Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Salami (R.A) reported: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Qur’aan.

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:

Isthikhara Dua

Meaning : 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 Knower 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)