Take advantage of the win-win situation you’ve been put in.
By Abeera Siddiqui
The case was pleaded in His Court of Justice and the matter was left to Him. Now, either which way He replies to my dua, it’ll signify what He decided was best for me.
Dua is certainly a gift we have been blessed with. The gift of dua personifies Allah’s Love towards His servants. In a way that after creating us He just didn’t leave us nowhere but to His utmost care He gave us an opportunity to stay connected to Him. Call onto Him whenever we need Him.
وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ
… We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein
Through dua He lets us know that when it comes to lending an ear to His servants, He is always there … a relationship so close that no human mind can comprehend it.
It is such a personal relationship unlike any other … it is just between you and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and no one else can come in between and your duas are a means of strengthening this bond. A dua isn’t just about asking Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) all that we want. The real awesomeness lies in surrendering to His decision. This is the real essence of making dua and strengthening our faith in His planned decree.
Being granted the opportunity to make dua is a blessing from Allah, and then surrendering to His decision after making Dua is what Allah expects out of a believer. It strengthens our faith that humans beings, despite being given the wisdom to decide between right and wrong still fall prey to vulnerabilities and limitations. So, it is always the power of our duas and His Decision that keep us going. Allah states in the Qur’an
وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
… But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not
However, the ways in which a believer’s dua gets accepted is once again a blessing from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). When we either get less or more of what we ask for, it makes the believer realise that the dua wasn’t just answered directly but it was perfected according to the believer’s requirements and what will be beneficial to Him in the long run.
After all, the love Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has for His servant is so immense that He makes sure what is granted to His servant is the most appropriate for him by every means.
Had we been given all that we asked for, we couldn’t have handled the pressure and, honestly, our lives would have been a complete mess. Hence, the filter by ALLAH (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَ) is a crucial prerequisite.
Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) loves the sight when we expose our weakest self to Him and ask Him out of dependency and trust.
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) taught us that supplications are answered in one of three ways: by actually giving the thing being asked;  Or by warding off a harm that would have otherwise afflicted the person;  Or as gifts awaiting the person in the next life, which is the best form of du’a being answered. [Musnad Ahmad]
Hence, dua is always a win-win situation for a believer.