Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question:As salaamu alaykum,
Is it permitted to pray the istikhara prayer for another?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.
It is permitted to pray the istikhara prayer for another because it is essentially a supplication, though it is better and from the sunna to pray it oneself.
The answer will often be in the unfolding of events themselves and any subsequent difficulty or hardship.
Please also see: The Reality of Istikhara
And Allah alone knows best.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani