Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen rahimahullah:

“The Scholars have differed: does seeking counsel precede or Istikhaarah? What is correct is that Istikharah comes first. Istikharah precedes due to the statement of the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam:

إذا هم أحدكم بالأمر فليصل ركعتين

“When one of you contemplates entering upon an enterprise, let him perform two Rak’ah of optional prayer…”

[Sharh Riyaad us-Saliheen (1/792)]
This is also the fatwa of Shaikh Yahya al-Hajoori hafidhuhallah:


Which precedes: Istikharah or Istishaarah?


Whichever he precedes with, then there is no harm. However, what is more deserving is to precede the Istikharah.


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan