Relationship between decree and supplication

I read a quote that said, “Whenever we supplicate we should seek the best from Allah, which He has already decided and which we call destiny. Allah says, seek from me whatever you want, and He also says, I am happy when my creation seeks anything from me.”

I am confused between these two things because if Allah has decreed the best for us then there should be no point in supplication because He has already decided the best.

What Allah decided is the reward for those who supplicate and the lack of reward for those who do not. He does not decide whether you supplicate or not, you do. But He knows if you will or won’t.

The Prophet ﷺ said in a Hadith: “Dua is worship”[1].

Allah says in the Quran:

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ إنَّ الَّذِيْنَ يَسْتَكْبِرُوْنَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِيْ سَيَدْخُلُوْنَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِيْنَ

“And Lord said, ‘Call upon Me and I will respond to you!’ Verily, those who are too arrogant to worship Allah will enter Hell humiliated.”[2]

The entire concept of worship, the purpose for which man was created can be summarized in one simple act; that of Dua.

Allah says in the Quran:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ والْإنْسَ إلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُوْنَ

“And I have not created jinn and man except that they worship Me.”[3]


[1] Athenticated, narrated by Ahmad and the four Sunans, and others, from Nu’man ibn Bashir, as reported in Sahih al-Jami, no. 3407.

[2] Quran, 40:60.

[3] Quran, 50:56.

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