Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee | Does Du’aa Change the Qadr?

Question: Does supplication change the qadar?

Answer: It comes in a hadeeth that some of the people of knowledge have deemed authentic and it is, “Nothing changes the qadar except supplication.” However the intent behind it is that Allaah has (already) decreed for this person to supplicate and thus such and such a thing will happen for him due to it.

This is similar to the hadeeth, “Whoever wishes for his lifespan to be extended and his provisions increased then let him keep good ties with his kith and kin.” Yet, there still isn’t any change in the decree of Allaah. Because Allaah is the one who decreed for him to keep ties with the womb that bore him so that his life-span may be extended while so and so does not keep ties with the womb that bore him so his life-span gets cut short. All of this takes place by the decree of Allaah ‘Azza wa Jal.

And He (i.e. Allaah) decreed for this person to supplicate and therefore Allaah benefitted him by that supplication that he made and another individual does not supplicate so as a result doesn’t benefit from supplication.

Na’am (Yes).

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