And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am near; I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way. (Qur’an 2:186)
Over the last couple months, we have learned about what Duaa is, the merits of making it regularly with humility and sincerity, and basic duaa etiquette based on the Qur’an and Sunnah. In this article, we are going to look at some of the reasons that our Duaa is not answered.
First of all, do not despair if your duaa is not answered right away. Allah has heard your prayer. A simple explanation for why your duaa is not being answered is that it is not yet the right time. Bear in mind that it may never be the right time for what you have asked for. Faith is knowing that Allah will only do what is best for you, whether or not your realize it. This is called Tawakkul, or reliance on Allah, and like anything, it takes time and cultivation to perfect this aspect of our faith. When we have done well with this on a continuous basis, we come to fully understand the wisdom of submitting to Qadr, one of the six Islamic articles of faith.
“…And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (65:3)
“…Rely upon the Ever-Living who does not die…” (25:58)
“Know you not that Allah knows all that is in the heaven and on the earth? Verily, it is (all) in the Book (Al‑Lawh Al‑Mahfooz). Verily, that is easy for Allah” (22:70)
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The du’aa’ of any one of you will be answered so long as he is not impatient and says, ‘I made du’aa’ but it was not answered.’” (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)
Other reasons that your duaa might not be answered in a timely fashion or at all:
- The duaa is weak or inappropriate. It may be asking Allah for something which is not permissible. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A person’s du’aa’s will continue to be answered so long as he does not pray for something sinful or for the breaking of family ties.” (Sahih Muslim)
- The person making duaa is weak in making duaa. He/she might do inappropriate things while lacking a conviction in the duaa such as: raising their voice unnecessarily, making the duaa phrases too ornate, reciting without feeling the meaning of the duaa and so forth.
- The person may be engaged in haraam activities continuously and without repentance.
O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful) foods which Allaah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits)] and do righteous deeds. Verily, I am Well-Acquainted with what you do’ [23:51]
- The person made the duaa conditional. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Let not any one of you say, ‘O Allah, forgive me if You will, O Allah, have mercy on me if You will.’ Let him be resolute in the matter, whilst knowing that no one can compel Allaah to do anything.” (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)
- The response might take different forms, sometimes even than we are able to understand. Be patient and hold fast to your faith, for Allah will not forsake you.