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Dua Istikhara

Jabir (R.A.) states that Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) taught them the Istikhara dua with such constancy and used to say that when a person is in any dilemma, he should perform two rakaats nawafil Salaat and thereafter recite the following dua:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ ارْضِنِي بِهِ

"O Allah, with Your knowledge I seek the good, with Your power I seek ability and Your mighty favour for certainly You have the power that I don't have, You know and I do not Know and You Know the unseen. O Allah, in Your knowledge if this work is good for me in this Duniya and the Akhirah (hereafter), then let it be for me, grant me blessings in it and if it is bad for me then keep it far away from me and grant me any destiny that will make me happy".(Mishkat)

Istikhara Prayer

The purpose of  Istikhara Prayer or Dua e Istikhara is “asking what is best and appropriate for us” from Allah swt. Whenever a Muslim is settling on a choice, he or she must look for Allah’s guidance and acumen. This means in all of one’s affairs, the person supplicates Salat Istikhara Dua to Allah, the merciful and sincerely ask Allah swt to make his path easy and have a good outcome.
Importance of Istikhara in Quran (ayat 216 surah al-baqara)

" Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not. "

Marriage Istikhara


    Durood Shareef, if you know Durood-e-Ibraheemi X 3 times;
    Surah Fateha X 3 times;
    Offer Savaab to Beloved Prophet Muhammad;
    Again Durood Shareef if you know Durood-e-Ibraheemi X 3 times;
    Again Surah Fateha X 3 times;
    “Ya Hameedo Tahmatta Bil Hamde Wal Hamdo Fi Hamde Hamdika Ya Hameed” X 3 times;
    “Ya Majeedo Majjatta Bil Majde Wal Majdo Fi Majde Majdika Ya Majeed” X 3 times;
   

“Allaahumma Innaka Taqdeero Wala Aqdeero Wata Lamoo Wala ‘Aa Lamoo Wa Anta Allaamul ‘Ghuyoob Fa Inna Ra a’eeta Inna Fi ‘name of the girl/boy’ Bin te /Bin ‘girl’s/boy’s mother’s name’ Khairallee Fi Deeni Wa Duniyaae Wa A’khiratee Faqdur Haali Wa in Kaana Fi ‘Ghairehaa ‘Khairammin Haali Fi Deeni Wa A’khiratee Faqdur Haali, Wa Sallallaahu Ta ‘Aala ‘Ala MuhammadinwwaAlehi Wa Ashaabihi Wa Barik Wasallim”


Do this for 7 days. Insha Allah in any single night or may be regularly for 7 days or for any number of nights within these 7 days you will see the Ishaara (hints).

Dua to pay off debts

اللَّهُمَّ اكْفِنِي بِحَلَالِكَ عَنْ حَرَامِكَ وَأَغْنِنِي بِفَضْلِكَ عَمَّنْ سِوَاكْ

"O Allah, save me from haraam and make the halaal sufficient and by your boon/favour make me independent from others".

(Mishkat)

These words were spoken by Ali (R.A.) taught by Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) when a person expressed a shortfall in his wealth to Ali (R.A.) he said: "Shall I not show you what Prophet Mohammad (SAW) taught me, even if there is a debt equal to that of a huge mountain then Allah will pay it". Ali (R.A.) then recited the above dua.

(Tirmidhi)

Dua after salaat of need

Abdullah bin Auf (R.A.) narrates that Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) said that if a person has a need either from Allah or man, he should perform wudhu properly, perform two rakaats Nawafil Salaat, praise Allah and send Durood to Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) and recite the following dua:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ الْحَلِيمُ الْكَرِيمُ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَرْشِالْعَظِيمِ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ أَسْأَلُكَ مُوجِبَاتِ رَحْمَتِكَ وَعَزَائِمَ مَغْفِرَتِكَ وَالْغَنِيمَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ بِرٍّ وَالسَّلَامَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ إِثْمٍ لَا تَدَعْ لِي ذَنْبَاً إِلَّا غَفَرْتَهُ وَلَا هَمَّاً إِلَّا فَرَّجْتَهُ وَلَا حَاجَةً هِيَ لَكَ رِضَاً إِلَّا قَضَيْتَهَا يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ

"There is none worthy of worship besides Allah, who is the affectionate and most helpful. He is pure and is the Lord of the Arsh (throne). All praise belongs to Allah. O Allah, I desire (seek) that which makes Your mercy compulsory and the things that necessitate Your forgiveness, and portion of every good and safety from every sin. O Merciful of the Merciful, forgive (pardon) my sins and remove all my worries and fullfil all my needs as You desire.

(Tirmidhi and Ibn Maja)

Dua For Rain

اللَّهُمَّ أَغِثْنَا

"O Allah, listen to our plea (request)".

(Muslim)

Dua When something is lost

اللَّهُمَّ رَادَّ الضَّالَّةِ وَهَادِي الضَّالَّةِ أَنْتَ تَهْدِي مِنَ الضَّلَالَةِ ارْدُدْ عَلَيَّ ضَالَّتِي بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَسُلْطَانِكَ فَإِنَّهَا مِنْ عَطَائِكَ وَفَضْلِكَ

"O Allah, the One who returns the lost, by Your power and awe return what I have lost, for surely I have received it as Your gift and favour (boon)".

Dua For the progression of wealth

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُولِكَ وَعَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَعَلَى الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ

"O Allah, descend mercy on Muhammad (S.A.W.) who is Your servant and Rasul and all the male and female Mo'mins and also all the male and female Muslims".

(Hisnul Hasin from Abu Yala

Dua When fearing the enemy

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَجْعَلُكَ فِي نُحُورِهِمْ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شُرُورِهِمْ

"O Allah, we make you the turner of the (enemies) chest (heart) and seek refuge in You from their evils".

(Abu Dawood)

Dua at the time of sighting the moon

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شَرِّ هَذَا

"I seek refuge in Allah from this (its) evil."

Dua At the time of emission of sperm

When the sperm comes out, recite the following dua in the heart:
اللَّهُمَّ لَا تَجْعَلْ لِلشَّيْطَانِ فِيمَا رَزَقْتَنِي نَصِيبَاً

"O Allah, let Satan not be part of the children You grant us".

Dua When looking in the mirror

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ حَسَّنْتَ خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي

"O Allah, just as You have made my external features beautiful, make my character beautiful as well".

Dua Arrival of a bride

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَهَا وَخَيْرَ مَا جَبَلْتَهَا عَلَيْهِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّهَا وَشَّرَّ مَا جَبَلْتَهَا عَلَيْهِ

"O Allah, I seek the good in it from You and the goodness in the habit and character in it/her and seek refuge in You from its/her evil habits and character".

Note: Recite the above dua whilst holding the forehead of the bride for Barakaat (blessings). (Mishkat from Abu Dawood and Ibn Maja)

Dua When wearing new clothes

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ كَمَا كَسَوْتَنِيهِ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَهُ وَخَيْرَ مَا صُنِعَ لَهُ وَأَعُوذُ مِنْ شَرِّهِ وَشَرِّ مَا صُنِعَ لَهُ

"O Allah, all praise is to You, just as You have dressed me, I seek Your blessings of it and the blessings of what it is made of and I seek protection and Your refuge from all evil and the evil of that which it is made of".

(Mishkat)

Umar (R.A.) stated that Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) said that if a person recites the following dua when dressing in new clothing and gives the old clothing in charity, then Allah will protect him both in this life and the Aakhirah and he will be under Allah's cover (i.e. he will be protected from all calamities and his sins will be hidden).

(Mishkat)

Dua Drinking Zam Zam water

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمَاً نَافِعَاًً وَرِزْقَاً وَاسِعَاًَ وَشِفَاءً مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ

"O Allah, I seek beneficial knowledge, wide sustenance and cure from all ailments from You".

Dua When drinking water

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَزِدْنَا مِنْهُ

"O Allah, grant us blessings in it".

(Tirmidhi)