Answered by Shaykh Faraz Khan
Question: Assalamu alaikum,
Is there in the sunna a prayer that is read on Thursday/Friday night which is performed like any volunary prayers and in the prostration 100 times “Ya Alimu” is read?
The purpose of it is to see if whether if there is any good or bad in something and usually it would be shown in a person’s dreams.
Answer: Waalaikum assalam warahmatullah,
I pray all is well. I do not know of any hadith with the prayer you describe, nor of any narration from a scholar or saint. Allah knows best.
In any case, the istikharah prayer from the sunnah is more than sufficient. The Companions (Allah be pleased with them) said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his folk) would teach it to them like a surah of the Quran. Our teachers also emphasize it in particular. It should be a regular part of our lives, and inshaAllah we will have clarity and be at peace with our decisions.
Also for times/situations in which it is difficult to actually pray the two rakats, there is a shortened version of saying “Allahumma khirli wakhtarli” meaning “O Allah, choose and select for me [what is good].”
Please see: The Reality of Istikhara
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani