I did Istikhara for proposal I got from a second man, meanwhile I have been talking to first man for marriage purpose. In my istikhara dream for second man, I saw a scary dream with the first man in it. What does this mean? Does the dream mean the first man is bad for me or second even when the istikhara was for second man?
﷽ In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Istikhārah is a du’ā (supplication) where one seeks guidance from Allah for goodness in regards to any matter. Whilst making istikhārah, the intention must be sincere and without any predetermination; solely seeking the guidance of Allah.
Upon making istikhārah, one may feel an inclination towards or against the matter at hand. It is not necessary to see a dream. If the dreams or thoughts are conflicting and one remains unsure, then they should continue to make istikhārah until reaching certainty in a decision for the matter at hand.
Note, dreams do not always materialise as seen in one’s sleep and tend to have alternate meaning/s requiring interpretation in light of Qur’ān & Hadīth. The interpretation of dreams is an intricate field and the interpretation of the same dream can differ from person-to-person, with due consideration to the conditions of the individual.
Do not make the aforementioned dream the focus of your attention. As you remain unsure between the two proposals, continue to make istikhārah, sincerely seeking guidance from Allah towards goodness in regards to the proposals. Also consider all relevant factors of the prospective partners; religion, character, family, compatibility etc. and seek counsel with your elders prior to making a decision.