Decree/Predecree is a pillar of Islam. Insha’Allah, we will learn more about it and strengthen our faith (eeman) in the process.

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Does Du’aa (supplication to Allah) change what is written by Allah?

There is no doubt that du’aa affects what had been written and ordained, but the change in what is already written, is, itself, written and ordained.

So, the du’aa does not bring a new Qadaa’ other than that which has already preceded.

Allah, the one who ordained tests and trials, is the one who ordained warding them off by du’aa or by other means. So al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar comprises them all.

For example, Illnesses are pre-ordained. An ill person calls upon Allah to cure his illness. The illness is written; his invocation (supplication) is also written, and because of his invocation, Allah had ordained and written that he will be cured. So everything is linked to its causes, which are themselves created and written.

Dr. Saleh As-Saleh
Based on the book “The Salaf’s Understanding of Al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar“
(Allah’s General Pre-Decrees and Their Particular Executions) Published: 2006

Previously, Al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar in Brief: part 1, part 2, part 3, Q&A #1

Journal Assignment

Write one benefit you gained from this week’s reading. And here are several questions to further explore in your journal.

  1. How does du’aa affect Qadaa’?
  2. Who ordains what will happen?
  3. How does du’aa affect tests and trials?