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Supplication for seeking guidance in forming a decision or choosing the proper courseetc (Al-Istikharah)


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On the authority of Jabir Ibn AAabdullah t he said: The Prophet r would instruct us to pray for guidance in all of our concerns just as he would teach us a chapter from the Quran.  He r would say If any of you intends to undertake a matter then let him pray two supererogatory units (two rakAAah nafilah) of prayer and after which he should supplicate:

 O Allah I seek Your counsel by Your knowledge and by Your power I seek strength and I ask You from Your immense favour for verily You are able while I am not and verily You know while I do not and You are the Knower of the unseen.  O Allah if You know this affair -and here he mentions his need- to be good for me in relation to my religion my life and end then decree and facilitate it for me and bless me with it and if You know this affair to be ill for me towards my religion my life and end then remove it from me and remove me from it and decree for me what is good wherever it be and make me satisfied with such.

One who seeks guidance from his Creator and consults his fellow believers and then remains firm in his resolve does not regret for Allah has said:

 (chapter 3 verse 159)

and consult them in the affair. Then when you have taken a decision put your trust in Allah

(74) Al-Lahumma 'Innī 'Astakhīruka Bi`ilmika Wa 'Astaqdiruka Biqudratika Wa 'As'aluka Min Fađlika Al-`Ažīmi Fa'innaka Taqdiru Wa Lā 'Aqdiru Wa Ta`lamu Wa Lā 'A`lamu Wa 'Anta `Allāmu Al-Ghuyūbi Al-Lahumma 'In Kunta Ta`lamu 'Anna Hādhā Al-'Amra- Wa Yusammī Ĥājatahu - Khayrun Lī Fī Dīnī Wa Ma`āshī Wa `Āqibati 'Amrī Fāqdirhu Lī Wa Yassirhu Lī Thumma Bārik Lī Fīhi Wa 'In Kunta Ta`lamu 'Anna Hādhā Al-'Amra Sharun Lī Fī Dīnī Wa Ma`āshī Wa `Āqibati 'Amrī Fāşrifhu `Annī Wa Aşrifnī `Anhu Wāqdir Lī Al-Khayra Ĥaythu Kāna Thumma 'Arđinī Bihi.
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 We will do well to memorize it in Arabic.