Harun Yahya

Determined prayer is the key to destiny


There are various elements in life you come face to face with every day and that you imagine you know and understand very well; so much so that you imagine it would be impossible to understand the majority of them any better than you do already. But that is not always true. Sometimes you may hear a different account  or witness something  that leads to a brand new door, a new horizon you had never contemplated before, opening up on a subject you thought you knew so well. Your whole perspective changes, not only momentarily but fundamentally. You acquire a new perspective on that long familiar subject, as if you were encountering it for the first time.

One of these subjects about which one constantly acquires a new and more profound conception during the various stages of one’s life is ‘prayer.’ A believer knows that Allah will heed all prayers, and trusts in that truth with all his heart. But the more a person’s closeness to Allah, depth of faith and understanding of destiny grow, the more his perspective toward prayer deepens and is perfected. Although he knows the verses of the Qur’an very well, the spiritual power that Allah instills in his heart through those verses constantly increases whenever he reads them again. And for someone who is determined in faith, this situation is repeated constantly until the end of his life.

One piece of knowledge regarding prayer that will again be instrumental in the opening of his heart when he hears it is that prayer ‘is the key to destiny.’ This is part of the law of Allah. When Muslims beseech Allah with love and passion, by His leave, what they desire will come about.

This is a  secret mystery of Allah that very few people are aware of. When one prays, Allah’s destiny goes into motion. Mass prayer especially has a particular power; when Muslims request something determinedly and en masse, and when they embrace natural causes, then by Allah’s leave, something that people thought would never happen does in fact come to pass. Allah has created the world by that law.

Allah is He Who heeds every prayer        

Allah has cited many examples in the Qur’an so that people can understand this secret of destiny: the Prophet Jonah (pbuh) frequently prayed to Allah from inside the stomach of the whale, and Allah rescued him in an incomparable manner. When the Prophet Moses (pbuh) and his people were trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the sea, the Prophet Moses (pbuh) prayed to Allah in full submission, and Allah created a miraculous escape for him and his people. Rasulullah (saas) placed all his trust in the infinite might of Allah when he and a friend were in the cave, and Allah spared him from the traps of the unbelievers and granted him victory. In the same way, when the Prophet Joseph (pbuh) was thrown down the well, Allah in His infinite mercy sent him help. Allah again manifested His infinite mercy when the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) was about to be cast into the flames, and made them cool for him. The Prophet Zechariah (pbuh) prayed to Allah, and despite their advanced age, he and his wife were blessed by Allah with the birth of the Prophet John (pbuh).

Some of the verses of the Qur’an that reveal how Allah heeds the sincere calls of His prophets are as follows:

Jonah too was one of the messengers. When he ran away to the fully laden shipand cast lots and lost. Then the fish devoured him and he was to blame. Had it not been that he was a man who glorified Allah, he would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are raised again. So We cast him up onto the beach and he was sick; and We caused a gourd tree to grow over him.We sent him to a hundred thousand or even more. They believed and so We gave them enjoyment for a time. (Surat as-Saffat, 139-148)

And when the two hosts came into sight of one another Moses’ companions said, “We will surely be overtaken!” He said, “Never! My Lord is with me and He will guide me.” So We revealed to Moses, “Strike the sea with your staff.” And it split in two, each part like a towering cliff. And We brought the others right up to it. We rescued Moses and all those who were with him. Then We drowned the rest. There is certainly a sign in that yet most of them are not believers. (Surat ash-Shu‘ara’, 61-67)

If you do not help him, Allah did help him when the unbelievers drove him out and there were two of them in the Cave. He said to his companion, “Do not be despondent, Allah is with us.” Then Allah sent down His serenity upon him and reinforced him with troops you could not see. He made the word of the unbelievers undermost. It is the word of Allah which is uppermost. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat at-Tawba, 40)

When they declared, “Why! Joseph and his brother are dearer to our father than we are although we constitute a powerful group. Our father is clearly making a mistake. Kill Joseph or expel him to some land so that your father will look to you alone and then you can be people who do right.” (Surah Yusuf, 8-9)

But when, in fact, they did go out with him and gathered all together and agreed to put him at the bottom of the well, We then revealed to him that: “You will inform them of this deed they perpetrate at a time when they are totally unaware.”(Surah Yusuf, 15)

Some travelers came that way and then dispatched their water-drawer who let his bucket down. He said, “Good news for me, I’ve found a boy!” They then hid him away among their goods. Allah knew very well what they were doing. They sold him for a pittance, a few small coins, considering him to be of little worth. (Surah Yusuf, 19-20)

The Egyptian who had bought him told his wife, “Look after him with honor and respect. It’s possible he will be of use to us or perhaps we might adopt him as a son.” And thus We established Joseph in the land to teach him the true meaning of events. Allah is in control of His affair. However, most of mankind do not know. And then when he became a full-grown man, We gave him knowledge and right judgement too. That is how We reward all doers of good. (Surah Yusuf, 21-22)

They said, “Who has done this to our gods? He is definitely one of the wrongdoers!” They said, “We heard a young man mentioning them. They call him Abraham.” They said, “Bring him before the people’s eyes so they can be witnesses.” (Surat al- Anbiya’, 59-61)

They said, “Burn him and support your gods if you are resolved to do something.” We said, “Fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham!” They desired to trap him but We made them the losers. (Surat al- Anbiya’, 68-70)

And Zechariah when he called out to his Lord, “My Lord, do not leave me on my own, though You are the Best of Inheritors.” We responded to him and gave him John, restoring for him his wife’s fertility. They outdid one another in good actions, calling out to Us in yearning and in awe, and humbling themselves to Us. (Surat al- Anbiya’, 89-90)

Then and there Zechariah called on his Lord and said, “O Lord, grant me by Your favor an upright child. You are the Hearer of Prayer.” The angels called out to him while he was standing in prayer in the Upper Room: “Allah gives you the good news of John, who will come to confirm a Word from Allah, and will be a leader and a celibate, a Prophet and one of the righteous.” He said, “My Lord, how can I possibly have a son when I have reached old age and my wife is barren?” He said, “It will be so. Allah does whatever He wills.” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 38-40)

Some people who encounter similar situations to these cited in the Qur’an in their own lives fall into the error of thinking that “it is impossible” for their prevailing circumstances to ever change. Since their attitude is essentially one of despair and lack of faith, they fail to properly appreciate the might of Allah and do not pray to Him with a genuine and absolute submission to Him. And this stems from these people being unaware of the secret of determined prayer, and being unaware that prayer is the key to destiny.

Yet if Allah so wishes He can immediately make those things that people mistakenly think of as “impossible” a reality. In the same way that Allah sent His help to messengers and true believers in the past, and that situations regarded as “impossible” were made a reality, so this also applies to the lives of everyone today.

Praying with absolute faith

Everyone may face situations wherein they may truly  want from Allah but that look impossible to happen. But people must never be deceived under these circumstances. It is very important not to forget that prayer is the key to destiny and that when one prays, so Allah’s destiny goes into motion, and thus to beseech Allah with an absolute faith. In the same way that our Lord smoothed the way for the Prophet Moses (pbuh) and helped the prophets Jonah (pbuh), Abraham (pbuh) and Zechariah (pbuh), so all sincere Muslims  hope for Him to respond to their prayers with mercy.

Of course, however, a believer who really wants something to happen must frequently call on Allah, just like the Prophet Jonah (pbuh) and must, just like our Prophet Muhammad (saas) and the Prophet Moses (pbuh), say “Of course, our Lord is with us,” without losing heart under even the most difficult of conditions; he must trust in Allah’s might with a powerful faith, feeling no doubts at all. And then the secret in prayer will come about and, by Allah’s leave, destiny will begin to work in the desired direction.

The great Islamic scholar Imam Rabbani reminds believers of this great and certain truth in the following passage:


"To ask for something is to obtain it; because Almighty Allah will not allow His servant to utter a prayer that He will not heed." (Imam Rabbani)

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