Istikhara or prayer of seeking guidance. Does this ever happen to you that you prayed Istikhaara but did not see the istikhara dream? Well, the answer is it is not necessary to see a dream after Istikhara Dua.

You don’t need to get an istakhara dream or a “feeling.” Instead, in Istikhara Prayer, Allah guides you towards that which is best (Khayr) for you; If you do the prayer of seeking guidance (Istikhara) with the proper manners.

The most important of which is to consign the matter to Allah and suspend your inclinations indeed. Allah will make events unfold in the direction that is the best for your worldly and next-worldly affairs. First of all, let’s see what Istikhara and Istikhara Dua are.

How to perform Salaat al-Istikhara (Prayer of Seeing Guidance)

For the Dua of Istikhara in Arabic, download this book: Hisnul-Muslim (Book of Dua).

Reported by Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah al-Salami (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said:

The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make Istikhara in all things. Just as he used to teach them Soorahs from the Quraan. He said:

If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make. Then let him pray two rak’ahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:

Istikhara Dua:

Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika. Fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa laa a’lam, wa anta ‘allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma fa in kunta ta’lamu haadha’l-amra (then the matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li fi ‘aajil amri wa aajilihi (or: fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri (or: fi ‘aajili amri wa aajilihi) fasrifni ‘anhu [wasrafhu ‘anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma radini bihi

Translation of Istikhara Dua:

“O Allaah, 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 Know er of hidden things. O Allaah, 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.” [Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6841; al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad]

Istikhara Dream:

Many people think that after Praying Istikhara, there has to be a dream or feeling of ease in their heart. But that is not the case. Even if no such thing happens when a person has prayed Istikhara and done his best to find out what is best for him. Such as consulting people, examining the issue, and asking those who have the experience. And then he goes ahead and does it; then it is hoped that this will be best for him, even if he does not feel at ease in his heart initially. Even if we assume that he fails in this matter, he goes ahead with praying istikhara. It may be suitable for him because he does not know it, and Allah, the Most Knowledgeable, knows.

Some of us pray Istikhara and wait till we see a dream. But this is not what has been told by Prophet (P.B.U.H). The Prophet (P.B.U.H) told us to pray Istikhara and consult others, not to rely on what is seen in dreams.

When Allah makes something easy for us, after having decreed it and accepting our Du’a, this is a sign that it is good to go ahead and do it. The existence of obstacles and difficulties indicates that Allah is pushing His slave away from doing it. This meaning will be obvious when one ponders the importance of the Hadeeth of Jaabir concerning al-istikhara.

Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

” O Allah, if You know this affair – [and here he should mention it] – is 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.”


Before looking into Istikhara dreams, one must know about the types of Dreams:

1. Ru’yaa – promising visions (dreams)

2. Dreams by Satan to frighten us

3. Workings of the subconscious/ imaginations

Awf ibn Malik (R.A) narrated that the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

Dreams of three types: some are terrifying things from the Satan, aimed at causing grief to the son of Adam. Some are things that a person is concerned with when he is awake. So he sees them in his dreams. And some are a part of the forty-six parts of Prophecy.” [Ibn Maajah, 3155]

Abu Huraira (R.A) said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Dreams are of three types: glad tidings from Allah, what is on a person’s mind, and frightening dreams from the Satan. If any of you sees a dream that he likes, let him tell others of it if he wishes. But if he sees something that he dislikes, he should not tell anyone about it. And he should get up and pray.” [Ibn Maajah, 3154]

Istikhara Dream:

Sometimes we may be inclined towards a thing; we Pray Istikhara and see Dream about it. But one should not rely on Dreams as a dream can be the working of the subconscious too. As to what a person thinks and sees in his daily life. Plus, one cannot interpret any dream by themself. One has to seek the advice of some scholars. If we assume that the dream interpretation suggests something good, good dreams are no more than hints, but one cannot rely on them. Instead, one should try to find out and ask the concerned people in that regard as it is stated in the Ayah that explains Istikhaara:

“and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).”


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57 Responses to How to Pray Istikhara – Seeking Guidance Step By Step

  1. thana says:

    Mashallah may allah bless u thanku for this x

  2. rabea fatema says:

    This is really informative and helpful. I face the same issue whenever i do istikhara. My heart is satisfied or not over the matter, but i dont get a single clue in dream. I was so uneasy that i never see a dream about it. Now it has relived my stress a lot. Thanks a lot!

  3. noreen says:

    I did istikhara but saw something like sunrise/sumset pic.blackish n orangeish sky.d sum was dark orange in color but no light yet from it.I’m confused wethr it was sunrise or sunset.wat does it mean .plz guide asap

  4. Tariq says:


    I m here in a confused stage of life ,my life had got struck in a very bad stage .i was not a good person .
    Later i started praying to Allah and decided to change my life , i always pray to Allah and suddenly now i started dreaming about some one whom i know just like a friend .

    She is divorced and overall she is elder to me .I really dn’t mind about these things .

    After seeing this i asked Allah again ,and i see her continuously in my dream .As she is trying to reform me to be a good person .

    I called her and i tried to say her ,in short story.

    But the response is negative ,i have got no idea what to do .

    And i m sure this not an attraction or anything ,i dint see her from past one year .

    Please guide me ,is she the right person i have to approach her again or this is just my misconception .


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  8. Maria says:

    I’m Maria from Saudi Arabia I did istikhara but in my dream their is blue colour plzzzzzzzz guide me what is the meaning of blue colour in istikhara

  9. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Assalam O Alaikum Maria. 🙂
    You should consult some Aalim for that. So that you can Discuss your case with them in full details and get the best answer 🙂

  10. shaz says:

    Assalamualaikum last nite i offered salathul isthikara I am confused cz i had a dream which i don’t remember wen i woke up but I am sure i had a dream it was not bad neither it was good it was just normal dream so i dint got my answer should i pray again till i get the any sign from Allah SWT pls guide me pls

  11. Amna Farooq says:

    wa alikum salaam Shaz …
    JAZKALLAH for reading and commenting 🙂
    istekhara is not some thing fard, under stand the concept behind this ibadah. you are just getting the concet of ALLAH in your matter, just including HIS wills in your matter, so even if you donot see any clear sign or donot remember your dream, its not compulsory to do istekhara again. And even if you do istekhara again, there is no harm 🙂 have a look at the link below, may be it further clears the issue 🙂
    keep visiting our website 🙂

    Note: these articles or comment replies are not written by any islamic scholar.

  12. sakina says:

    Salam. I did performed istakhsra to ask Allah why I was being punished for wjat is happening in my life. I needed to know what I had done wrong. However I was very frightened by seeing my mum as deceased. I sm so frightened now. I got a different answerto what I wished Could somsomeone explain this. I hsve been worried all day snd feel like crying. Jazakallah

  13. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Assalam O Alaikum Sister Sakina. First let me explain to you again when and why to do Istekhara. Sis we ESSENTIALLY do Istekhara when we are about to take some decision in life and we need the guidance and consent of Allah SWT for that. We do not ask Allah about why something happend? or how something will occour? or when something is bound to be? because all this Knowledge is the Knowledge of UNKNOWN AND UNSEEN and it belongs solely to ALLAH and Allah Alone. so we must principally NOT do Istekhara for such matters and consequently not belive in the dreams seen as a result.
    jaza’ak Allah 🙂

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  15. Ayesha says:

    I am going through a difficult phase in my life. There are many big decisions to be taken. These decisions will affect many around me. I have prayed Istikharah. I had the same dream thrice where I was being told not to go in a certain direction and I also saw the colour green. I went against what I heard in my dream and when I was in that particular place my heart was very heavy and I felt like running away from there. I need advice about how to understand these signs.
    Thank you

  16. Amna Farooq says:

    wa alikum salam Ayesha
    First of all, i would like to tell you, we over here, are not scholars. So i can not give you the authentic explanation, how ever i can tell you my personal opinion. i think, you should go for avoiding that thing, as we can see more negative signs in your explained dream. As i think you should consider the sign which is more stronger, and that is of “I had the same dream thrice where I was being told not to go in a certain direction”.
    More over, if you have acted against what you have been pointed towards in dream, still there is a chance 🙂 doors of prayers are always open 🙂 Ask for blessings and help of ALLAH subhana hu wa tala… 🙂
    keep visiting our website. JAZAKALLAH.

  17. Nusrat Jabin says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    I have a reltionship from last 2.5yrs…he lives in london,i did istekhara once 1st i didnt saw any dream,den 3rd tym when i pray salatul istikhara,i asked Allah before sleeping that if he will be my life partner show me his picture otherwise if not then show me that it will b not…so in my dream i saw one of his picture which is actually his orginal photo,when i was seeing dat i just told dt Allah Shokhor Alhamdullilah…i got answer,bt i was so exicited i said i understand i dnt need to see his face so i cnt see his face…i m sure dt was his photo cz in orginal photo he was wearing suit & dere is green background here is also same….bt nw still here is positive feeling,bt we r facing some family problem,all da tym i pray tahajjud,5 tyms prayer daily,i also read Surah Yaseen 41 tyms for get answered my prayers…i prayed istikhara also after dt istekhara cz in my 1st istekhara i didnt see his face,bt nw i dnt see any dream bt i have a feeling dt my dua is accepted by Allah….after some complication he will give me him as my life partner.nw tell me what is da indication??

  18. Amna Farooq says:

    wa alikum salaam. first of all, let me clear you sister, we are Quran teaching organization. This does not mean we qualify for any fatwa or any authentic islamic advice in any complicated matter. Secondly, (as far as my minimal knowledge is) you have your answer almost in your question.If you donot see a clear sign, go for the option you find your heart inclined towards. You have a feeling that ALLAH has accepted your dua,so stay hope full and wait for the good results 🙂
    keep visiting our website 🙂

  19. Nusrat Jabin says:

    Can u suggest me any emam’s website here in online??so dat i can find any soloution???

  20. Amna Farooq says:

    @nusrat jabeen
    i would be hard to trust any such source (online). Why do not you go and ask imaam of your local masjid 🙂 wouldn’t it be better to consult imaam in person rather than contacting online !

  21. ms khan says:

    A man asked me to do istikhara and see if we are both blessed to be married, while I was doing the istikhara prayer the first time, I heard water dripping in my bathroom as if people upstairs to me has over filled their bath and it was coming down through the ceiling, but I did not stop praying the istikhara, when i finished, I went to my bathroom, at which time the water dripping had stopped and the shower was dry and no wet ceiling either… can someone explain to me if this was a positive indication or was it a distruction.. thank you

  22. says:

    Salam alaykom
    I did istikhara last night and dream color like
    Green and a white paper were im writing something on the paper??

  23. Anoynmous says:

    Salaam, I have been hoping to Marry someone but was advised to pray istikara so i did 2 days after I had a dream that this person would leave me. But I have felt confident that Allah has pushed me towards this marrying this person when contemplating and he has made it easy for me,so with rerefence to the above post does this mean i should not pay attention to my dream?

  24. Amna Farooq says:

    @anonoymous !
    sister, if you saw he left you (in a dream after istikhara), i think he is not suitable. you must consult some authentic source too !
    JAZAKALLAH, do visit us again !

  25. jaweria says:

    is it necessary to sleep after doing istkhara??

  26. Amna Farooq says:

    salaam ! yes sister, you must sleep. but once i heard in a khutba, imaam told a short ayaah which we can recite any time instantly when ever we feel confused in making decision….obviously that ayah does not need one to sleep after reciting it !
    But in case of this proper verses for istikhara, i have heard you must sleep.
    NOTE: we are not mufti/ islamic scholar, you must consult from a proper authentic source !

  27. ansa says:

    I saw a golden star shaped badge in istkhara.there wr mlulticoloured lines on its upper of them was it positive or negative

  28. Aniiish says:

    Salaam I have problem about my school and also my family I pray every time and make dua I want my dean or my professor to change his decision I want yo continue my study career so please tell me what should I do which dua should I read to change my situation Jazakalaah

  29. Aniiish says:

    November 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm
    Salaam I have problem about my school and also my family I pray every time and make dua I want my dean or my professor to change his decision I want yo continue my study career so please tell me what should I do which dua should I read to change my situation Jazakalaah

  30. halima says:

    I did istikhara on three different men n I had the same which is each one of them loves another woman rather than me but recently I saw a guy I like but we don’t talk so I decided 2 do an istikhara b4 taking further actions but I haven’t dreamt plpls what do I do. Reply via email pls

  31. Amna Farooq says:

    try to do istkhara again.

  32. Amna Farooq says:

    for that purpose you should try to offer tahajjud and pray about your difficulties.

  33. khatija says:

    assalamu alaikum
    this website has really been useful.
    I did istikhara three times, the first time I didn’t really get anything but I had a content feeling. however the third time I did it I got a dream showing someones engagement being broken off. I really do not know what that could mean. also the guy I seen did istikhara but he did not get any dream and therefore refused to go ahead with the proposal. I was upset but I guess this is from allah, he knows best.

  34. Amna Farooq says:

    wa salaam khatija
    dream showing breaking of engagement clearly tells a no ! 🙂
    donot get disheartened, best of luck.

  35. Amna Farooq says:

    im not an istekhara expert ! but it seems positive to me. try to follow your instinct, judge your self what you feel about it and you will get answer.

  36. Nisa says:

    Assalamualaikum. I really like one guy and want to marry him. Through his mutual friends I have told that I like him. But I dint propose him directly as I dont want to have any haram relationship before marriage. I want nikah and love him after marriage. So for that for asking khair I prayed isthikhara

    Last week 1 time I prayed. I had dream that. I saw his best friend signing white paper. There is one kid, am telling kid to ask his signature. He is signing and seeing me. Am taking that paper and kissing and feeling happy.

    But here in this dream. His friend. Not the guy himself. It is indirect sign ? from Allah swt

    Since one of my friend told me pray again. I offered this week again.

    In first dream, myself and many people searching photo album. I found and saying I have found it.

    In next day isthikhara, I dint had any clear dream

    Then last night again I prayed isthikhara, in that dream. I saw gold necklace. Gold but coloured with purple n pink color. But its gold necklace. Am telling my mom and sister. Give it to me I will keep safe in locker.

    But since I have offered many times earlier for alliances and nothing worked out, this time I feel that this one will also go. I have offered isthikhara namaz almost like more than 20 times for every alliance I get from elders. But nothing worked out.

    So in this alliance, the guy I like, his friends are my friends. He knows I like him. But am confused whether will it work or not. Please help me.

  37. sania jimeal says:

    ive done istikhara for a guy i wanna marry but i havent dreamt anything and its been the second day now, have i read it wrong because i wrote the dua on paper and read off it. plz tell me

  38. sania jimeal says:

    are you suppose to know the dua from heart or can u write it on paper

  39. sania jimeal says:

    i want to get dreams and signs ASAP coz i am so depressed without him

  40. Amna Farooq says:

    i think you are getting positive signs . God knows the best !

  41. Sunny says:

    I want to know that I had saw green and blue color in istakhara what does it mean…

  42. salman says:

    when we can not rely on what we see in dream then y isthekhara
    y this process

  43. fiona says:

    Slmz do we have to know the dua for istekarah of by heart or can we read it of from somewhere

  44. S.H.Hamadani says:

    If you pray istakhara but get an answer after 10 days can that answer be counted as a yes or is it just your thoughrs before sleeping ?

  45. S.H.Hamadani says:

    Answer please

  46. Amna Farooq says:

    if you believe that dream was related to istikhara, then yes.
    there is no fix protocol about interpretation of istikahara. its getting consent of ALLAH, so even if you get no visible sign, just be sure that you have got consent of ALLAH.

  47. ali khan says:

    I want to marry a girl, when I proposed her , she asked me to perform istekhara..
    I did istekhara and had a dream…
    In my dream I saw her … she was in hijab, I offered her some gifts and she take those gifts.
    My question is…
    Is this a positive sign?

    Moreover she also performed istekhara , but she did not get clear signs… she performed 2 to 3 times…
    At last she saw dream…
    In her dream she saw some people from my family quarrelling with her…

    Is this a negative sign???

    I am very confused…
    Plz guide me

  48. ali khan says:

    Answer plz

  49. Amna Farooq says:

    @ali khan
    its very clear brother. She is good for you. so istikhara went positive for you. and if she saw quarreling, it means may be your family can give her a hard time in accepting her. so if she is up for the challenge, is positive for her, if she cant handle such quarrels, its negative.
    by the way, thats my assumption and im not a qualified dream interpretter.

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  50. Falak says:

    I had to make decision for study bt i did nt see any dream ..i saw a dream in a dream dat m not getting ny result of istikhara plz hlp me out

  51. Sarah says:

    I have done 7 days istekhara and then I slept and had a dream i saw a positive dream but I didn’t remember the exact dream but when i woke up my heart is relaxed I continued for further 6 days and stop doing that and 8 day when I slept without doing istekhara I had a dream in which I saw a green leaves and one of my colleague was busy in either fixing r cutting that leave so I just want to knw I want to marry a guy he is good but he is divorced too nd i did istekhara for guidance plz guide me what does the above story means?

  52. Sarah says:

    I have done istekhara for seven days n I saw dream but I was not clear when ever I woke up my heart was satisfed.. but I didn’t remember the exact dream on 8 day I slept and had a dream in which I saw clearly that my colleague was busy in some green leaves plant what does this mean ? I was doing istekhara for a guy who is divorced but he is perfect in all mean plz tell me

  53. habib khan says:

    Assalam O Allaikum Sister, we are not able to answer as you may need to ask Mufti, it is not our domain. Jazak Allah Khairan

  54. Samar says:

    Tariq bhai ap hi say milta khawab mein nay bhi dekha … pl bhai i want to talk to you

  55. Issahaku Sadiq says:

    I did istikhara to see my future wife in my dream but when I slept I saw a lion in my dream rushing me in the bush.So what is the meaning of that dream.Is it good or bad dream?

  56. Rida says:

    hello there i saw a dream where i saw a dream where the person i love was wearing green n white and was looking at me expressionless firstly in my dream i was crying then suddenly i was happy with my fiends there were blue and yellow colours i think my dream was positive i asked about the time ll change for me the things messed up would be sorted and i got this answer please help me whether its positive or not

  57. Liana Alam says:

    every time I Pray Istikhara for marriage I feel my chest heavy or tight, what does this mean? Usually when I feel that way I don’t like the proposal after three days and start to dislike things about the guy. My family is saying that it’s psychological…I feel like it’s inclination.

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