The one who does the istikhara is asking Allah Almighty, the Knower of Unseen (Exalted is He) to guide him or her to know whether the task is better for him or not.
When to do Istikhara
- Do this prayer with sincerity, knowing that only Allah can give us the guidance we seek.
- Resolve to follow the guidance He gives us, even if it clashes with our own desires.
- Say the dua with firm conviction, not begging or pleading, but asking Allah clearly for guidance.
- Don’t be impatient after your dua. Do not expect some sort of miracle, or a dream full of signs and symbols. These things are not necessary.
- It is better to sleep with ablution after the Istikharah.
- It is Sunnah to sleep facing the direction of the Qiblah.
- It is better to recite Durood on the Prophet (s.a.w) before and after the above Dua.
Description of Salat-l-Istikhara in Hadith:
Translation of the dua of Istikharah
Note: The answer to one’s istikhara prayer does not come simply in the form of dreams and feelings but in how Allah facilitates and unfolds events for an individual after he or she genuinely strives to do what is best. Take the most effective means, which includes consulting those whose knowledge and wisdom one has confidence in, and place your trust in Allah.