Assalaam Alaykum. Please from when is the beginning of solat dua and when does it end?
Is Salatul Istikhara authentic?
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May His peace be upon our leader, Muhammad, his household, companions and those who follow them in goodness.
As for your question on the beginning and ending time of solatu-al-duha, it starts from when the sun rises till it has reached about a few length after rising- some scholars described that to be about ten – fifteen minutes after sunrise. Then, it ends just shortly before the sun reaches the zenith (meridian), some scholars have described that as some ten minutes before time of solatu al- zhuhr.
Secondly for Solatul Istikharah, it is an authentic sunnah. The description of Salaat al-Istikhaarah (Istikhara Prayers) was reported by Jaabir ibn Abd-Allah al-Salami (may Allah 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 istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Quran. He said: ‘If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two rakaahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:
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.”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 ardini bihi (Bukhari)
Allah knows best.
Imam Sherifdeen Ibrahim
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