Istikharah means to seek goodness from Almighty Allah. The words of Istikharah’s Dua must be recited as it is stated in hadith Shareef, it is good if its meaning is also known.

Istikharah can be done only for permissible and good things, not for illegal activities.

When there is a confusion in two good tasks about which one to choose then Istikharah can be done and after doing Istikharah whatever the heart suggests its decision will be better, it must be accepted.

The Sunnah method of Istikhara:-

The prophet peace be upon him stated that whoever does Istikharah from Allah will not be in loss. Hazrat jaabir radiallahuanh said that the prophet peace be upon him used to teach us to do Istikharah. As he used to teach us the verses of Quran. The prophet peace be upon him said that If some person intends for some work then it is required for him to offer 2 rakat nafil prayer and read this dua

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

When this word comes (ھذا الامر ) imagine your need then sleep on clean bed. In sha Allah, Allah tala will turn his heart towards that work which would be better for him.


Different Methods of doing Istikharah

1).  After Isha Salah offer two Rakat nafil prayer. With the intention of Istikharah in such a way that in both the rakats. After Surah Fatiha recite Surah Yaseen once and after Salah Recite the name of Allah Ya Khabeeru 200 times. Write Ya Hakeemu Ya Majeed on the right hand and sleep. In sha Allah you will get guidance in a dream.


2 ). Offer two rakats Salah with the intention of Istikharah and after the Salah recite 323 times Bismillahir Rah’maan nir Rah’eem and 327 times H’usbunallahu WA ni’mal wakeel and sleep. In Sha Allah you will get the answer from unseen.

3) After Isha salah recite this verse “Qaaluu subh’aanaka laa i’lma lanaa illaa maa a’llamtanaa innaka Antal a’leemul h’akeem”.  101 times and sleep. Do this for three nights, In Sha Allah you will get guidance.

4 ) After Isha Salah offer two rakat nafil prayer with the intention of Istikharah. Read this dua with full concentration and pray to Allah

When you reach(ھذا الامر ) imagine your task for which you are doing Istikharah.Reciting this sleep on right side  یَا خَبِیْرُ اَخْبَرْنِیْ یَا عَلِیْمُ عَلَّمَنِیْ

After awakening from sleep whichever decision becomes dominant in heart act on it.

Different Methods of doing Istikhara

5) Make ablution, wear clean clothes and sleep on the right side facing Kaaba shareef recite surah shams 7 times. surah Al lail 7 times. And surah Ikhlaas 7 times. Then pray to Allah that O Allah show me that thing in my dream. Put the interpretation of the result of doing that thing in my heart. In Sha Allah you will come to know the answer on that night itself or within 7 nights for sure.

6) On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night after Isha prayer before sleeping recite Bismillah hir R’ahmaan NIR Rah’eem  ??? ???? ?????? ?????? 70 times and blow it on your face and chest and pray to Allah that in. So matter whatever is going to happen reveal it to me in my dream or when I am awake in the voice of someone who speaks. After this recite this duroode shareef  100 times . (Allahumma Salle a’laa sayyidinaa muh’ammadim bi a’dadi ma’looma laka) ????? ??? ??? ????? ???? ???? ????? ?? ? In sha Allah within 3 nights the need will be fulfilled.



7)Istikharah e Sahiyah :

After Isha prayer make fresh ablution and sit on bed and send durood upon the prophet peace be upon him 3 times. Recite surah fatiha 10 times and surah Ikhlaas 11 times. And duroode shareef 3 times and sleep on right side facing Kaaba shareef. If you are unable to understand the interpretation of dream then ask it to some pious knowledgeable person.

Different Methods of doing Istikharah

8) On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night offer. 2 rakat nafil prayer after Isha salah and then recite these words 333 times –

?? ???? ????? ?? ??? ?? ??????? and then sleep facing towards Kaaba shareef without talking with anyone. By the grace of Almighty Allah. You will come to know on first night otherwise on second or third night for sure in Sha Allah

9) At first recite duroode shareef 11 times and then these words 1100 times

?? ???? ??????? ?? ???? ???????

and then sleep on the mat of sackcloth but before doing this deed take bath. Wear clean clothes and apply perfume In Sha Allah you will get the answer.


10)After Isha salah offer 2 rakat nafil prayer and recite 100  times

And in the beginning and at the end recite any duroode shareef 100 times and sleep. In Sha Allah you will get the answer in your dream

11)Wake up at midnight and wear clean clothes and apply perfume and read 2 rakat nafil prayer. After prayer go in prostration and sleep reading this dua. In Sha Allah you will be guided in dream by an elder person.

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Different Methods of doing Istikharah

12) At night before sleeping read 6 rakats nafil Istekhara prayer in this manner. That in first rakat after surah fatiha recite surah shams 7 times ( ???? ????? ).In second rakat after Surah fatiha  ???? ???? recite surah AL-LAIL 7 times, in third rakat   ???? ?????  surah DUHA 7 times, in fourth rakat ( ???? ?????? )  ALAM-NASHRAH 7 times, in fifth rakat  ???? ?????  Surah TEEN 7 times and in last rakat ( ???? ????? ) Surah AL-QADR 7 times. After this prayer praise Allah and read this dua and then duroode shareef at the end and sleep.

????? ?? ??????? ??? ???? ??? ????? ??? ???? ??? ??????? ??? ??????? ???????? ???????? ????? ?????? ????? ??????? ???????? ??????? ??????? ?????? ???? ?? ????? ?????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ???

If you do not get answer on the first night then continue it for 7 days. In Sha Allah definitely you will get answer within these days.


مختصر دعائے استخارہ
Mukhtasar Dua e Istikhara

اَللّٰھُمَّ خِرْلِیْ وَاخْتَرْلِیْ

فائدہ: اچانک کسی کام میں فیصلہ کرنے کا موقع آجائے کہ دو رکعت پڑھنے کا وقت بھی نہ ہو تو ایسے موقع پر آپ ﷺ نے یہ دعاء تلقین فرمائی ہے۔

Short Dua-e-Istikhara

اَللّٰھُمَّ خِرْلِیْ وَاخْتَرْلِیْ

Benefit: If a situation of making sudden decision in some matter arises. There is no time of reading 2 rakat nafl prayer then at such moment. This dua must be read as ordered by huzoor peace be upon him.


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