the ablution for longer times due to health problems do not have to worry about ablution before falling asleep) facing the direction of the Qibla (facing the Qibla is not required but it is a Sunnat of our beloved Prophet Peace Be Upon Him). It is better to recite salutations (durood/ salawat) on the Prophet Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him before and after the above Dua (supplication).
If in the dream one sees whiteness (means any thing white in color, for example: milk, white paper, white sky, white clothes, white light etc.) or greenness (means any thing green in color, for example: grass, plants, trees, green clothes, green light etc.) then understand that this task is better and if one sees redness (means any thing red in color, for example: blood, red clothing, red fruit, red light etc.) or blackness (means any thing black in color, for example: black water, black light, black clothings, black sky, black wall etc. ) then understand it is bad and avoid it.
If do not remember any dream or do not see any colors then follow your heart. Whatever intention grows stronger in your heart regarding your targated work follow it after seven days of Istakhara.