Istakharay Ki Dua – With Complete Method

Istikhara ki dua is an Islamic prayer recited when a Muslim faces an important decision and seeks guidance from Allah. It involves performing two rakat nafl prayers followed by reciting a supplication and asking for the best choice. The word Istikhara means ‘to seek rightness from Allah’.

Istikhara ki Dua in Arabic

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

Istikhara ki Dua in Urdu

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 ۔

Istikhara ki Dua in English

O Allah, with Your knowledge I seek the good, with Your power I seek ability and Your mighty favour 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.

What is Istikhara and Why is it Important?

Istikhara refers to seeking guidance from Allah when faced with an important decision in life. It involves praying to Allah and asking for his guidance on the best action. Performing istikhara is sunnah and helps ensure that the decisions we make align with Allah’s will.

Why Perform Istikhara?

  • Seeking Allah’s guidance leads to making the right decision.
  • Removes doubt and brings clarity on the best path forward.
  • Results in contentment and satisfaction with the final outcome.
  • It helps avoid future regrets over major life decisions.

How to Perform Istikhara?

Performing istikhara is easy and can be done in two main steps:

Step 1 – Perform Ablution and Offer Two Rakat Nafl Prayer

  • Make wudhu (ablution) and offer two rakat nafl prayer.
  • Recite any surah after Surah Fatiha in each rakat.
  • After completing the prayer, praise Allah and send blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم

Step 2 – Recite the Istikhara Dua

  • Recite the Masnoon Istikhara dua shown below with sincerity and conviction.
  • Do this after the two rakat nafl prayers and sending blessings upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

“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 matter (then it is mentioned by name) is good for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (or said, in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs) then ordain it for me and make it easy for me, and then bless me in my affairs, and if in Your Knowledge this matter is bad for my religion, my livelihood or my affairs, 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.”

When to Perform Istikhara?

Istikhara can be performed for major decisions such as:

  • Marriage proposals and relationships
  • Changing jobs or starting a new business
  • Moving homes or migrating to a new country
  • Medical treatment or surgical procedures
  • Education and career choices

In essence, istikhara can be made for any major matter that requires guidance and clarity from Allah.

Interpreting the Results of Istikhara

After performing istikhara, be patient and look for a sign or inclination in your heart towards the better choice. This may come in the form of:

  • A dream that indicates a particular path
  • Peace and contentment in your heart for one of the options
  • Circumstances make one choice easier than another
  • Repeated advice from pious people to adopt a certain course

Trust in Allah’s guidance and wisdom when acting on the results of istikhara. Performing it with a sincere heart leads one to make the best decisions in this life and the akhirah.