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Title:Prayer for Guidance (Istikhara) Category:Faith , General Source:Dr. Fatima al Ali,2018   Description:The Istikhara prayer is two Rak’as of non-obligatory type
Facing vicissitudes of life, people need guidance to make a decision. As regards, getting a new job or getting married, starting up new business, travel-ling etc. It is recommendable to seek goodness from Allah by performing prayer for guidance . The Istikhara prayer is two Rak’as of non-obligatory type. One should articulate invocation for guidance after the last Tashahud as mentioned in the hadith narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to teach us to seek Istikhara with regard to all affairs just as he used to teach us the Surahs of the Qur'an. The Prophet says "If anyone of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two Rak’as of non-obligatory prayer, then say: (O Allah, I consult You through Your Knowledge, and I seek strength through Your Power. I ask of Your Great Bounty; You are Capable whereas I am not and, you know and I do not, You are the Knower of the unseen. O Allah, if You know that this matter is good for me with respect to my religion, my livelihood and the consequences of my affairs- the sooner or the later of my affairs then ordain it for me, make it easy, and bless it for me. But if You know this matter is bad for my religion, my livelihood, or the consequences of my affairs - the sooner or the later of my affairs - then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it, and grant me power to do good whatever it may be, and cause me to be contented with it) . PS: The supplicant should specify the object.” Sahih al- Bukhari, 1126 . Istikhara is permissible at anytime except at times where it is prohibited to pray . One can repeat the prayer more than once in the event of no answer, which may come in a form of a dream. However, repeating the prayer of Istikhara is not necessary, because if one trusted Allah, then he will be contented in following what He chooses . Performing Istikhara is actually requesting the Almighty to guide a person toward what benefits and guards from harm. Bearing in mind that Istikhara is only for doing permissible deeds not for doing prohibited ones .

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