Anonymous asked: Does making dua actually work? I mean if Allah has already decided something then no amount of praying can change that right? So what's the point?
God guides us in the way that we desire, so the question becomes what do we want to see?
For The Qur’an says:
Thus, as for him who gives [to others] and is conscious of God,
and believes in the truth of the ultimate good -
for him shall We make easy the path towards [ultimate] ease.
But as for him who is miserly, and thinks that he is self-sufficient,
and calls the ultimate good a lie
for him shall We make easy the path towards hardship:
- The Holy Qur’an [92:5-10]
God may know our destiny, but we make the choice, for we have a choice in whether we believe, whether we pray, whether we are kind or not, these are all in our hands.
Now, as far as Dua goes, here are some Hadith to keep in mind:
This Hadith, found in the collection of Sahih Muslim, reports that The Prophet said:
"The supplication of every one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: ‘I supplicated but it was not granted.’"
Another Hadith, found in Abu Dawud, reports The Prophet saying:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: ‘Supplication (du’a’) is itself the worship.’
He [The Prophet] then recited: ‘And your Lord said: Call on Me, I will answer you’ [40:60].
So make Dua, trust in God, and do your best. Remember the words of your Lord and keep this reminder from Sheikh El Shaarawy in mind:
"Know well, that if God (Exalted is He) puts a barrier between what you want in this world, it is because He wants to give it to you as He wishes in the Hereafter. Many people think that God is depriving them. God is free from such imperfection that he would deprive His slaves."