Message No : 12Sr.No : 127/724
Question By : Nilofer

My friend wants to know, if it is right to read Isthikhara prayers , to decide certain matters whether
it be concerning, job, marriage or leaving the country to settle abroad.Does one usually get the right answer?
Or one should just pray & ask Allah in his daily prayers or in Tahajjud to solve his difficulties.


Reply By : Muhammadullah Muhammad Khalili Al- Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

Istikharah Prayer

Dear in Islam
Asslamu alaikum

Istikharah is an Arabic word that means to seek ¡®khair¡¯ by Allah. In other words it is like consulting Allah (SWT) in future matters. Istikharah is Sunnat for a person who intends to perform an important task. The Prophet (SAWS) used to teach his companions Istikharah as he used to teach chapters of the Glorious Quran. It is narrated in Tirmizi 1/63 by Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah.

Istikharah cannot be performed for the actions that are already compulsory or ¡®khair¡¯. For example, one should not offer Istikharah for whether he should go to Hajj or not but he may perform it to find out which date he should go. Istikharah is basically to seek consultation by Allah; therefore it can be done for certain matters too to find out whether it is going to be useful or not. The Hadith itself says:
¡°When any of you intend to do a job he/she should perform two Rak¡¯at¡­¡­¡­¡±

One should keep on doing Istikharah for at least one week, in-sha-Allah, one will get a clear idea about the matter he prayed for. Usually one gets the right answer through Istikharah if one is sincere. One should pray and ask Allah (SWT) in his daily prayers and Tahajjud also, but Salatul Istikharah has its own position and importance.

Allah know

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