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Dua of Istikhara

 

« اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ العَظِيمِ، فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلاَ أَقْدِرُ، وَتَعْلَمُ وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ، وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الغُيُوبِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي أَوْ عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ, فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي، ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي  أَوْ فِي عَاجِلِ أَمْرِي وَآجِلِهِ, فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ، وَاقْدُرْ لِي الخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ، ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي بِهِ » (البخاري)

Allahumma innee as’takhiroka be’ilmeka, wa as’taqdiroka be’qudratika, wa as’aluka min fadhlikal azeem, fa’innaka taqdiru wa la aqdiru, wa ta’lamu wa la a’alamu, wa Anta Allamul ghuyoob, Allahumma in kunta ta’alamu anna hazal amra khairun li fi deenee wa ma’ashi wa aaqebati amri au aajele amri wa ajelehi, faqdurho li wa yassirho li, summa barik li feehe, wa in kunta ta’alamu anna hazal amra sharrunli fi deenee wa ma’ashi wa aaqebati amri au fi aajele amri wa ajelehi fasrifhu annee wasrifni anho, waqdur leyal khaira haiso kana, summa ardheni behee.

Translation: O Allah, I seek Your guidance [in making a choice] by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (then it should be mentioned by name) is good for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (or: in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: for me both in this world and the next), then turn me away from it, [and turn it away from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.” (Bukhari)

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