Is it wrong to ask what is good?

The Details of the Question

I read a book. The following is written in the book: “Do not ask what is good for you. Asking for what is good is a prayer (dua) of saints. Can you put up with the things that will happen to you when you want what is good for you without rebelling against Allah? Can you put up with the results of that prayer of saints? Is it wrong to ask what is good?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

That information is not true. We are encouraged to ask for “good things” in several verses in the Quran.

Man does not weary of asking for good (things), but if ill touches him, he gives up all hope (and) is lost in despair. When we give him a taste of some Mercy from Ourselves, after some adversity has touched him, he is sure to say, "This is due to my (merit): I think not that the Hour (of Judgment) will (ever) be established; but if I am brought back to my Lord, I have (much) good (stored) in His sight!" But We will show the Unbelievers the truth of all that they did, and We shall give them the taste of a severe Penalty. When We bestow favors on man, he turns away, and gets himself remote on his side (instead of coming to Us); and when evil seizes him, (he comes) full of prolonged prayer!” (Fussilat, 41/49-51) That fact is indicated in the verses above and we are encouraged to ask for good things – though indirectly.  

Hz. Aisha narrates: The Prophet (pbuh) taught me the following supplication: “O Allah! I ask You for all that is good (in this world and in the hereafter) - what I know and what I do not know and I seek refuge with You from all evil (in this world and in the hereafter) what I know and what I do not know.

O Allah! I ask You for the good that Your (beloved) slave and Prophet asked You for, and I seek refuge with You from the evil from which Your (beloved) slave and Prophet sought refuge.

O Allah! I ask You for Paradise and for that which brings (me) closer to it, in word and deed. I seek refuge in You from Hell and from that which brings (me) closer to it, in word and deed. And I ask You to make every decree that You decree concerning me good)” (Ibn Majah, Dua, 4, no: 3846)

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