Answered by Imam Yama Niazi
I wish to ask Allah to allow us to live up to the age of 900.000 and to make the first significant sign of the Day of Judgement occur exceptionally far away to the extent that even angels will wonder when the end will come.
And I wish to ask Allah to increase our childhood. Is this legitimate?
Thank you for asking your question, and do not worry; it is not a stupid question.
As Muslims, we believe that Allah has decreed everything that has happened and will happen until the end. Therefore there will be no change in that.
Our role is to ask Allah for those things which concern us in our life and that we are taught by our Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace).
The Prophetic Invocations are Encompassing
If you focus on learning the prayers and supplications that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) taught us, you will see that they are all-inclusive and account for every good we can imagine.
For example, take the famous supplication “Rabbana atina fi dunya hasanatan wa fil akhirati hasanatan wa qina adhaban naar” which translates as, “O Allah grant us the good of this world and the good of the hereafter and protect us from the fire.” [Muslim]
This prayer alone allows a person to ask for every good in this life and the next. What could be better than that?
Remember that we do not know what is precisely suitable for us or bad for us in reality.
Sometimes what we perceive as bad may be a good thing and vice-versa.
Therefore, I advise you to trust in Allah’s plan and prepare your life journey with good deeds and supplications, often recited by the Prophet Muhammad [Allah bless him and grant him peace] daily.
I have taught a class on this subject for youth called “Connecting to Allah through Supplication” here at Seekersguidance. It is free to take, and I think you will benefit from the course.
May Allah bless you and guide us all to that which He loves and is pleased with.
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Imam Yama Niazi has studied with local scholars in the USA for a number of years which culminated in him becoming an imam of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara for 8 years. He served the community by teaching and leading prayers. In 2015 he founded “the blessed tree “a nonprofit specifically for bridging gaps between the Muslim community and others. He has spoken on many Muslim platforms throughout the USA and Canada and conducted programs in local communities in North America. He is an instructor at SeekersGuidance.