Istikhara Dua-The Methods, Benefits & Tasbeeh of Dua Istikhara

Meaning of Istikhara:

The word Istikhara means “to seek which is good.” The Istikhara Dua refers to asking Allah for help, guidance, wisdom, support, and supervision. By praying this prayer, a believer leaves the decision upon Allah (SWT) to chose better for him among the shortlisted two or three things. 

Whenever a Muslim faces difficulty in deciding what is best for him then he offers the Istikhara prayer. There is no issue in reciting the dua as it is Sunnah and initially it was recited by Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). For solving such issues, it is recommended act for every Muslim to recite the Dua Istikhara.

Dua Istikhara with Urdu Translation:

The Istikhara Dua in Arabic states that:

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

which can be translated in Urdu as:

اے اللہ! بے شک میں تجھ سے تیرے علم کے ساتھ بھلائی طلب کرتا ہوں اور تجھ سے تیری قدرت کے ساتھ طاقت طلب کرتا ہوں اور میں تجھ سے تیرے فضل عظیم کا سوال کرتا ہوں کیونکہ تو قدرت رکھتا ہے اور میں قدرت نہیں رکھتا ، تو جانتا ہے اور میں نہہیں جانتا اور تو غیبوں کو خوب جانتا ہے۔ اے اللہ اگر تو جانتا ہے کہ بے شک یہ کا م (اس کام کا نام لے) میرے لئے میرے دین ، میرے معاش اور میرے انجا م کار کے لحاظ سے بہتر ہے تو اس کا میرے حق میں فیصلہ کر دے اور اسے میرے لئے آسان کر دے ، پھر میرے لئے اس میں برکت ڈال دے اور اگر تو جانتا ہے کہ بے شک یہ کام (اس کام کا نام لے) میرے لئے میرے دین، میرے معاش اور میرے انجام کارکے لحاظ سے برا ہے تو اسے مجھ سے دور کر دے اور مجھے اس سے دور کر دے اور میرے لئے بھلائی کا فیصلہ کر دے جہاں بھی وہ ہو ، پھر مجھے اس پر راضی کر دے ۔

Dua Istikhara in English:

Dua Istikhara in English is:

O Allah, with Your knowledge I seek the good, with Your power I seek ability and Your mighty favor for certainly You have the power that I don’t have, You know and I do not Know and You Know the unseen. O Allah, in Your knowledge if this work is good for me in this Duniya and the Akhirah (hereafter), then let it be for me, grant me blessings in it and if it is bad for me then keep it far away from me and grant me any destiny that will make me happy.

Methods of Offering The Dua Istikhara Tasbeeh:

There are various methods of reciting the Dua Istikhara, the uncomplicated methods are highlighted below:

Reciting Dua Istikhara For Guidance:

The Istikhara is a dua for guidance, it is appropriate when one has to make a non-obligatory decision. The examples of non-obligatory decisions are:

  1. Choosing between a good university or college
  2. Choosing a spouse or a partner
  3. Deciding between taking or switching jobs, etc.

The easiest method of doing Istikhara is to recite two Rakkahs of Nafil prayer then pray the Istikhara Dua. There is no restriction on how long one must perform the Istikhara. One can repeat the process for several days. It is advised to also consult some wise person for opting such decisions.

Condition For Reciting Dua Istikhara:

The following conditions and requirements must be met to perform Istikhara:

  1. Proper cleanliness of place & body must be assured
  2. Clarity of thoughts shall be maintained
  3. Talking & performing other tasks between Dua Istikhara must be strictly avoided

Results of the Istikhara:

One can receive the results of Istikhara in several ways from dreaming to receiving hints in form of thoughts. Following conditions must be required for clear instructions or thoughts. Furthermore, if anyone is unable to perform the process of Istikhara then they can fill this form and our officials can perform processes of Istikhara for them.

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Benefits of Dua Istikhara:

There are ample benefits of reciting the Dua Istikhara. they can be listed down as follows:

  1. One’s doubts can be easily be cleared by Istikhara ki Dua
  2. It encourages the understanding and mutual will of a person
  3. Allah’s help is provided through this process
  4. It assigns us mental peace
  5. It helps us in differentiating between good vs bad
  6. Istikhara solemn our belief towards Allah

Most Common FAQs About Dua Istikhara:

Is Dua Istikhara authentic to perform?

Yes, reciting the Dua Istikhara is completely authentic and Sunnah as it was followed by the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (SAW).

How many Rakkahs to perform before reciting Dua Istikhara?

Two Nafil Rakkahs to be performed with complete cleanliness, physically and mentally before reciting the Istikhara.

How are the results of Istikhara revealed?

The results of Istikhara can reveal in several ways, such as through dreams or special signs or thoughts.

Can someone else do Istikhara for us?

Any wise or educated person can do Istikhara for anyone but doing Istikhara on a self basis is considered a much favorable act.

In what conditions can we perform the Dua Istikhara Tasbeeh?

One can perform the whole process if he/she is confused about choosing the right thing for him/her, that can include choosing between jobs, spouse, or university.

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