What is Istikhara :

“The Messenger of Allah (peace and favors of Allah be upon him) used to show his buddies to make Istikharah in all things, pretty much as he used to show them Surahs from the Qur’an. He (SAW) said: ‘If any of you is worried around a choice he needs to make, (or in the form described by Ibn Mas’ood as: ‘if any of you needs to do something…) then let him implore two rak’ahs of non-required petition and say (after the Salah)[1]

An interpretation of the supplication is as per the following:

“O Allah, I look for Your guidance by Your insight and I look for Your help by Your energy and I ask You from Your colossal support, for verily You are capable while I am not, and verily You know while I don’t, and You are the knower of the Unseen. O Allah, on the off chance that You know this undertaking ( notice issue here ) to be beneficial for me in connection to my religion, my life and consequence, my present and future, then announcement it and encourage it for me, and favor me with it, and in the event that You know this issue to be sick for me concerning my religion, my life and end, my present and future, then expel it from me and expel me from it, and declaration for me what is great, whatever it might be, and make me fulfilled by it.”

Another interpretation is as per the following: O Allah, I look for Your direction [in making a choice] by righteousness of Your insight, and I look for capacity by uprightness of Your energy, and I solicit You from Your awesome abundance. You have power, I have none. What’s more, You know, I know not. You are the Knower of shrouded things. O Allah, if in Your insight, this matter (then it ought to be specified by name) is beneficial for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (or: in my religion, my employment and my issues), then appoint it for me, make it simple for me, and favor it for me. Also, if in Your insight it is awful for me and for my religion, my occupation and my undertakings (or: for me both in this world and the following), then dismiss me from it, [and dismiss it from me], and appoint for me the great wherever it might be and make me satisfied with it.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad)