Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah :The Prophet (Sallal Laho Alaihi Wasallam) used to teach us the way of doing Istikhara, in all matters as he taught us the Suras of the Quran. He said, “If anyone of you thinks of doing any job he should offer a two Rakat prayer (First pray two cycles of ritual prayer [rakaat] such that in the first rakat after Surah Fateha (Allhamd …) recite Surah al-Kafirun and in the second rakat after Surah Fatiha (Allhamd…) recite Surah al-Ekhlaas and after finishing prayer [salam] then recite this Dua [ “O Allah! I seek guidance from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) I seek strength, and I ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and I do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (which I intend to do) is better for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for me and make it easy for me and then add blessings [baraka’] in it, for me. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for me, bad for my religion and faith, for my life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from me and turn me away from it and whatever is better for me, ordain [destine] that for me and then make me satisfied with it.”]) other than the compulsory ones. Ref.: Bukhari Sharif.
After this Namaaz Daroodh Sharif : 21 times,
Dua : 01 times,
‘Allahumma yaa rabbe Ibrahima A.S. wa Moosa A.S. wa rabbe Ishaaq A.S. wa Yaqooba A.S. wa rabbe Jibrayeela A.S. wa Mekaayeela A.S. wa rabbe Izrayeela A.S. wa Israfeela A.S. wa zaate Izzab wa yaa rabbe munazzale ssuhufi wa munazzat tawraate wal Engeela wa Zaboore wal Furqaane areni fi manaami haazihil Lailati min amri maa anta aalamuo bihi’.
(Laa hawla wa quwwata illaa billahil aliyil azeem) 111 times,
Surah Ekhlaas : 7 times,