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Muslims told to do the Istikhara prayer to resolve a deadlock or to make a choice or decision in all affairs of life. There are some traditions of the Prophet. Cara Solat Istikharah. Done. Comment. views. 0 faves. 0 comments. Taken on May 3, All rights reserved. Show EXIF; JFIFVersion – ; X-Resolution . Cara Mengerjakan Solat Istikharah Yang istikharah ialah solat sunat dua rakaat untuk memohon kepada Allah bagi menentuka.

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The word istikharah comes from the root word of khayr. Khayr in the Arabic language in its origins is representative of all that which is good. Khayr is an umbrella word that represents all that which is good. Istikharah means to seek the good and seek that which is good.

This is the meaning of the word istikharah itself.

Just like the meaning, the prayer salat’-l-istikharah, which is from the Sunnah of the Prophetis an authentically narrated Sunnah of the Prophet and an extremely emphasized practice of the Messenger. Just like the meaning of the word istikharah, the purpose of the salah is similarly to seek that which is good from Allah.

I want to insha’Allah have this session to explain the procedure and the purpose of istikharah. I am going to split today’s presentation into two parts.

Istikharah: How to and Why?

The first part will focus on the ritual itself, meaning the technicalities, procedure, concept and outcome of istikharah. The second part of the lecture will focus on the purpose of the istikharah, which is explaining the meaning and beauty of the supplication of istikharah itself because that unlocks the istikhqrah and the reason why we even do istikharah.

To begin with the technicalities, I would like to begin with a few basic points. The first is splat concept of istikharah to understand istikharah conceptually and what it is. I can explain best to you what istikharah is by explaining to you what istikharah is not. As they say in Arabic, sometimes the best way to get to know something is to know the opposite of it. The best way I can help you understand what istikharah is conceptually and the role and purpose of istikharah is by explaining to you what it most definitely is not.

Istikharah is not a Magic 8 ball. Did you ever buy that? You get it at the mall as a gag gift. You ask the Magic 8 ball, “Should I go to the mall today? What I am trying to say by giving you this silly example is what people play around with when playing with the Magic 8 ball is throw out a random question, shake the Magic 8 ball and get a magical answer and go with it. It is kind of like rolling the dice. Istikharah is not that. Istikharah is the third of a three-step decision making process.

The first step of a decision making process is to use the God-given intellect, ability, and critical thinking that Allah has blessed each and every single human being with in different capacities. Allah has granted every human being the ability to take factors into consideration and weigh different options and think about, ponder, contemplate, and process. That is the first step of the decision making process in the life of the believer. He first uses his ‘aql, intelligence and ability to think that Allah has given him.

There is a reason that Allah emphasizes the ‘aql, uli’l-albab, and these types of things in the Qur’an because these are from the greatest of Allah’s blessings. That is the first step of the decision making process: Take your circumstances into consideration, look at the options available to you, and then sit down and think and try to figure out and do some research and try to come to somewhat of a conclusion.


At least try to narrow your options and come to somewhat of a conclusion. This is istkkharah one. The second step of a decision making process is istisharah. It is the Arabic word for seeking counsel and seeking advice. The next step of the process is to then seek some counsel and advice, and it really depends on what type of a decision you are trying to make. If you want to buy istikuarah car, you first do some research online and do some car shopping and test solaf and narrow down to about three or four different cars that you are thinking about.

Then what you could do, for instance, is go to a brother from the masjid who is a car mechanic. Sit down with that brother and say, “Brother, I want to take advice from you because you are experienced and knowledgeable craa cars.

What do you recommend? These are the three or four cars I am looking at. This car wears out really quickly, etc. Now you are seeking counsel and advice. If it is a sokat personal issue, something that is a life type decision, then you seek the counsel and advice from somebody who sincerely and honestly cares about you, somebody who is experienced and mature and maybe even spiritually focused so that they have a well-rounded perspective they can provide to you.

The third and final step of the decision making process is now istikhqrah. What has occurred up to this point is that you started with no idea of what to do. You narrowed it down to maybe half a dozen different options and sought some counsel and got some advice from someone and are down to your last couple of options.

At this point in time, you are struggling with this or that and are starting splat lean a little more towards one direction. You are thinking about two cars and are leaning towards buying a convertible, for instance – random example.

You are thinking about buying the Camaro over the mini-van. No brainer, but nevertheless for some strange reason you are conflicted. Maybe you have two kids, but it doesn’t matter, they can sit in the backseat. You are starting to lean in one direction, but you are little conflicted and just need a little bit of a push and convincing. You are looking for that confidence to make your decision that you have come to by critical thinking – apply your intellect and do some research – and you sought some counseling.

You are leaning in a direction but need some confidence and some clarity of heart. This is where istikharah comes in. What I have just explained to you removes many of the issues and questions that people have about istikharah itself. A lot of people are confused about istikharah because they try to use it like the Magic 8 ball.

Let me do istikharah. Are you magically going to see a house in your dreams and going to go searching for it and find it and buy it? It doesn’t work that way. You don’t decide that you need to buy a car and then pray istikharah and a Honda Civic is istikhara to fall on you. When people try to utilize istikharah in that way, then they walk away confused and say, “Shaykh, I made istikharah and I can’t figure anything out.


What is basically going on is that you are not utilizing it properly. Anything that is not utilized properly is not going to work right.

Cara Solat Istikharah

You have to utilize it properly and appropriately. Make sure you turn it into the third of a three-step silat making process. This is the concept and role of istikharah. The next thing I would like to explain are the prerequisites of istikharah. What is required to do istikharah? I am going to give you the actual narration, but for istikhsrah we are just going to roll with it and speak a little more generally.

You do not require a bath of purification. You face towards the qiblah.

That is what is required for istikharah. Basically whatever is required to normally pray is what is required for istikharah.

There are no other extra prerequisites or requirements for istikharah. You don’t have to pray it immediately before you go to sleep. You don’t have to take a shower and then immediately pray istikharah. Istikharah is a prayer just like dhuhr is a prayer and nafl would be a prayer.

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You don’t need to stop talking to people when you decide to do istikharah. You don’t need to wake up in the middle of the night and do istikharah.

You don’t have to go stand on top of a mountain on one leg and do istikharah. You get my drift at this point – anything extra that you may heard, come across, or assumed that is needed for istikharah aside from what is needed for prayer.

The only thing I will add in here is that according to the opinion of the majority of scholars, there are small difference of opinion – I’m going to tell you what the majority of scholars say. In salat’l-istikharah, there are not major differences of opinion. There are a few minor opinions here and there that differ from the vast majority. I’m just going to go ahead and share the majority opinion because it is an overwhelming majority opinion.

The overwhelming majority opinion is that the only thing you have to watch out for is what you watch out for in other prayers. Make sure you don’t pray istikharah at the times when prayer is forbidden. Those are three basic times of the day: Those three times of the day are when we are told not to pray. It is the same requirements of salah and for istikharah.

What is the procedure of istikharah? There is a sequence of events or procedure. Once you fulfill the prerequisites, you will stand up and pray two rak’ahs, two units, of nafl voluntary, supererogatory prayer.

Why am I emphasizing and specifying it to be two rak’ahs of a voluntary prayer? When we read the text of the hadith together insha’Allah, at that time you will see it.

It is mentioned explicitly within the text of the hadith by the Messenger of Allah. No debate and no question here.