Out of curiosity, how true is it the statement that "dua is not always about the fulfillment of our wishes, but the joy in always praying (asking about a need) with all our heart to the Lord of the worlds" ?
I don't quite remember who said this. But eventhough the phrase sounds kinda beautiful, is there any Quranic verses to back this up? Also does anyone knows from who this quote is?
To me the phrase above, rather the essence of it, can be interpreted in different ways, like for example what would "joy" mean in this context? Is this similar to the "joy" that appears when we are always asking for "forgiveness" from Allah?
To help clarify, I can identity at least 3 possible different sources where the "joy" in this context might come from:
1) When we do an activity with all our heart, focus and mind (lets say painting for example) we might get so focus while doing it that nothing else distracts us from it, AS IF we are really "enjoying" it. That's why some painters like to say that painting is like a form of meditation to them, because they become so focus when they paint. The concept could also be applied to dua as well. This is one type of "joy" that I know.
2) Another source of "joy" is the joy that appears when you realize that you were able to bring "yourself" (your ego) to follow the command of Allah SWT (which is in this case: to turn to Him for your needs) by asking for His help and protection with all your heart and soul. When you realize this, that you were still able to bring yourself to patiently endure your hope & dreams by asking dua to Him while still believing that He might one day answer your dua, you feel gladness and joy that you were still able to believe in Him.
3) The third source of "joy" related to this is the joy that appears when, eventhough Allah SWT still haven't fullfilled your particular exact Dua, He still gives and increases you in blessings from where you did NOT expect Before (meaning the blessings might or may not be related to your dua but you were still given them anyways) which when you are given (the blessings), it increases you in some form of benefit which you would still want eventhough previously you never even though about asking for it. Thus making you happy because it still benefited you in a way (otherwise it wouldn't be called "blessings"). Even if it is not what you "were" hoping for, you still find it beneficial for you ( you still want it). Thus creating "joys" from many directions while still patiently waiting for the reply of your actual dua, making it a somewhat less painful ...and perhaps a more enjoyful "journey" towards an even more enjoyful "end".