Dua'a for Istikhara
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DUA'A 4 If you want to seek divine favour and guidance before doing or undertaking any work there are a few procedures, given in the following dua'a as known as istikharah.
Shaykh al Tusi has advised the seeker of istikhara to have a bath pray a 2 rakat salat and after the salam go into sajdah and recite 3 times :
ASTAKHEERULLAAHA FEE JAMEE-I UMOOREE KULLIHAA KHIYARATAN FEE AA'AFIYATIN
After reciting the du-a'a do what you feel just and suitable.
DUA'A 5 : It is reported that Imam Sahib al Zaman has advised the believers to seek istikhara as under :
(i) keep in mind the task with the intention of doing it.
(ii) recite salawat 3 tinmes.
ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA MUH'AMMADIN WA AALI MUHA'AMMAD
(iii) hold a rosary(trasbih) at any place in your left hand anf from there with the right hand, start moving two beads at a time. If only one bead remains in the end do what you want to do and if two beads are left do not do it. Doing or not doing is optional not compulsory.
DUA'A 6 Refer to du-a'a 5 and do as under:
(i) keep in mind the task with the intention of not doing it
(ii) recite salawat as given in (ii) of du-a'a 5
(iii) do as advised in (iii) of du-a'a but if two beads are left in the end the work has to be done. It becomes obligatory to carry it out, otherwise there is every likelihood of loss and deprivation.
DUA'A 7 We give below the method of istikhara recommended by Imam Jafar bin Muhammad as Sadiq :
Perform Wudu (ablution) or after praying any salat, sit facing qiblah and recite :
(i)Al Fatihaha (Once)
(ii) Al Ikhlas (3 times)
(iii) Salawat (15 times)
(iv) Recite the following dua :
ALLAAHUMMA INNE AS-ALUKA BIH'AQQIL H'USAYNI WA JADDIHEE WA ABEEHI WA AKHEEHI WA UMMIHEE WAL A-IMMATI MIN D'URRIYYATIHEE AN TUS'ALLIYA A'LAA MUH'AMMADIN WA AALI MUH'AMMADIN WA AN TAJ-A'LA LIYAL KHIYARATA FEE HADD'IHIS SABH'ATI WA AN TURIYANEE MAA HUWAL ASLAH'U LEE FEE DEENEE WA DUNYAAYA ALLAAHUMMA IN KAANA AS'LAH'U FEE DEENEE WA DUNYAAYA FI-A'LA MAA ANAA A'AZIMUN A'LAYHI FAAMURNEE WA ILLAA FANHANEE INNAKA A'LAA KULLI SHAY-IN QADEER.
(v) now hold the rosary in your left hand at any place and start moving one bead at a time with your right hand and say
SUBH'AANALLAAH, ALH'AMDULILLAH, LA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH on three heads one by one, continue it till you reach the end. If the last bead ends with SUBH'AANALLAAH it means 'neither good nor bad". If it ends with ALH'AAMDULILLAAH IT MEANS GOOD. And if it ends with LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAH it means do not do it.
DUA'A 8 Given below is the method of seeking istikhara from the holy quaran recommended by the Prophet
(i) Recite al Ikhlas 3 times
(ii) recite salawat at 3 times
(iii) then say:
ALLAAHUMMA INNEE TAFAA-ALTU BIKITAABIKA WA TAWAKKALTU A'LAYKA FA-ARINEE MIN KITAABIKA MAA HUWA MAKTOOBUN MIN SIRRIKAL MAKANOONI FEE GHAYBIKA
(iv) Open the Holy Quran and derive the indication from the first line of right hand page.
DUA'A 9 Given below is the method of seeking istikhara from the Holy Quran recommended by Imam Jafar bin Muhammad al Sadiq.
(i) Say BISMILLAAHIR RAH'MAANIR RAH'EEM
(ii) Say :