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Why pray if all is Predetermined?
Question asked by Magdi.
Posted on: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - Hits: 2954

If God knows the details of the future what use is it to beseech favours in prayer? If I plead God for event A, and He already knew it would never be, then was there ever a point in asking?

For the Islamic stance on the concept of predetermination please refer to: http://www.understanding-islam.org/related/text.asp?type=question&qid=3

God’s knowledge of what is going to happen does not render it unnecessary for us to ask for something. He may not accept our requests as per His wisdom, but that only tests a believer’s trust in His lord and grants him an opportunity for reward. In such matters it is not His knowledge but our reaction to the situations and our behaviour towards Him that matters. The result of this trial is not dependent on God’s knowledge but on our acts based on complete free will, which indicates that we should always pray for the better.


Tariq Mahmood Hashmi
Research Assistant, Studying Islam

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