ISTIKHARAH PRAYER

istikhara
Posted by Ukhti Ainun Harun
ISTIKHARAH PRAYER – 2 raka’at
– Best done at night
– Do up to 7x if necessary
1st raka’at – Read Al-Fatihah & Al-Kafirun
2nd raka’at – Read Al-Fatihah & Al-Ikhlas
After saying the salam at the end of the prayer, read the du’a below:

Oh Allah! I seek Your guidance 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.
Oh Allah! If in Your knowledge, (this matter*) is good for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge, (this matter*) is bad for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, 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 content with it.

Transliteration:
Allahumma inni astakheeroka bi ilmik. Wa’astaq-diroka biqodratik. Wa’as’aloka min fadlikal-azeem. Fa’innaka taqdiru wala aqdir. Wata’ lamu wala-a’ lam. Wa’anta-allamul ghuyoob.

Allahumma in kunta ta’ lamu anna (hathal-amra*) khayrul-lee fi deenee wadunya wama ashi wa akibati amri wa’ajilihi, faqdurhu lee, wayassirhu lee, thomma-barik lee fih. Wa’in konta ta’ lamo anna (hathal-amra*) sharrul-lee fi deenee wadunya. Wama ashi. Wa akibati amri. Wa’ajilihi. Fasrifho annee. Wasrifnee anh. Waqdur lil-khayr haytho kan. Thomma radini bih.