Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Do not despair if it appears your du’aa is not answered.


Make Dua and Expect it to be Answered

O Allah, send peace and blessings upon our The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), his companions,
And his family and all those who follow them in righteousness till the Day of Reckoning. Ameen

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) is closer to the Believers than their own blood relations

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says: “And when my slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them) I am indeed near.
I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me.
So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” (2: 186)

And He, in His infinite Mercy, also says: “Who else is there that responds to the call of the one in distress when he calls out, and He removes evil from him? ...Is there any other God besides Allah? Little is it that you remember!” (27:62)

With such statements from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) in the Quran why is it then that people think that their dua has not been heard?
 Why do people become angry and frustrated that nothing seems to be happening, after they have made dua countless times?
Why do people find themselves losing hope and faith in their Creator (Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)?
Know Muslim brothers and sisters, that every supplication, even if it be small, will reach Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
One should not consider it improper to make dua for things they may consider to be insignificant, because by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), even such things which are significant, great and valuable to us are insignificant in His Gaze.
We tend to think that our dua is accepted if we receive exactly what we ask for and when we do not receive what we asked for we feel like our dua has been rejected.
 In reality, there are various ways in which our dua can be considered “accepted”.

The Prophet Muhammad  (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)said: “Any Muslim who makes a supplication containing nothing that is sinful and nothing that involves breaking ties of blood relationships, will be given for it by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD one of these three things:
  He may accept his request, or assign its reward for him in the next world, or turn away from him an equivalent amount of evil.”
What we need to keep in mind however, is that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD does not answer dua in some circumstances:
About the issue of Dua’s being accepted, the following two sayings by The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) are also very noteworthy:

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) heard a man making dua after his prayer, but he did not send blessings upon The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “This man is in a hurry.” Then he called him and said to him or to someone else:
 “When any one of you has finished praying (and makes dua), let him start by praising Allah, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), then after that let him ask for whatever he wants.

    The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The slave will receive a response so long as his dua does not involve sin or severing of family ties, and so long as he is not hasty.
  ” It was said, “What does being hasty mean?” He said: “When he says, ‘I made dua and I made dua, and I have not seen any response,’ and he gets frustrated and stops making dua.” Narrated by al-Bukhari, 6340; Muslim, 2735.
   
Praying to other than Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):

    Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said: “And the places of worship are for Allah (alone): So invoke not anyone along with Allah (72:18). He (SWT) also says, “So invoke not with Allah another god lest you should be among those who receive punishment.” (26:213)
    Hastiness in Dua:

    Subhanallah! We make dua and expect it to be answered the next morning, at the latest. We should be patient when making dua to be answered. The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Your supplication will be answered if you are not impatient, and if you do not say, ‘I supplicated but my supplication was not heard.’” (Malik)

    The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The supplication of a slave continues to be granted as long as he does not supplicate for a sinful thing or for something that would cut off the ties of kinship and he does not grow impatient.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah! What does growing impatient mean?”
He (The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) said, “It is one's saying: ‘I supplicated again and again but I do not think that my prayer will be answered.’ Then he becomes frustrated (in such circumstances) and gives up supplication altogether.”

    This shows that Dua should be continuous, and that we should avoid giving up our Dua because it has not been responded to at a time that we see fit. For Allah (SWT) is The Wise and we know that no Dua is ever wasted! This does not mean however, that we cannot pray that our Dua be answered quickly, for it has been narrated that The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) prayed for rain and said "quickly, and not delayed." (Ibn Majah)
   
Supplication involving cutting of the ties of kinship:

       Impurity of one’s sustenance:

    Allah (SWT) said: “O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you…” (2:172). It is important that one’s income be lawful and free from interest as the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) said, “Make wholesome your earning, Allah will accept your Dua.” The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) made mention of a person who travels widely, his hair disheveled, and covered with dust. “He lifts his hands and makes supplication, ‘O Lord, O Lord,’ but his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothes are unlawful, and his nourishment is unlawful. How then can his supplication be accepted?” (Muslim and Ahmad)
    Not being assertive on what he asks for:

    Abu Hurairah reported that The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), said, “None of you should say, ‘O Allah, forgive me if you wish, (or) O Allah; have mercy on me if you wish.’ Rather you should be firm in your request, for (Allah does whatever He wishes) and no one can force Him to do otherwise.”
    Neither enjoins good nor forbids evil:

    The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my life is, you either enjoin good and forbid evil, or Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will certainly soon send His punishment to you.
Then you will make supplication and it will not be accepted.”
   
Not praying with humility and submissiveness:

   Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said: “So call you upon (or invoke) Allah with sincere devotion to Him (Alone)…” (40:14) The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Make dua to Allah in a state that you are certain that your dua will be responded to, and know that Allah does not respond to a dua that originates from a negligent, inattentive heart”
It is the one who prays with no humility and submissiveness, whose heart is negligent and inattentive.
    Striving actively to change one first:

    Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said: “…Verily, Allah will not change the (good) conditions of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)” (13:11)
    So the next time you think that your dua hasn’t been answered and you want to give up think again and keep trying because Allah is always near.

    “And Your Lord said: Call on Me, I will answer you” (40:60)

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) DOES answer our du’aa, but not always in the way we are expecting.
First of all, NONE of us "does everything right".
We all fall short so perhaps you should honestly reevaluate yourself to see where you can improve -
I advise myself before I advise you because I know I have areas where I can improve.
So, let's say you are basically mash’Allah a really good Muslim and you are doing your duty to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and your family, etc.
When you make a du’aa, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) may answer your du’aa immediately, or He may delay answering your du’aa in order to help you learn patience, so do not despair.
Also, what you are asking for may not be actually good for you in this world or the Hereafter, so Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) may not grant you what you are asking for, but will substitute something better instead.
 For instance, what about a student who makes du’aa to go to a certain university?
She doesn't get in, but the school she goes to turns out to be much better for her.
 And she is very successful due to the schooling and contacts she would not have made had her initial du’aa been answered.
Also, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) may take away some sins for you instead of giving what you asked for in du’aa, thus averting punishment in this world or the next.
 Or, He may be storing up your rewards for you in Jannah, rather than giving them to you in this world. This is what we see with many good people who live what we would call miserable lives. They believe in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and are tested in this world, but they will have the highest stage in Jannah for their faith and endurance.

       Best times for Dua:
       1. The Last Third of the Night
Abu Hurairah (Radiyallaahu) anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) said: 'in the last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) descends to the lowermost heaven and says; "Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?"' [Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi]

Amr ibn Abash narrated that The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: 'The closest any worshipper can be to His Lord is during the last part of the night, so if you can be amongst those who remember Allah at that time, then do so.
2. Late at night
When people are sleeping and busy with worldly pleasures Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) gives the believers an opportunity, or an answer hour if they can fight sleep and invoke Allah (SWT) for whatever they need. The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: 'There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given it, and this (occurs) every night.'
[Muslim No. 757]

3. between Adhan and Iqamah
Anas (Radiyallaahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: 'A supplication made between the Adhan and Iqamah is not rejected.'
[Ahmad,

4. An Hour on Friday
Narrated Abu Hurairah ((Radiyallaahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) talked about Friday and said: 'There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salat (prayer) and asks something from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), then Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)) will definitely meet his demand.' And he (The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands.[Sahih al-Bukhari]

Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer’s leader) enters the mosque on Friday’s prayer until the prayer is over (i.e. between the two khutba), whereas others have said that it is the last hour of the day (i.e. after the ASR prayer until the Maghrib prayer).

5. While Drinking Zamzam Water
Jabber (Radiyallaahu anhu narrated that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Messenger (The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) said: 'Zamzam water is for what it is drunk for.' [Ahmad 3: 357]. This means that when you drink Zamzam water you may ask Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) for anything you like to gain or benefit from this water such as healing from illness.... etc.

6. While Prostrating
Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), said: 'the nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so invoke (supplicate) Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) much in it. [Muslim,]

When a Muslim is in his Salat (prayer) he is facing Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and when he prostrates he is the nearest he can be to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) so it is best to invoke Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) at this time. It is said that while in prostration, one should not ask for worldly needs (i.e. a nice car, a new job, etc), but for the Hereafter.

7. When Waking Up at Night
Narrated Ubaydah Bin as-Samit that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Messenger (The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: 'Whoever wakes up at night and says La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shrika lahu lahul-mulku, WA Lahul hamdu, WA huwa ala kulli shai'in Qadir. Alhamdu lillaahi, wa Subhaanallahi wa la ilaha illallahu, wallaahu Akbar, wa la hawla Wala quwwata illaa billah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) He is the only one who has no partners.
His is the kingdom and all the praises are for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
All the glories are for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and none has the right to be worshipped but Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)
And Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is the most Great and there is neither might nor power except with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and then says Allahumma Ghâfir li (O Allah! Forgive me) or invokes Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), he will be responded to and if he makes ablution and performs Salat (prayer), his Salat (prayer) will be accepted. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

8. at the End of the Obligatory Salat:
Narrated Abu Omama (Radiyallaahu anhu: that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) was asked, O Messenger of Allah, which supplication is heard (by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), he said the end of the night and at the end of the obligatory Salat (prayer) [at-Tirmidhi]. This time is after saying 'At-Tahiyyat’, and before making Taslim (finishing prayer)

9. The Night of 'Qadr' (Decree)
This night is the greatest night of the year. This is the night which the almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said about it, "The night of Al-Qadar (Decree) is better than a thousand months." [Surah al-Qadr, 97: 3]

The Night of Decree is one of the odd nights of the last ten nights of the blessed month of Ramadan. The angels descend down to the earth, and the earth is overwhelmed with peace and serenity until the break of dawn and when he doors of Paradise are opened, the worshipper is encouraged to turn to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to ask for his needs for this world and the Hereafter.

10. during the Rain
Narrated Saheel Ibn Sa'ad (Radiyallaahu anhu) : that the Messenger of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) (SAW) said: 'Two will not be rejected, Supplication when the Adhan (call of prayer) is being called, and at the time of the rain'. [Ibn Majah]

'Seek the response to your Dua’s when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls' [reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahih No. 1469]. The time of the rain is a time of mercy from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) so; one should take advantage of this time when Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is having mercy on His slaves.

11. at the Adhan
'Seek the response to your Dua’s when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls' [reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahih No. 1469]

12. The One Who Is Suffering Injustice and Oppressions
The Messenger of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said to Mua'ad Ibn Jabal (Radiyallaahu anhu, 'Beware of the supplication of the unjustly treated, because there is no shelter or veil between it (the supplication of the one who is suffering injustice) and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)' [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) declared, 'three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the one who is oppressed.'[Ahmad]

In another hadith; The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) declared: 'three Dua’s are surely answered: The du’aa of the oppressed, the du’aa of the traveler, and the du’aa of the father/mother (upon their child)'.
The One who is suffering injustice is heard by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) when he invokes Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to retain his rights from the unjust one or oppressor. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has sworn to help the one who is suffering from injustice sooner or later as The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said.

146. 'U'eethukumaa bikalimaatil-laahit-taammati min kulli shaytaanin wa haammatin, wa min kulli 'aynin laammatin.
I seek protection for you in the Perfect Words of Allah from every devil and every beast, and from every envious blameworthy eye. - . [Sahih al-Bukhari]


Do not despair if it appears your du’aa is not answered.
Continue to have faith and patience and be content with what Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has written for you.
Remember that this world is a place of testing and the real goal in Jannah.
May Allah grant you the highest station of Jannah al-Firdous, Ameen?

May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
And Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) knows best.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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2 comments:

bosnishmuslima said...

Just wanted to add the dua on Arafat on the day of Arafat is also one which won't be rejected.
Jazakallah Khair

mishkash said...

bosnishmuslima .Jazakallah Khair for Arafat Dua.I pray Allah SWT grant you Jannah.Amen