Fatwa ID: 03074
Answered by: Alimah Sumeyye Sofu
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
Islam teaches us that after consulting the matter with the reliable people then one must also beseech to Allah Ta'ala to endow goodness in that affair. This is known as Istikharah.
It is not necessary to fix a specific time for Salatul-Istikharah nor is it necessary to see a dream. Allah Ta'ala can show signs in different ways apart from dreams. For instance, He may inspire thought in one's heart, or one may consult a reliable person and thus, become convinced with their advice. This can also be considered a sign.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Alimah Sumeyye Sofu
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham