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Salaah al-Istikharah - The Prayer for seeking Guidance

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Introduction

Salaat al-Istikharah – A spiritually immense prayer, endowing the Muslim with tranquility and restfulness. A prayer in which a servant if concerned with an affair or is faced with a worldly problem or intends to do something recommended or obligatory in which he has a choice, or when two recommended or obligatory actions conflict each other – which one should he do? Which one should he put forward?

He should pray two Rakaa’hs of al-Istikharah prayer, then make a Du’aa specified by our noble Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), seeking guidance form his Lord and seeking the counsel of his Creator and by it actualizes his servitude to Him, built upon the truthfulness of his certainty and his assurance in his Lord. 

Know that this great Du’aa (Du’aa of Istikharah) contains important issues, Tawheed in Allah’s Lordship, and humility in worship to Him, and Eeman in His Names and Attributes, and the servant fulfilling servitude to His Lord, firm reliance upon and seeking Allah’s help, asking and pleading in His Knowledge, and Power, for His Blessings, and then contentment in what is decreed for him.

So, if al-Istikharah contained nothing more than the realization of these great meanings it would be enough in goodness. Verily, how Perfect He is, who prescribed for His servants the good of this world and the Hereafter.

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