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Can Dua Change Qadar?

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What is the relationship between Dua (Supplication) and Qadar (Divine Predestination)? Can Dua change Qadar?

Here's an answer from the scholars at IslamOnline.net:

Question:

Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. I know that belief in the Qadar (Divine predestination) is a prerequisite for sound faith. However, I'd like to know if there is any conflict between the Qadar and Du`a'? How can the Du`a' influence one's Qadar, which is already predetermined by Allah, Most High. Jazakum Allah Khairan.

Answer:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, we really thank you for showing keenness on learning the teachings of Islam, and we appreciate the great confidence you have in us. We hope our efforts meet your expectations.

In Islam Du`a’ is the essence of worship as stated in an authentic Hadith. Qadar (Divine predestination) is a pillar of faith in Allah, as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, mentioned when asked by Angel Jibril (Gabriel), peace be upon him, about Iman (faith), saying: "It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in Divine predestination, both the good and the evil thereof." (Reported by Muslim)

The eminent Muslim scholar, Dr. `Atiyyah `A. Lashin, Professor of Jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, states:

"Qadar, or Divine predestination is of two kinds:

1. Unconditional predestination

2. Conditional predestination.

Du`a’ has nothing to do with the first kind, while it may change the second one. This ruling is based on the Hadith that reads: "Nothing could change the Qadar except Du`a’."

(Musnad Ahmad, Vol. 5, Hadith no. 277; Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 3, Hadith no. 139; and classified as Hasan (good) Hadith by Al-Abaani in Sahih Al-Jami`, Hadith no. 7687)”

Shedding more light on this issue, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and member of the Fiqh Council of North America, answers:

"Du`a' has great power; it can change many things. We should always pray to Almighty Allah and should never give up hope in the acceptance of Du`a'. Du`a’ is the most important act of worship. It does not mean that we or any other human or jinn have power, but it means that Allah, the Almighty, has power and He can do whatever He wills. Du`a’ is the recognition and acknowledgement of our dependence upon Allah, Most High, and our deep faith that He can change anything. There are many verses in the Qur'an and many Hadiths that emphasize the importance and necessity of Du`a'. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Du`a’ benefits in the things that have happened as well as the things that have not happened yet. The calamity comes down, but the Du`a’ confronts it and they may continuously wrestle until the Day of Resurrection." (Reported by Al-Hakim.)

In another Hadith, it is reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Nothing can change the Qadar except the Du`a’…" This Hadith is reported by several authorities on Hadith, such as Imam Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, Al-Hakim, and Ibn Majah… etc. Most of the scholars of Hadith consider it an acceptable Hadith.

There is no contradiction between our faith in the power of Du`a’ to Allah and in our belief in the Qada' and Qadar of Allah. Scholars have explained that there are two types of Qada' (Allah’s Decrees):

a. those that are known as Qada' Mubram (absolute decrees);

b. and those that are known as Qada' Mu`allaq (conditional decrees).

The absolute decrees do not change, but the conditional one may change if and when the conditions are fulfilled. Such decrees are based on the fulfillment of causes, as well as Du`a’. However, it is important to keep in mind that every thing is in the pre-existent knowledge of Almighty Allah. The knowledge of Allah, Most High, does not change, but the conditional decrees may change. Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an: "Allah effaceth what He will, and establisheth (what He will), and with Him is the source of ordinance." (Ar-Ra`d: 39)

Some people raise this question: if Allah Almighty knows the future and His knowledge is always true, then things must happen according to His knowledge. Then how can there be change and how can we say that we have freedom? Actually, Muslim scholars have pointed out that knowledge (`Ilm) is an illuminative, but not necessarily always an effective, attribute. Allah the Almighty does know everything, but in whatever areas He has given us freedom to act, we do act freely. We are responsible for the things in which we have freedom. He will judge us according to the freedom that He has given us.

The great scholar of Islam, Ibn Taymiyah, may Allah bless his soul, states: "Allah Almighty has created His creation with some causes. He has commanded His servants to follow those causes in order to receive His forgiveness, His mercy and His reward in this life and in the Hereafter. Whoever thinks that he or she can achieve anything simply by trust and by neglecting the causes that Allah Almighty has commanded him or her to follow; or whoever thinks that objects do not depend on the causes, is really mistaken." (Al-Fatawa, 8/530)"

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And here is another answer by the famous and respected scholar, Ibn Qayyim:

The Supplication and Al-Qadar

Author: Imaam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
Source: His monumental book Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa [The Sickness and the Cure] (pg.22 -23)
Translator: isma'eel alarcon

Here there occurs a very popular question and it is:

If the thing that is being supplicated for is already decreed for the servant, then there is no doubt that it is going to come to pass for him, regardless of whether he supplicates for it or not. And if it has not been decreed for him, then it will not come to pass, regardless of whether he asks Allaah for it or not.

There is one group that perceives this question to be valid and so they have abandoned the supplication and are of the view that there is no benefit in doing it. These people, along with their excessive ignorance and misguidance are in clear contradiction, for if we were to follow their opinion, it would require us to reject all the different means for attaining something (desired).

So it can be said to one of them:

If satisfying your appetite and quenching your thirst were already decreed for you, then there is no doubt that they are going to come to pass, whether you eat and drink or you don't. And if they were not decreed for you, they will not come to pass, whether you eat and drink or you don’t.

And likewise, if a child were decreed for you, then you will definitely receive it, whether you have sexual intercourse with your wife or you don't. And if that was not decreed for you, then it will not come to pass. Thus there is no need for marrying, having sexual relations and so on and so forth.

Who says such a statement? Is it one possessing common sense or a beast? Rather, even the animal has a natural inclination (fitrah) towards seeking the means of attaining something (desired), which (for example) will give it sustenance and livelihood. So the animals have more common sense and possess more understanding than these types of people who are like cattle – nay, far worse!

Some of them try to be clever and say:

Preoccupying oneself with supplication falls into the realm of worship solely – Allaah will reward the one supplicating, without that having an effect on what he is asking for in any way. According to this type of person, there is no difference between supplicating and refraining from supplicating by heart and tongue, with regard to that having an effect on attaining what is being asked for. And according to them, the relation of the supplication to it (what is being asked for) is like its relation with silence. There is no difference between them.

Another group, more slick than this one says:

Rather, the supplication is a sign, which Allaah displays as a symbol that a matter has been carried out. So when Allaah grants his servant the ability to supplicate, it is a sign and a symbol that the matter he was requesting has been carried out. This is just as if one were to see a frigid black cloud during the winter season. It is a sign and an implication that it will rain.

They say: Similarly is enacting good deeds with respect to reward, and committing disbelief and sins with respect to punishment – they are pure signs for the occurrence of (either) reward or punishment – not means (by which the result will be attained).

Likewise, according to them, with the matters of breaking, kindling and destroying – none of these things serves as a means for the occurrence (result) of a wreck, fire and death, respectively. Nor is there any connection between those things and what results from them, other than the fact that they are normally paired together – not that one is caused due to the means of the other!

They have contradicted perceptual observation and common sense with this opinion, as well as revelation and fitrah (natural inclination), not to mention all of the other intellectual groups. Rather, those with intellects laugh at them!

The correct view: There is a third category, apart from those mentioned by the questioner. And it is that the decreed result is preordained along with its proper means, which lead to its occurrence. One of these means is the supplication. It is not preordained just like that, without any means (leading to its occurrence), rather it is preordained along with its proper means (which will ensure its occurrence). So when a person comes across the means, the decreed matter will come to pass. And if he does not come across those means, the decreed matter is denied.

So satisfying one’s appetite and quenching one’s thirst are preordained with (the means of) eating and drinking. Children are preordained with (the means of) sexual intercourse. Harvesting crops is preordained with (the means of) planting and, the withdrawal of the soul from an animal is decreed with slaughter. Likewise, entrance into Paradise is preordained with (good) deeds, while entrance into the Hellfire is preordained with (bad) deeds.

This category is the true one. And it is the one that the questioner has been deprived of and not granted.

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59 Responses »

  1. Aasalamualaikum wa Rahmatula Wabarakatuh,

    So does that mean that if one is given the ability to supplicate again then Allah (swt) has carried out the decree for that dua? Also, I am very confused about this but is it true that if something is decreed for a person then it will happen, whether he makes dua for is for his own benefit, but if something is not decreed for a person then no matter how much dua he makes, the decreed matter will not come to pass.

    • I found a video in Arabic by a sheikh that a Muslim woman asked Musa to make dua that she gets a child. So Musa made the dua. But Allah swt said that I have written for her to be childless. So Musa told her that, and she became very sad. She came again and said make dua again Musa, so he did, and Allah swt said the same thing - I have written for her to be childless. So she became sad again and left. A yr later, Musa sees her with a baby and asks her whose kid it is....? and she says mine. He says what, how...?! and she said she made dua. So Musa asks Allah swt how did this happen, you said she is written as childless? And Allah said that everytime she said Ya Raheem, give me a child, it fought with my qadar of her being childless, but my mercy won over my qadar.
      So the moral is make dua continuously, as you never know!!

    • Some one asked Probably Hazrat Ali (I am not sure), Why did we make dua if things are already written?. He replied, Probably it must be written (i.e. decreed) that ''When you make dua only then that thing will happen (i.e. what you want). That's why we should make dua !!!

  2. Aasalamualaikum wa Rahmatula Wabarakatuh,

    So does that mean that if one is given the ability to supplicate again then Allah (swt) has carried out the decree for that dua? Also, I am very confused about this but is it true that if something is decreed for a person then it will happen, whether he makes dua for is for his own benefit, but if something is not decreed for a person then no matter how much dua he makes, the decreed matter will not come to pass.

    i have the exact question please tell me aswell.

    • I think that it depends on the dua. I heard that if somethiing is meant for you then it will come to pass but if it is not then no matter how much dua you may have made to Allah swt The Almighty then it will come to pass you. There is a hadith by Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) about divine qadr. I thiink that if is good for you then it will happen with you maybe you will be given exactly what you want if it is go for you. Make dua to Allah swt with all your heart and all your attention on Him Because iif you make dua then no matter if you ask for it or not then Allah swt will give you Only that which is good for you. That is the mercy of Allah swt He gives only Good even if you ask for it or not But only when you make dua and if that dua contains some evl He will avert it from you because when you make dua then you have made it clear that you Need Allah's swt help and He will Help you by either answering your dua or givng you something better or He may even DELAY the Dua. Sometimes, ii heard, that if ALLAH swt liikes the way you make dua to Him then He gives you that whiich you ask for but maybe in the near future.

  3. Salam, All
    Here is what else I found on this topic (source link at the end):

    "Taqdeer refers to the absolute and perfect knowledge of Allah Ta'ala. This
    knowledge cannot change as it is perfect.

    The meaning of the statement, 'Du'aa can change Taqdeer' is this that at
    times Allah Ta'ala orders the angels to carry out a certain order.
    Thereafter, after accepting the Du'aa of a person, Allah Ta'ala changes the
    instruction given to the angel.

    However, as far as the absolute knowledge of Allah Ta'ala is concerned,
    nothing has changed. Allah Ta'ala knew from beforehand that He will be
    changing the command given to the angel. Thus, looking at the matter from
    the side of the angel, fate has changed. Yet, as far as Allah Ta'ala is
    concerned, nothing has changed. As Muslims, we are required to make Du'aa
    with full hope and by adopting all the correct means for achieving our
    desires, and thereafter, be pleased with whatever has decreed by His wisdom.

    And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai
    FATWA DEPT. "

    http://www.islam.tc/cgi-bin/askimam/ask.pl?q=2005&act=view

  4. Salam,

    I just want to know that when you guys says DUA, does it mean when I pray to Allah in my own words or are there any specific Duas to be recited before I make the dua in my own words to request Allah to write something I desire in my taqdeer and make it the best for me.

    Jazak Allah

    • khurram, both are valid. You can use dua's from the Quran or the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), and you can also pray to Allah in your own words.

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  5. Assalamoalaikum

    i want to discuss an important issue that i like someone and we both have a relationship since 4 years
    (Question deleted by Editor)

  6. Salaam,
    I have a question regarding Al-Qadar. my friend has a very bad life for the last 35 yrs. he is a good muslim and has never done any serious sin (Gunah e Kabira). he has always tried to be a better person but he has always series of bad lucks and bad events in life.
    so far there is no explanation for this bad luck. Can you suggest any possible reasons for this.

    Regards,
    asad.

  7. @Editors please I request to all Editors I submit one question about my friend she really need some advice. It will be good if you publish my friend problem and advice asap. And it not possible then it's okay just saying if possible.

    Thank you

  8. salam!

    i have a question.. can my du'as change the course of my future partner? if i pray hard from the core of my heart, will i then be able to marry the person i want to?

    • Hafsa,

      Please read the answers provided above. Also note, that Allah(swt) doesnt always gives us what we want, He gives us what is best for us. If you have any further questions, please log in and submit them as a separate post.

      SisterZ
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  9. Asalaamualikum,

    Iv become very ill all of a sudden and the symptoms are similar to multiple sclerosis.. but it hasn't been diagnosed yet but I'm feeling a lot of numbness in my arms n legs. I just want to know whether I can make dua asking Allah not to give me this disease? But I'm also paranoid I'm only asking cause I don't want any hardship in life, or I'm not sincere I'm just battling so many thoughts. When I'm praying I feel I'm more dedicated than before and deep inside I know it's cause I fear my health getting worse whereas before I'd sometimes pray Sunnah now I pray Sunnah and nawafl. I just don't know if I make dua what sort of intensions I'm suppose to have. I feel really lost I didn't want to get close to Allah cause of hardship Its like I'm only so dedicated cause of my ill health.

    • I know how you feel. I'm going through the exact
      Same feeling. I have very similar symptoms to
      Ms or maybe Als and I'm worried about the same thing
      That I hope I'm not classified as a person of self interest
      Hope your doing well inshallah may Allah restore your
      Health ameen

      • Hello I'm going through a similar situation, having health anxiety about having MS or something serious. I am praying a lot too and was wondering how did it turn out for you... I know this is a old post but I just came across it.

  10. if a women is divorced without rukhsati and then she remarry (deleted by the Editor - Dear sahrish, Please login and post your question separately. Before that, please search the already answered questions for an answer, as there have been similar questions in the past)

    • sahrish, I do not know the answer to your question. If you will log in and write your question as a separate post, and give us more details about your situation, we will try to advise you Insha'Allah. We cannot tell you what will happen in Jannah, but maybe we can give you some advice on finding happiness on earth.

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  11. Sallam Alikum Brother and sisters.

    Can some one put this in to context for me, it is a true story. And i fear the loss of the brother faith and imaan.

    A person who wants to be a doctor, He works really hard, studies for must part of his adult life as doctors have to, i.e uni master post grad, etc, he gets in to huge amounts of debt trying to obtain his dream which in all intense and purposes is halal and good.

    However no matter what he tries, its not working for him he cant find a job, in his chosen field, he is in massive debt, pressures at home are so immense, he is beginning to lie now to keep peace at home, and pretend he has opportunities here and there. However things are unraveling for him, as he has many people who dislike him and want to expose him. Now his wife has left him and he cant see his daughter. The conditions are you basically have to become a doctor or we will take as you are a liar, his respect, dignity, pride, honor are all be challenged and dragged through the mud. you can imagine what his state of mind is at this moment of time.

    However he is a devout Muslim, Prays all 5 along with qiyam ul liyal and tajjahud, he is in constant supplication asking Allah to help him. which he always has done.

    Questions

    Surly Allah SWT the all Mighty would not put him through the process off wanting him to be a doctor? then studying for it, most part of his adult life. causing him to fall into massive debt whether through free will or imposed decree, for Allah SWT not to give him the fruits off his labor. or reward him for is hard work. AS supposed to a Astronaut or film actor who goes through the same process yet he achieves his objective.

    So was it qadr for one and not the other?? even though the Doctor has lost his whole life and family chasing this halal dream?.

    Surly Allah SWT is not so unjust. not to reward a hard trying believing person who has lost everything to pursue this dream, for Allah to turn round and say SORRY you cant have it, it was not meant for you. Especially when the said doctor has lost everything to it, should not the hard work and striving of one be directly linked to the achievement of his goal, along as it does conflict with Allah SWT laws of Halal and harm. Basically should not one be awarded for his struggle and striving? as Allah SWT already put this want and desire in his heart to want to become a doctor or lawyer or whatever (as long as its halal.

    Basically does qadr kick in, and kick you in the ass and say hahaha you cant have it even though you have worked so hard for this all your life.

    Please answer with knowledge, this is a true life occurrence, and i fear the brother is losing hope and iman.

    BarakAllah fee
    May Allah bless you all.

    • 1. How did he accumulate massive debt? Most people who go into debt to finish school do so by taking interest-based loans. That is haram in Islam and it's quite a serious sin in fact. This is one of the reasons Allah has prohibited ribaa, because it destroys lives. It is a tool that the rich use to exploit the poor. One cannot say that he is fulfilling Allah's wish while using haram means to accomplish it.

      2. Your friend made a choice to lie, which is another mistake. We will never escape our troubles by lying about them. Your friend should have been honest with his family and perhaps his wife would have stood by him. Maybe his family could have helped with the debt. Instead he has subjected himself to possible harm by those who could ruin his reputation. This happened because of choices he made.

      3. Success in this dunya is not guaranteed for the righteous. The bargain Allah has made for us is quite simple: righteousness for Jannah. The fruits of the dunya carry litle weight in Allah's estimation; therefore He gives them to believers and disbelievers alike.

      People must live with the results of their own choices. To choose to deal in ribaa, then to lie to one's family, then to blame Allah and accuse Him of being unjust, is itself a great injustice against the Almighty. SubhanAllah, people always want to blame others rather than acknowledging their own mistakes; sometimes they even go to the extent of blaming Allah, subhanahu wa ta'alaa. What utter arrogance and vanity.

      Tell your friend to come clean with his family and tell them the truth. Perhaps his family can help him with the debt. If not, if he lives in the West, he might be able to declare bankruptcy and live with the consequences (ruined credit, etc). Let him take any job he can get to provide for his family, no matter how humble.

      Maybe his dream of becoming a doctor will come true one day, Allahu 'alam. Did your friend ever consider that maybe Allah gave him this opportunity (to become a doctor) not to enrich himself, but to help the desperate and the poor? Perhaps, if he is indeed a graduate of medical school and a licensed doctor, he can volunteer his services at a free clinic, or with Doctors Without Borders. There is a great need in the Ummah, and in the world in general, for doctors who are willing to help war victims, refugees, orphans, etc.

      * Immediately after posting my comment above, I went to Facebook and saw this quote by Imam AbdulBary Yahya: "If you sometimes feel like you're not getting what you deserve, work for Paradise. There, you will get more than what you will ever deserve."

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  12. Salam Akhi.

    I think that is somewhat judgmental to assume such things about someone without walking ones path.

    He is not blaming Allah for his own short comings or mistakes, we are all human and prone to sin. He is from a Arabic background , so criticism and snide remarks among his peers is rampant.
    The debt is not riba based it is largely from family and friends, who are now calling in their debts. lets not forget here the purpose of this questioning. It is more to understand Allah's plan rather than to beguile. As far as free work, he spent 2 years in Gaza and 1 year in Pakistan, all for free, whilst he is personally going through massive inward torture. My friend is working a normal job to make ends meet but it will never pay the debt off. and people are regretting ever helping him through his studies etc.

    Lets not forget all he has done is work very very hard all his life to get to a better place. So back to the initial question. If Allah SWT put the want desire and need in his heart to pursue this career and dream. please let not forget how staggeringly difficult it is to become a doctor, endless work, studying exams and off course the debt of studying. Maybe this is somewhat hypocritical of me to mention, but sometimes its better to be in debt with an establishment rather than family and people you know, as that debt can never be wrote of. he fears now if he dies without settling his debt then it will be ties around his neck on the day off reckoning and people will take his hasanah. Of course not to mention the snide remarks constant put downs and being told your a failure on a regular basis, would try any off us.

    Again back to the question. surly. Allah the Almighty would not put his through all of this, just to embarrass him in front off those who are doing this, snide remarks and continues put down depresses the best off us. before you judge please put your self in this mans shoes. worked his backside off to follow a noble career stuck to halal sources, all to be disappointed at the end of it, personally i don't think Allah would do this to him and maybe he is going to raise his ranks in the heavens before he grants him his Dua.

    I think it is a dismal place to be to think Allah SWT would make you go through this to let you down at the end of it all, divine miracle times are gone, where a person could be vindicated through divine intervention.

    As with the rock running away with Musa AS clothes to vindicate him, and the revelation of sura Khaf to vindicate the holy Prophet saw.

    As i said in my previous piece i fear the brother will lose his iman on the account of this. Don't forget we are talking about a man that has put his faith in Allah and tied his camel. Surly if you meet the requirements Allah SWT has set then does not one deserve to receive the fruits of his labor. Rather than for qadr to determine ones destination. Is that not what Prophet Muhammed saw meant by saying a path will be facilitated for him for what he was created for??? surly a man that has spent all his life trying to achieve this with Allah's leave was meant for this. (we are not talking about worship here, which every soul was created for)

    BarakAllah fee

  13. Salaam brothers and sisters,

    Ive had this question on my mind for quite some time. Ive been an active member on this site for a few months now and I like how everyone is supportive towards one another.

    My mother is very close to me mashallah as I am to her and she knows how much I have been thru and hwo much pain I have experienced at an earlier age. She always gives me her duas and says I wil be very happy, Allah will give me a very nice partner as Im divorced, and I will never come across sorrow anymore. Unfortunately, I feel like I see none of my mothers and fathers duas coming in front of me. Its like my lifes full of loneliness and there are points that I accept that I will be alone, or not have anyone in this life and Im in my late 20's 🙁

    Plz tell me y it takes so long for sum ppl to see duas come true? Does Allah not like me, I am not a bad person, I know Im not the most religious. but Im not the worst either. I never want anything bad for anyone, care for others, and want to see others happy but it seems liek ppl that do haraam and wrong have their duas come true faster these days.

    • Sometimes what you pray for in your dua is not what Allah SWT has intended for you. Imagine what the world would be like if all of our dua's were answered -- wouldn't that be heaven on earth? But this is not heaven, this is earth. Think of all the muslims suffering in the world right now -- 1 million Syrian children are refugees -- and millions more are praying for these children, yet they continue to suffer. Allah SWT has a plan, and that plan will manifest regardless of our duas.

      Rest assured, your dua's will be answered, but they are being stored for the hereafter. So, your ultimate qadar, your final destination, will be joyful. That is what jannah is -- the manifestation of al our hopes, wishes and dreams.

      I know that does not give you a lot of comfort but I have pondered over the exact same question as you, and I am much older than you are. My mom makes a lot of dua for me too. Dua brings you closer to Allah SWT; you should be content with that. It means you have left your destiny in the hands of God. It is very important that you do not have an emotional investment in the outcome of your dua, for that is when you become disappointed - and when you become disappointed, you start blaming God. Please don't allow yourself to get to that point. There are lots of things you can do in life besides getting married and having children. Maybe Allah SWT is telling you to take your life in a different direction?

      Keep making dua and know that God hears you, but He may have a different plan for you than what you are asking for.

      • Salaam sister, I have read many posts by you on many islaimic sites. The name 'precious star' really stands out. Sis I real feel for you and remember you in my duas. Sis please tell me has there been any change in your cirmcumstances? Xx

        • I feel for you and pray for you too 'precious star'. I have been reading all your responses on this site for quite some years. MashAllah you have a good head over your shoulder and give wise advices. May you always be precious in Allah's eyes and may he give you what you deserve. Best.

          • Thank you Tami and Neem. You are both very sweet and I hope all your wishes and dreams come true Insha'Allah.

  14. Salam,

    I am very upset the fact that the girl I like so much she did the istakhara some how it came in negative, I was reading your Answers and I found out that if you keep praying to ALLAH, Allah will change the taqdeer,

    So, I want to do the istikhara again because we both love each other very much.,

    kindly guide us.

    Naseer

  15. Aslam o alikum

    • dwam, please register and submit your question as a separate post, and we will answer you in turn Insha'Allah.

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  16. what does istikhara mean????

  17. Assalam o alaikum

    I have a question regarding prayers. What if a person keeps on praying for something and things didn't work out. Obviously, it's quite natural that person becomes hopeless at times and starts complaining in front of others about why prayers were not accepted. But still, even after complaints, he starts praying again hoping for a miracle to happen and wishes to be granted?? Is it right to again start praying for what you once complained about?

  18. Asalam o alaikum...
    I want to request to all that please pray for me... I am going through a lot of pain(mentally) and i need prayers to solve these problems... I can't discuss the major issue but i have realized i have done a lot of mistakes and now i want a chance to make them right... Please pray for me that i get solutions and my pain decreases...
    JAZAK ALLAH

  19. I've always had questions in regards to qada and qadr but no matter who I ask or what explanations I read, I just couldn't seem to wrap my mind around the answers. The answer given in this post by the Imaam explains it best.

    In regards to predestination though, it was mentioned that there are absolute decrees and conditional decrees which come true when certain conditions are fulfilled - I suppose this is what you call miracles happening at the right place and the right time.

    As we do not have the ability to know which is which and I've also read that Allah will make it difficult for the follower to obtain a specific outcome that they asked for if it's not meant for him, does that mean I should give up on making the supplication or do I continue with the belief that perhaps, the conditions are not right for the dua to be fulfilled yet.

    For example, there is a person I wish to marry and we did have a relationship prior but due to challenges faced by both parties, the other person decided that we are not suitable for each other. In this regard, I do agree now is not a suitable time to reconcile because we need space to get over our pain. However, to me this person is not someone I can dismiss easily as he is truly sincere about his love for Allah, the Prophet and Islam and has a very good character that I don't get to see in many people. If anything, the events that happened between us has inspired me to believe in Allah and return to the right path. I am doing my best to learn about the religion, recite the Quran, make supplication and dhikr and so far, I have been consistent with my daily prayers.

    In the meantime, we are both changing and growing as people and perhaps, become people who may eventually grow to become a better fit in the future, insyaAllah.

    Despite the clear rejection, should I continue to supplicate so that the future that I hope for may come true? In my prayers, I ask that if this person is good for me, my deen and the hereafter then please ordain him for me and I ask that I too, will become such a person for him and for Allah to save us for each other until the right conditions are met.

    Thank you.

    • You can't make dua to control someone else's mind, feelings and decisions. The other person has decided that he does not want to be with you. I'm not sure how dua will change that. Sometimes, dua for a specific outcome makes us stuck. We get stuck in the present, we get obsessed with a certain outcome. I think you are getting stuck. You don't know what lies in this other person's kismet. He may have a life full of misfortunes and perhaps Allah SWT is trying to protect you. Or, he may have met the love of his life, and wants nothing to do with you. Why be vulnerable to further hurt?

      Make dua for a good future for yourself, and move on.

      • Thank you Precious Star, for your response.

        I do agree with you to an extent and have made the necessary steps to also move on from this chapter in my life. I have deleted phone numbers belonging to the person and everyone related to him and I am also seeing a counselor to help me manage my anxiety issues better.

        However, I also believe that people have the capacity to change their minds/decisions and through experience there have been people who have walked away, very adamant that they want nothing to do with me anymore, but returned. Maybe not immediately and perhaps seeking for a different kind of relationship when they returned. I guess they did because they felt differently later (and I didn't even pray for them to).

        In making supplication, I ask that when the right conditions are met and if the person and I, myself, are a better fit in the future then for there to be ease in making that possibility happen. However, I also ask that if that is not to be it, then there be another person who fits the request.

        I'm not discounting the fact that I may feel differently later and that when the time comes, I may be making a different kind of supplication altogether!

        It's tricky to not overstep that thin line that separates hope and expectation but I'd like to look forward to a positive outcome, whatever it may be. 🙂

  20. Asalam Waleekum
    My question is that the person we will marry is our conditional or unconditional decree?

  21. salam, can dua reverse illness
    like poorer eyesight
    or deafness or neurolgical conditions acquired that have no cure

  22. JazakAllah u khair for such a detailed answer in the light of quranic verses and authentic hadith
    May Allah make us from the people who submit to the qadr of Allah without complaining
    Do check this article on the qadr of Allah on our website as well 🙂
    http://ayeina.com/surah-baqarah-the-cow-verse-113-121/

  23. Very good explanation but there is something that has kept me confused. This is a newly-coined term the law of attraction that says there is a certain way. I am a bit confused. Is law of attraction according to Islam? Does Islam support it? Read it and clear my confusion please, any of you reading this and helping me understand will be greatly appreciated.

    • I deleted your link because the so-called "law of attraction" is a lot of nonsense and it's misleading. It is a shirk concept. We cannot achieve wealth or any other element of success by wishing and having a strong desire. Success in the dunya and aakhirah comes only from hard work, dua' and our qadar. Allah is the source of all guidance, rizq and fulfillment. He is the one who gives and takes away. This understanding is a part of tawheed.

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  24. Asalam o alakum i am suffering from anxiety for 2years now because of this my stomach is upset sometimes urine problem to I have taken a medicine for 6month all check up all clear by i am still suffering from anxiety and stomach problems and my period r irregular too i am unmarried please make dua for me that I became anxiety free and my all dreams come true

  25. i am a chid sex abuse victim....was that bad experiance a test from allah? or was allah powerless to stop that evil? how can i depend on allah who could not help me there?

    • Aysha, Allah was certainly NOT powerless to stop the evil. However, it is not Allah's way to interfere in the actions of humankind. Allah has given us guidance in the form of Prophets and Messengers, and the Quran, and it's up to us to follow the guidance.

      I'm sorry about what happened to you. But you cannot blame it on Allah. It was not Allah who abused you, but a human being. Blame the person who committed the sin.

      If you ask, "Why does Allah allow evil in the world?" then that's another matter. Allah created us human beings with free will. We have the ability to choose good or evil. If Allah were to interfere in our affairs by blocking us from doing evil, then we would no longer have free will. We would be robots or simple animals, or angels, and there would be no need for our creation.

      The challenge is for us human beings to wipe these evils from the world. It's up to us to be campaigners for change, promoting good and stopping evil when we see it. It's up to us to work to eliminate sexual abuse from the world, as well as rape, torture, and oppression. This is the challenge that Allah Most High has given us.

      Then why worship Allah? Because Allah gave us everything good. Allah gave us life, food, water, the earth upon which we live, the beauty of nature, and guidance to the truth. Everything good comes from Allah. It is only us human beings who corrupt what Allah gave us and commit sins.

      You asked if it was a test. I do not believe that what happened to you as a child was a test. But maybe the test for you happens now. Direct your anger over what happened in the proper direction. Do not direct it against Allah the Most High.

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  26. Asala o alakum I didn't get married i got proposal but that was not so good and some how I didn't get married and now i am 40 so please tell I rejected the proposal which 2. 3 come to me ir that was written people say u destroyed ur self and i think that was written and if i make dua every thing will return to me even my age also to marry is this possible to dua can do marical and me my age back or some impossible possible because eveybody say me now it not possible but i say nothing is impossible because Allah can do any I believe in Allah i say i have done mistake

  27. I want to know that if everything is written before we r born so want wrong happen in life y people that u have done your self eg I didn't got married at the actual age of marriage now my family say u didn't got married because u didn't want but this all written please help in this confusion

  28. in propatic tradition prophat of islam has an instruction not to ask to much or questioning about qadr beyond limit, beacuse knowledge of Allah is beyond humen acquired knowledge.......since things are going to happen or not happen from Allahs will.....we as servants of Allah should keep praying or supplicating regardless it happens or not happens

  29. Ya Allah Subhanahuwata'alah! Increase our takwah in this blessed month of Ramathan kareem! increase our love for you O the most beneficent the most merciful! Make us benefit from this month fully by worshiping you day and night. And thank you Allah so much for this blessed month as a means to increase our imaan! How beautiful is this month, full of peace, serenity, and submission. It is truly amazing and beautiful. This is the month where the load of sins are thrown away, subhanAllah! Ya Allah you are truly the greatest and i love you so much ya Allah! Increase our Takwah, Imaan and help us to fully benefit from this month! Ameen!

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