Why Prayers are not Answered

Ibrahim ibn Adham was once asked “Why is it that when we make dua(supplication), we aren’t answered, while Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says ‘Ask me and I will answer you!’ (Quran 40:60)?” 

He replied “It’s because your hearts are dead.” When they asked about what killed their hearts, he mentioned eight attributes:

1. You know the rights of Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) but you don’t give them to Him.

2. You read the Qur’an but you don’t apply its limits.

3. You love the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) but have left his sunnah.

4. You fear death but don’t prepare for it.

5. Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) has warned you that the devil is your enemy : ‘Verily the shaytan is an enemy to you so take him as an enemy[Quran(35:6)].’ Yet you join him in disobedience to Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala).

6. You fear Hell but you destroy your bodies in it.

7. You love paradise yet you work not for it.

8. When you rise from your beds you throw your bad qualities behind your back and spread the bad qualities of others in front of your eyes and get busy with them. 

So you arouse Allah’s (subhanahu wa ta'ala) anger and then wonder why your prayers aren’t answered!

If we are disobeying Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala), how can we expect that our supplications get answered by Him ? 

Remember, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) did not created us aimlessly, and in Quran, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says, Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you (mankind) would not be returned?" {23:115}

It was for a purpose. And also Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) does not benefit from our good deeds; it is we ourselves who benefit. And likewise, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) is not harmed in any way by our wicked ways; it is we ourselves who face the consequences of our actions. There can be no meaningful life better than that prescribed by our Creator, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) and by following His commandments our supplications will be answered.

May Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) guide us all to straight path, and grant us Aljannah Firdaws.

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