Question: How do you read the signs for the istikhara prayer for marriage? Can you pray the prayer of need as well?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
For the istikhara prayer, you should first ask all the relevant people all the relevant questions. Find out how this person is as a Muslim, a man, a breadwinner, a friend, etc.
Once the picture looks good and you personally feel that you could live with him as your husband, the istikhara helps to give you the good or protect you from the harm. There may not be particularly clear signs.
With the Prayer of Need, you should be asking for a righteous and suitable husband, not for the man you want to marry. Let Allah decide for you.
I pray this helps.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language