Istikhara is a prayer in Islam that is performed when one is seeking guidance from Allah regarding a decision they need to make. Here’s a guide to perform Istikhara from the Quran:
Step 1: Cleanliness
Make sure to perform ablution (Wudu) and wear clean clothing before performing Istikhara.
Step 2: Intent
Have a clear intention in your heart to seek guidance from Allah and make the right decision.
Step 3: Recite two Rakats of Salah
Perform two units of the Salah prayer, which is a ritual prayer performed by Muslims.
Step 4: Recite Surah Al-Kafirun
Recite Surah Al-Kafirun (Chapter 109 of the Quran) once.
Step 5: Recite the Istikhara Dua
After reciting Surah Al-Kafirun, recite the Istikhara Dua (supplication) found in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. The Dua can be translated as: “Oh Allah, I seek Your guidance [in making this decision] by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You from Your immense favor. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of all hidden things.”
Step 6: Sleep with a pure heart
After reciting the Dua, go to bed with a pure heart, seeking guidance from Allah and having trust in His decision.
Step 7: Observe your dreams
Pay attention to your dreams, as it is believed that Allah may provide guidance through them.
Step 8: Make a decision
Trust in Allah’s guidance and make a decision based on your intuition and the signs you receive.
It’s important to remember that Istikhara is not a magic solution and should not be relied upon solely. Seek wisdom, gather information, and consult trustworthy individuals before making any decisions.