Have you been asking Allah for something, making duaa for it everyday and yet you seem to have no response? Do you feel that your duaa is not being answered? No matter how often you make it, day in and day out, still there are no results ? If yes, then read on.
First and foremost what we need to bear in mind is the aspect of patience. If you make some duaa today and expect the results by tomorrow, having no patience at all, then you don’t have the right attitude for duaa. One must always be patient, in all aspects of our living. That is more pleasing to Him swt.
“The invocation of any one of you is granted [by Allah] as long as he does not show impatience by saying “I have invoked Allah but my request has not been answered.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim)
The Prophet (pbuh) said, the duaa of any worshiper will be responded to as long as he is not hasty and impatient. There it is, the guarantee that your duaa will be answered. You just need to be persistent and patient. Make duaa consistently and be patient about it, Allah is All Hearer, He swt knows what you want and what is the right time to give it to you 🙂
2. Being heedless while making duaa
If you have been making duaa, all this time , without a soul, mindlessly repeating your words, then there is a fair chance, that your duaa will not be answered. While making duaa, you should be thinking about every word that you are saying, being there in heart and presence, by truly meaning it. Not just saying them, while your mind if off elsewhere. Parroting the memorized words while your heart is somewhere else, that is not the proper etiquette of making duaa. Narrated Abu Hurairah,that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,
“Call upon Allah while being certain of being answered, and know that Allah does not respond to a supplication from the heart of one heedless and occupied by play.” (Tirmidhi 3479)
3. Indulging in what is Haraam
“Invoke your lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors.” (Surah Al-Araf; 7:55)
One of the major reasons why your duaa is not being accepted and answered is that you might be involved in something haraam. You might have done or are doing something that Allah has forbidden. Accumulating haraam wealth, be it food, drink, clothing, house, a haraam job, anything that has been clearly forbidden by Allah swt, can stop your duaa from being accepted. Hence, if your prayers are not being answered, you might want to stop and check your self, to contemplate what is happening in your life. Then turning back to Allah for forgiveness in sincerity, would be more than enough, as He swt says,
“And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah an-Nisa; 4:110)
4. Making a weak or unacceptable duaa
Another reason for your duaa not being accepted is the very duaa you are making. If the duaa is weak in itself, being inappropriate, seeking harm for others, or it is asking for something that is sinful and haraam, then your duaa will not be answered.
The Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) said: “A person’s duaa’s will continue to be answered so long as he does not pray for something sinful or for the breaking of family ties.” Narrated by Muslim.
5. Not having Tawakkul on Allah
Be form in your belief that your duaa will be answered. Ask with confidence; be humble yet confident that Allah will grant you what you are seeking. Remember nothing is Impossible for your Creator. For Him swt it is, ” Be. And It is!”. Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah(pbuh) said,
“When someone of you prays, let him not say, ‘O Allah forgive me if that is Your wish.’ But let him be firm in conviction and cherish a great hope and Allah does not consider anything too great which He is able to grant.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
We are all weak and fumble every now and then. We need to remind ourselves that Allah swt is Al-Wadud, the Loving. He Swt loves us and accepts us more warmly when we turn back to Him, after erring or sinning.
“And declare the freedom of your Rubb from imperfection beginning with His praise, and ask His forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives.” (Surah An-Nasr; 110:3)
If you are pure of whatever reasons are mentioned above and are sticking to the proper etiquette of making duaa and still your duaa is not answered. Then I want to remind you that Allah Swt answers all the prayers, all the adiyaa that you make. The answers might be in various forms, that you might or might not be able to perceive. The beloved Prophet (pbuh) said,
“Any Muslim who supplicates to Allah in a Du’a which contains no sin breaking of kinship, Allah will give him one of three things: either his Du`a will be immediately answered or, it will be saved for him in the hereafter, or it will turn away an equivalent amount of evil (from him)” The companions said “so we will ask for more” he replied, “Allah is more [generous].”
So there you are, make as much duaa as you like. For us, it is a win-win situation. When you make duaa, any of the three things will happen:
1. Your duaa will be answered here and you are granted whatever you wanted. 🙂
2. Your duaa might be wrestling a calamity off you, turning some greater evil away from you and protecting you. 🙂 🙂
3. Your duaa is reserved and will be granted to you in the Hereafter. 🙂 🙂 🙂
May Allah swt in His Mercy and Love accept our duaa, our supplications, those which are good for us in our deen, our duniya and for our aakhira. May Allah swt purify our hearts of all the sins that have stained it, remove its hardness and heedlessness and turn it towards Him. May He swt distance us from all the things and sins that are keeping our duaa’s from not being answered by Allah swt. Ameen.