Dua is an act of worship. It is the weapon of the believer which can change Destiny or Fate. It is very essential. It can relieve stress and change the Divine decree. Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran:
“And your Lord said: ‘Invoke Me [i.e. believes in My Oneness and asks Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation). Verily, those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!’” [Surah Ghaafir 40:60]
Dua has great power. We should always pray to Allah SWT and must never give up hope that it will not be accepted. Making dua does not mean that we have some kind of human power or jinn but it means that Allah SWT has power and He can do whatever He wants. Dua is the acknowledgment and recognition of our dependence upon our Creator and our deep faith that He can change anything. There are many hadith and verses in Holy Quran that emphasize the necessity and importance of dua. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
“Nothing can change the Divine decree except Dua.”
If a person thinks that there is no need for him to make dua because he depends on divine decree then he is wrong because Allah SWT has made dua as a mean of attaining His mercy, forgiveness, support guidance and provision. If good is written in someone’s fate then he will attain it by means of dua.
Dua is only thing that prevents you from harm. For example, you pray Allah Almighty for attaining something and you achieve it with the help of dua. If you did not pray then you would not have achieved it. Many people raise the question that if Allah SWT knows our future and His knowledge is always true then things should happen according to Him. Then why should we make dua when it is written and how can something be changed because of it?
Actually, Muslim scholars have pointed out that illm (knowledge) is surely an illuminative but not always effective. Allah SWT does know everything but in many areas, He has given us freedom to act where we act according to our will. We are responsible for the things in which we have freedom to do something. Allah Almighty will judge us according to the freedom that He has given us. So, Dua is the weapon which will change our fate if we have done something wrong and something bad is written for us.
We should realize the importance of Dua and ask Almighty Allah for everything. We must make dua for everything in our life whether it is big or small. Also we should make dua at all times and not only during the times of difficulty. We should always remember Him in happiness too.