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Allah (SWT) has promised in Quran to respond to the Du'a (supplication) and there is no Du'a with out response. (Your Lord said: Seek from me, I will respond to you) وقال ربكم ادعوني أستجب لكم(Sura 40, verse 60). 

We do not know how and when the respond will come. Allah (SWT) knows the best time and best way to respond to any Du'a. Our expectations are according to what we know, but Allah (SWT) knows everything and He is The Most Merciful, The Absolute Wise, so we should leave it to Him. Our mercy on the oppressed can never be more than Allah's mercy on them. He will definitely compensate  them in the best way in the best time. 
'Wassalam.

Bismilla

Thank you for your question. Both well being and difficulty are types of ordeal that a person is tested with, in the same way that wealth and poverty are both tests but in different ways. While difficulties require patience, well being requires thankfulness (which means not only being thankful with the tongue but using their opportunities to fulfill the goals Gid has set out for a human). Those that do fulfill this responsibility will be rightly rewarded in the next life, in the same way that those who are patient through their trials will be rewarded.

The difference in trial is decided by God, who will only put a believer in the best situation for their progression. Fairness here is not that everyone has the same trial, but that everyone is given the best opportunity according to their constitution. A person tested with difficulty may succeed where they would have failed with ease, and vice verca. However, what is more usual in life is that people are tested with a variety of circumstances some of which are difficult and some of which are easy. A person that has no difficulty in life whatsoever is perhaps one who is lead astray, as another function of well being is to distract those with a bad end.

For a deeper look into the philosophy of trial please see these podcasts:

https://anchor.fm/zoheir-ali-esmail/episodes/Episode-75-51-261-263-Ordeals-part-1-of-3-eb0tbj

https://anchor.fm/zoheir-ali-esmail/episodes/Episode-76-51-264-268-Ordeals-part-2-of-3-eb29it

https://anchor.fm/zoheir-ali-esmail/episodes/Episode-77-51-269-276-Ordeals-part-3-of-3-eb3rb7

May you always be successful 

I will leave this for someone else to answer fully but I just wanted to point out that the grass is always greener on the other side, sometimes some people seem to be enjoying themselves a lot or to "have it all" but in fact they are very unhappy. For instance, there are some people who are exceedingly rich but suffer from drug addiction, loneliness, family breakdown, etc. Does their wealth help them to avoid suffering from poverty? Certainly. Does it bring them full happiness beyond that? Not in and of itself; once a person's basic needs are met, happiness comes from other things. 

There are "religious" people who are happy, "religious" people who are unhappy, non-religious people who are happy, non-religious people who are unhappy, etc. It is true that the Muslim world is having a particularly difficult time these days (due to the global economic/political arrangement) but this is something new and not the same throughout time relating to being religious or not. 

While it is certainly possible for a practising Muslim to be in a very difficult situation, at least, adhering to shariah will help avoid certain things that can make life worse, such as suffering from alcoholism (inshallah at least it is avoided). Also, faith is usually a resource that people draw on in times of difficulty. 

Also it is true that it can be difficult to be a minority, and so being a practising Muslim in a country where you are a minority can add certain stresses, at the same time there are usually some advantages you get from that that others lack even if it seems like everyone else is having an easier time because they don't have to worry about prejudice, etc. 

Also there is a difference between being religious in name versus in ethics and principles. Some people call themselves "religious" because they do the outer aspects of Islam (such as reciting prayers on time or fasting) but they do not embrace the ethics and ideals of the Prophet (S), such as kindness, compassion, generosity, humility, forgiveness, standing up for justice, contributing to society, bravery, etc. Generally those values are what make individuals and the people around them happy. Of course one should embrace both the outer aspects of Islam and the ethical or inner aspects. 

As for complaining to Allah... it doesn't affect Allah if we complain to Allah. Even if, say, you are fishing and not catching enough fish, and you stand in front of the ocean and complain to the ocean, it doesn't affect the ocean, because the ocean is giant and you are not. And Allah is vaster than the ocean. However it is not healthy for ourselves to be angry at Allah for a long time. Still it is fine and even good to tell Allah that you are having a difficult time or are in pain or are suffering or feel lack and in need of a change. Sometimes Allah just wants us to ask!

Anyway everyone goes through hard times, particularly right now a lot of people are going through tough times, I hope things get better for you if you are having a difficult time. After every winter, there is a spring!

The hardships and tests we face - God willing - refine us not only as human beings but increase our spiritual understanding and capacity to behold the divine. This is one reason why human being agreed to accept the responsibility of free will - with it comes a risk (hellfire) but also great potential.

Ideally the main goal of the material existence (as I understand it) is for human beings to deepen their inherent spiritual understanding as much as possible. A child and an adult may both go to jannah; however, depending on their experiences (as not everyone grows throughout a long lifespan), they may end up with a different inherent capacity to perceive the divine there. (One might equate that with "higher in jennah")