Istikhara is a prayer known as Salat-al-Istikhara that we often offer to seek guidance from the Almighty for making important decisions. People who are in a state of indecision usually go for offering Salat-al-Istikhara to make things clear.
One thing must be taken in mind that istikhara directly leads to the help and guidance of the Allah Almighty. It’s not like you have made a decision and now only wondering to find a positive sign from the Almighty. You have to be sincere enough to not plead or beg for your decision. Rather you should have a clear mind of what Allah wishes.
How to do Istikhara for Marriage
How to do Istikhara for Marriage? In our society, istikhara is usually done when deciding upon the marriage proposals. People want to know what Allah wishes and for this purpose they seek help from offering Salat-al-Istikhara. Many people refer to the Molvis and ulema-e-Akram for this purpose without knowing that they themselves can perform Istikhara.
Istikhara is an excellent option to know the will of Allah.
Note: You must need to be careful in performing Istikhara and interpreting its results. If you misunderstood a single thing, then it may lead you to the poor decisions.
Doing istikhara for marriage or any other purpose is very easy. If you are confused about how to perform istikhara properly then you can take guidance from one of the Hadiths of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
“If anyone of you is deliberating about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two Rak’ahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say,
Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi ‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika, fa innaka taqdiru wa la aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa la a’lam, wa anta ‘allam al-ghuyub. Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna hadhal-amra khayrun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa aqibati amri faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma barik li fihi. Allahumma, wa in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa ‘aqibati amri fasrifhu ‘anni wasrifni ‘anhu waqdur li al-khayr haythu kana, thumma radini bihi.
English Translation of hadith
(O Allah, I seek Your guidance (in making a choice) by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (then it should be mentioned by name) is good for me in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: both in this world and in the Hereafter), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: for me both in this world and the next), then turn it away from me and turn me away from it, and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.)” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)
However, there is no proper evidence that can suggest a link between Istikhara and what comes in your dream. So, you must need to be really careful about what you are seeing in your dream and what interpretations you are making.
It is also being directed by the Messenger of the Allah (PBUH) that,
“Dreams are of three types: Glad tidings from Allah, what is on a person’s mind, and frightening dreams from Satan. If any of you sees a dream that he likes, let him tell others of it if he wishes, but if he sees something that he dislikes, he should not tell anyone about it, and he should get up and perform prayer.” (Tirmidhi).
So, for all those who have been wondering about how to perform istikhara, there lies a simple and easy way to do it.