Does Supplication Change That Which is Written

Question: Does supplication have any effect in changing what is written for a person before he was created?

Answer: There is no doubt that supplication has an effect on changing what is written, but this change was also written because of the supplication. So, do not think that if you supplicate to Allaah that you are supplicating with something which was not written; rather the supplication is written, and what results from it is written. This is why we find that the reciter recites over the sick person and he is cured, and in the story of the military expedition which the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent, they stayed as guests with a people, but they did not treat them hospitably, and it was decreed that a snake bit their leader, so they requested someone to recite something over him. The Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, imposed the condition that they should be paid for that, and they gave them a flock of sheep, so one of them went and recited Surat al-Faatihah over him, and the man who was bitten arose as if he had been freed from shackles, that is, as if he was a camel which had broken free from its tethering rope. Therefore the recitation had an effect in curing the sick person. So supplication has an effect, but it does not change what has been ordained, rather it is decreed because of it, and everything with Allaah is according to Qadar. Likewise all of the causes have an influence on the effects by Allaah’s permission, so the causes are written and the effects are written.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fataawa Arkanaul-Islaam p.190 DARUSSALAM

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Let the Angels of mercy enter your house. Praise be to Allaah who sent His Messengers (peace and blessings of Allaah be on them) with clear explanation.

Today, many people complain of unanswered supplications, bad dreams, anxiety etc. This is as a result of what we caused due to our attitude with regards to the Dos and don’ts of Allaah. The prophet has warned us that: “The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Judgement will be the image-makers.” Yet we couldn’t do without pictures. Some even spend extravagantly on pictures.
How can someone fill his house with images/pictures (Starting from the pictures hanged on the wall to those on standing, wallpapers, tables, clothes, DVDs, calendars, books of some Quranic chapters etc)? Some even pray towards the pictures.
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said, “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Scholars thus explained that the images which prevent the angels from entering a house are images of animate beings, apart from images that are deal with in a disrespectful manner and the angels are those who go around bringing mercy, blessing and prayers for forgiveness and warding off the harm of the Shaytaan from him.
SubhanAllaah! Despite that the picture maker/keeper will be punished for the sin, he is still deprived of Angels of blessings from entering his house.
Ask those who are specialists in doing ruqiya for those who have been possessed by Jinns, they will tell you single picture may become a mansion for shayaateen.
Therefore, let’s stop living and dining with jinns. Dispose or efface all the images/pictures and let the angels of mercy enter your house.
We ask Allaah for forgiveness and increase in hidayah.

…Abide by the truth even if your mind deserts you.

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He looks at your deeds only…

From Abū Hurayrah ‘Abdur-Rahmān ibn Sakhr, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said: The Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace, said:
«Indeed, Allaah looks not to your bodies, nor to your faces, rather He looks to your hearts [and deeds].»(1)

Shaykh al-`Uthaymīn comments:(2)
Allaah, the Perfect and Most High, does not look to the slaves and their bodies, and whether they are large or small in stature, nor whether they stand in good health or illness. He does not look to their faces, and whether or not they are beautiful or hideous. All of these affairs are of [absolutely] no significance to Allaah. Similarly, He does not look towards their lineage nor ancestry, and whether or not they are of nobility or ignobility, nor does He look towards their wealth. He does not look towards any of these affairs at all.
There lies no connection between Allaah and His creation except through at-taqwā (righteousness). Whomever possesses more taqwā of Allaah, is nearer to Him, and thus most honorable with Him, so do not take pride in your wealth, nor in your beauty, nor in your body, nor in your children, nor in your palaces, nor in your cars, nor in any worldly matter. Indeed, if Allaah granted you success in attaining at-taqwā, it is from the His Grace upon you, so praise Allaah.

(1) Related by Muslim, no. 2564.
(2) Shaykh Saalih al-`Uthaymīn, Sharh Riyād as-Sālihīn, 1/61 [Dār al-Watan].
Translated by Umm Sufyaan Faatimah

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Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allāh have mercy on him) wrote:

إذا فتح الله عليك في باب قيام الليل ، فلا تنظر للنائمين نظرة ازدراء.

If Allāh opens for you the door of standing in the night prayer (Qiyām al-Layl) then do not look at those who are sleeping with a look of disdain.

وإذا فتح الله عليك في باب الصيام ، فلا تنظر للمفطرين نظرة ازدراء.

And if Allāh opens for you the door of fasting then do not look at those who eat (don’t fast) with a look of disdain.

وإذا فتح الله عليك في باب الجهاد ، فلا تنظر للقاعدين نظرة ازدراء .

And if Allāh opens for you the door of Jihād then do not look at those who sit behind with a look of disdain.

فرب نائم ومفطر وقاعد أقرب إلى الله منك.

Perhaps the one who sleeps and eats and sits behind is closer to Allāh than you.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allāh have mercy on him) went on to say:

“وإنك أن تبيت نائماً وتصبح نادماً خير من أن تبيت قائماً وتُصبح معجباً ، فإنَّ المُعجَب لا يصعد له عمل.”

“And indeed spending the night sleeping and waking up with regret is BETTER than spending the night standing (in Qiyām al-Layl) and waking up admiring oneself (out of arrogance), for indeed the one who admires himself (out of arrogance) will not have his actions risen (they will not benefit him).”
[Madārij al-Sālikīn 1/177]

Via Sa’id Zulaykha Abiola

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O beloved! Know you that despite that innovation will be rejected, one will still be punished

The following question was directed to Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله:

“Noble Shaykh, may Allāh grant you goodness. In previous encounters we learnt about innovation and its ruling, (however) we find some people in (their) celebrations of the birth of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) saying: ‘These celebrations bring about the unification of the hearts of the Muslims after the Ummah has been divided.’ So what do you have to say to these (individuals)?”

The Shaykh responded by saying:

“We say to these (individuals) who are saying that celebrating the birth (of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم) brings about the unification of the hearts and the revival of the remembrance of Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

Firstly, we do not accept that since these (individuals) who are gathering (in such celebrations) are departing with nothing (i.e. they are departing without any reward from Allāh), and it is not possible for the hearts to be united upon an innovation under any circumstance.

Secondly, indeed this is innovating something that Allāh has not legislated; but verily, Allāh (تعالى) made another gathering for the unification of the hearts. Every day we meet in a house from the houses of Allāh. How many times? Five times (and therefore) in it (i.e. in the meeting for the five daily prayers) is (sufficiency) in achieving the unification of the hearts. Hence, we are not in need of this innovation that they innovated and they say by way of it, it brings about unity.

As for the remembrance of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), then Subḥān Allāh al-‘Aẓīm! Is it that an individual only remembers the Messenger at the beginning of every year?! Do we not remember the Messenger in every ‘ibādah (i.e. every type of worship)? Every ‘ibādah we remember the Messenger.

When you desire to make wudū, then inevitably two affairs are required: ikhlās and the second, following the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Therefore, whenever you are aware of following the Messenger, then at that point in time you have remembered the Messenger. You perform wudū as if you are following the Messenger and you perform the salāh as if you are following the Messenger.

Furthermore, the evident remembrance – Alhamdulillāh – every day for a minimum of five times a day we proclaim (in the Adhān): ‘I bear witness that Muḥammad is Allāh’s Messenger’ from above the minaret. So we are not in need of this innovation. Therefore, we refute them in the (following) manner and we say: Subhān Allāh! Where are you in comparison to the Ṣsahābah? Where are you in comparison to the Tābi’īn? Where are you in comparison to the Tābi’ Tābi’īn? All of the three virtuous generations – which are the best of the Ummah – have preceded and there was not a single one from amongst them who introduced this celebration. This celebration was unknown up until the fourth century. Na’am. It is an innovation without a doubt; an unpraiseworthy innovation, an unpraiseworthy innovation and every innovation is misguidance. Na’am.”

Translated by Musa Shaleem Mohammed

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