This is an important question that may have crossed your mind recently, especially since the holy month of Ramadan has come to an end. Some of us might be feeling as though Allah hasn’t listened to our supplications or is angry with us because our prayers haven’t become reality, but this is simply not true.
It can be hard to find hope when you can’t physically show for it, and sometimes it can be draining to find the energy to continue, but here’s some simple advice to help keep you going.
Allah Wants to Listen to You
Oftentimes, we may be forgetting who we are speaking to.
When we raise our hands to the heavens, we aren’t raising them to a harsh Lord, but to a protecting friend, Al-Waliyy. We might find it difficult to express our exact thoughts and feelings to mere mortals, maybe even to ourselves sometimes, but there is comfort in reaching out to the One who already knows of our pain and still wants us to talk to him.
“Whoever draws close to Me by the length of a hand, I will draw close to him by the length of an arm. Whoever draws close to Me the by length of an arm, I will draw close to him by the length of a fathom. Whoever comes to Me walking, I will come to him running.” [Muslim]
So the next time you raise your hands, know that the Creator of all existence refuses to leave them empty. When you knock sincerely on the door of the Most Loving, know that there was no door there to begin with.
You are never and will never be a stranger to Allah.
Allah’s Mercy > Our Plans
As hard as it can be to accept this, sometimes what we are asking of Allah may not be good for us in the long term. It is possible that it because of His mercy, He is protecting us from something that we may not even know about.
Allah is not only generous and kind, but He is also the most Merciful, which doesn’t mean that he will give us everything we want, rather is guiding us to what’s better for us in this life and the next.
This doesn’t mean that we should give up on our supplications. Instead, let’s choose to be content with the idea that whatever Allah has willed to happen will be the best possible outcome.
It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“There is no Muslim who calls upon Allah with words in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allah will give him one of three things:
- He will answer his prayer soon
- He will store it up for him in the Hereafter
- He will remove something bad from him that is equivalent to what he is asking for.
They said, ‘Then we should make a great amount of du’aa’.’
He said, ‘Allah is greater.'”
As we all know, patience is a virtue and the real test of character. We should remember not to be hasty when making our supplication as the Prophet (PBUH) says:
“The Dua of any one of you will be answered so long as he is not hasty in seeking a response and does not say, ‘I prayed but I have not had a response.’”
Sometimes our supplication may take days, months and even years to be answered but the main thing is that we should never give up hope just because we didn’t get an instant response!
A Lesson from the Qu’ran
The prophets went through severe trials during their time and were tested by things that we can’t even begin to imagine. Some even waited their whole lives for their prayers to be answered.
Let’s recall the story of Yusuf (AS). His father, Yaqub (AS) became blind from his severe anguish of losing his beloved son who he thought was dead. He (AS) kept the same reverence, hope, and trust that his prayers will not go unanswered and continued to ask Allah (SWT) with the same confidence irrespective of what his other sons thought was impossible.
“They said, “By Allah! You will not cease to remember Joseph until you lose your health or ˹even˺ your life.” He replied, I complain of my anguish and sorrow only to Allah, and I know from Allah what you do not know.” (Qur’an 12:85-86)
And it was years after when he was given his sight back and was also reunited with his son.
We may feel that we aren’t good enough and that’s why Allah isn’t answering our prayers. But its actually the opposite! When you are feeling down that the test is hard, remember that Allah knows you are worthy enough to tread the path that the Prophets (May Peace be on them All) have paved for us.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “When Allah desires good for someone, He tries him with hardships.” [Bukhari]
With Hardship There Is Ease
Many times we forget that Allah will never burden our souls more than their capacity and no matter what trial or difficulty He may test us with, know that He promises us to ease in our struggle not once but twice.
“Where there is hardship there is also ease; Truly where there is hardship there is also ease” (Quran 94:5)
Sometimes, we need that reassurance and who better to get this from than the Creator Himself?
So despite how you may be feeling about the timing of your prayers, be patient and all will be answered accordingly. May you be steadfast in your devotion.