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The Method Of Istikhara
Istikhara: The basic thing in himself choosing one of the options. The basic thing in Istikhara is that the uncertainty of mind is removed and the person settles on a course firmly. it does not follow that he will see a dream, or any other thing like it.
The Method Of Istikhara
Istikhara-The pilgrim (or anyone else making it) may pray two rakaat optional prayer. In the first rakaah he must recite the surah al-kafirun (S.109) and in the second al- Ikhlas (S.112). After the prayer is over, he praise and glorify Allah and invoke blessing on the Prophet ﷺ Then, he must make this supplication in a very humble and pleading manner:
آللَّهُمَّ 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
O Allah! I ask of you the good through your knowledge and the ability through your power, and I ask you from your great bounty. Surely, you have power while I have none, and You know while I do not know and, indeed, you are one who knowns well the hidden things. O Allah! If You known this affair to be good for my faith, my worldly livings, my livelihood, and for the result of my affair then ordain it for me and make it easy for me and bless me therein. But, if you know this affair to be bad for my faith, my worldly living, my livelihood and for the result of my affair then turn it away from me and turn me away from it, and ordain for me the result of my affair then turn it away from me and turn me away from it: and ordain for me the good wherever it be and cause me to be pleased with it.
When he it at the words underlined “this affair” he must think of the affair for which he is consulting Allah. After the above exercise, he must opt for that thing to which he is pulled, if he is not satisfied the first time, he may do it again and again; by the seventh time he will find himself choosing one of the options.