Is it permissible to ask Allah to change His decree?
How correct is this phrase which some people say in their du’a – “O Allah, I do not ask You to change Your decree but I do ask for Your help when it comes to surpass it”?
All the Praise be to Allah.
The phrase is not appropriate. But it has been prescribed for us to ask Allah to change His decree if there is something bad in it.
Imam al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) entitled a chapter in his Sahih “Whoever seeks refuge with Allah from having an evil end to this worldly life and from having a bad fate, [which in fact contained in] the Quran that says: ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of the daybreak, from the evil of what He has created’ [Al-Falaq 113:1-2].”
Al-Bukhari quoted the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “Seek refuge with Allah from the difficulties of severe calamities, from having a bad end and bad fate.” [Al-Bukhari, 7/215, Kitab al-Qadar].
Source: Al-Eemaan bi’l-Qadaa’ wa’l-Qadar by Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Hamad, p. 147, Published by Islam Q&A.