Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)
Istikharah is a Sunnah that should be resorted to whenever there is indecision. There is great goodness and great blessings in doing so, and Insha-Allah, Allah Ta’ala will make clear, in some way, what is best.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam): “It is from the good fortune of man that he makes Istikharah (seeks good) from Allah, and it is from his misfortune that he discards Istikharah.” [Mustadrak lil Haakim]
Istikharah builds one’s Tawakkul (Trust) in Allah Ta’ala. The person hands his matter over to Allah Ta’ala, asking for the best and trusting in His Guidance. And who knows us best? And who knows best what is best for us? …Allah Ta’ala!
It also nurtures the noble qualities of Tafweez and Ridha bil Qadha . The person then resigns himself to the decisions of Allah Ta’ala and is pleased with whatever the outcome is. He understands that that is the best for him, since he sought from Allah Ta’ala, what would be to his benefit and goodness.
So we should read Istikhara and draw these blessings.
Many people request others to read Istikharah on their behalf. There is no substantiation in the Ahaadeeth for this. The individual should read Istikharah for himself or herself. This is the Sunnah.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq.
Tafweez : Accepting the Decisions of Allah Ta’ala
Ridha bil Qadha: Being happy with the decisions of Allah Ta’ala