Dua Isthikarah, the Guidance Prayer

Dua Istikharah’s main purpose as mentioned by scholar, Shah Waliyyullah states: “From among the greatest benefits of Istikharah is that man becomes detached from his carnal desires…and he hands himself over to Allah. 
As we have discussed, many misconceptions have been produced by the Dua, stating that one has to have dreams regarding their decisions or will clearly see a sign. Again, life’s decision is one that we all have to make. A dream or a sign wont really help us to make a decision. With the Rahmah, or Mercy, and Power of Allah, many times, we may receive signs. However, when making a decision throughout our life, we must first make sure to invoke the trust and name of Allah. We must also weigh out our pros and cons. 
Method of Istikhara:

1.) Make 2 Rak’ahs nafl salat for Istikhara.
2.) At the end of Salah, while making dua’, clear your mind and make dua’ Istikhara. 
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Meaning:  “O Allah! I seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) I seek strength, and I ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and I do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action ———————————————— (MENTION YOUR DILEMMA HERE) is better for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for me and make it easy for me and then add blessings [baraka’] in it, for me. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for me, bad for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from me and turn me away from it and whatever is better for me, ordain [destine] that for me and then make me satisfied with it.”
3.) With a clear mind, it is best preferred to complete Istikharah at the end of one’s day. Soon after one performs Salat one should go straight to sleep. This clear mind and weighing out one’s pros and cons, whatever decision one makes, he/she will have Allah’s Rahmah in his/her decision. 
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