Frustrating isn’t it? You pray and you pray. You make long duas and just pour your heart out. You beg and you plead to Allah to give you something or remove some harm from you.

But no matter how hard you supplicate, your duas just don’t seem to get answered. And you have no idea why.

Let me first put your mind at ease by letting you know that Allah hears everything you say, and He knows everything you desire. But look at the last part of that verse. Allah commands us to respond to Him and Believe in Him.

Are you doing that? Have you responded to Allah and His messenger (peace be upon him)? Is your belief (imaan) complete?

Perhaps you’re lacking in a few areas. Or perhaps it’s something even deeper than that. Let’s look at a few reasons that might be holding your duas up.

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1. You Aren’t Doing Your Part.

This might be the most obvious problem. You want Allah to give you this and give you that, but you aren’t giving Him anything in return.

I’m sure you understand that Allah punishes us for the wrong we do. That punishment is not just in the hereafter; it can also happen in this life. Neglecting the 5 pillars of Islam is sinful and will earn Allah’s punishment.

2. You Are Impatient.

You just couldn’t wait could you? You asked Allah for something over and over again, and when you didn’t get it when you wanted it, you got impatient.

And so you gave up. You stopped asking and started believing that Allah wasn’t going to answer your dua. And then you went and told someone that Allah didn’t answer your prayers.

Your knowledge is limited. But Allah’s knowledge is unlimited. You might think you want something right now, but Allah knows better when it is right to give it to you. But since you became impatient, and said the wrong thing and stopped making dua, you lost out on everything.

3. You Ask For Something Evil.

Why would anyone ask Allah for something bad? Is that what you did? Did you ask Allah for something that would bring you sin?

  • Did you ask Him to give you a girlfriend or boyfriend?
  • Did you ask Him to to give you a Riba-based loan so you could buy a house or car?
  • Did you ask Him to bring you income from a job that sells pork or alcohol?

Well if you did, now you know why He didn’t answer your supplication.

4. You Don’t Think You’re Gonna Get It.

Impossible and possible is all in your mind. Just because you don’t think it can happen, doesn’t mean it won’t. And it certainly doesn’t mean Allah can’t make it happen.

Don’t make half-hearted duas. Make your duas with confidence that Allah will grant them. Especially if you’re asking for something good and beneficial.

Abu Huraira reported: “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.”

5. You Are Involved In Too Much Evil.

“O people, Allah is Good and He, therefore, accepts only that which is good. And Allah commanded the believers as He commanded the Messengers by saying, ‘O Messengers, eat of the good things, and do good deeds; verily I am aware of what you do,’ (23.51) and He said: ‘O those who believe, eat of the good things that We gave you’.” (2.172) The Prophet (peace be upon him) then 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?“

Narrated in Muslim.

There’s a Hadith in which it is mentioned, to the nearest meaning, that no prayer of a Muslim goes unanswered. one of three things happens:

1) The person gets what they want.
2) A calamity is removed from that person’s life instead.
3) The du’a is saved as a treasure in the hereafter. [Your insurance :)]

Not a single prayer of a Muslim goes unanswered. Either Allah will give us what we want, or He’ll remove a calamity from our path instead, or He’ll save it for us in Jannah [our insurance]. Whatever the outcome, we’re not at a loss, because He knows what’s best for us.

Allah says: But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not (Surah Baqarah, 2:216)

One final point – Often times, our prayers are not answered because we are engaged in sin and forbidden acts. If we are engaged in forbidden actions, we cannot expect Allah to answer our prayers.

In Sha Allah, I hope this serves as a reminder for both you and me on what it takes to come closer to Allah and have our duas answered. Ameen

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23 Responses to Reasons Why Your Prayers Aren’t Answered

  1. Akeem Yussuf says:

    I am really impress…I think my 1 part of this article has not been observe duly…So my faith is going to increase more.

  2. Adamz says:

    Jazakallahu khairan

  3. Salamatu A Abdulrahman says:

    Jazakallahu khairan,pls more lecturs on Ramadan

  4. Amna Farooq says:

    yess.. sure !!!! keep visiting our blog, you would definitely find much more. IN SHA ALLAH.
    more over , we are also conducting online seminar or a lecture on ramadan , pretty soon IN SHA ALLAH…
    keep in touch, join our face book page, you would get updates about online seminar ( it would be free to join).

  5. khadijat Abdullahi says:

    SALAM,JAZAKALLAHU

  6. Name says:

    Asalamaleykum thank you very much for a great information I pray for all muslim brothers and sisters may Allah grant their duas and may He guide us to the right path and may He make us strong,stronger and strongest in our deen and brings us closer to Him (Allah) and his messenger Prophet Muhammad pbuh ameen .

  7. Sadeka says:

    I,m working in a restuarent, thee is no alcoholic products but they sell some pork item,my question,is my income is halal?

  8. Bukar Kime Yobe says:

    A beneficial article

  9. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Shukran Bukar 🙂

  10. Masood says:

    Assalamualaikum to all,

    masha allah very good information to made my eyes and heart open because i think i m hasty because i read surah bakhra, surah fath, surah waqiah, surah yaseen, surah mulk, surah sajda, surah ar rahman, every day and ask dua but my supplication for the job is not getting acceptable and i got furstrated after reading this message insha allah i should be patience and should belive allah will hear the supplication soon ameen

  11. Sidra Kaukab says:

    MAY ALLAH HELP YOU AND EVERYONE BROTHER, MAY OUR PRAYERS GET ACCEPTED AMEEN

  12. Momo says:

    AsalaamOAlkium, Sisters and Brothers. I was born deaf. I got cochlear implant 4 months ago. I learn how to speak. I strongly beg Allah to give me what I need for 10 years. Now My duas are not answered. I don’t understand why Allah can’t answers my dua. Why Allah made me my deafness. I really hate my deafness myself. People think my deafness is not worth. I am depressed and hurtful for 10 years. I started to stop pray to Allah. Then Allah is angry with me now?

  13. Amna Farooq says:

    @Momo
    wa alikum slaam and lots of prayers for sweet momina 🙂
    since when people got so much importance in your life momo ? you just have to keep your path straight and have trust in your LORD ! never ever hate your self ! some times it just apparently seems that our duas are not being answered, while there are soooooooooooooo many hidden things ALLAH subahana hu wa tala has been setting well for us, just because of our duas 🙂
    HEhas tested you with deafness only dear 🙂 there are people in world who are deaf and can’t speak too ! who have multiple disabilities ! there are people who are fighting too much painful disease ! you are healthy MA SHA ALLAH ! there is so so so much to thank about momina ! so much !
    why donot we focus on them.
    and let me tell you 🙂 the ones whom ALLAH chose to test are the ones HE loves. ALLAH is never ever injust, in one way or other, HE is compensating your deafness. you now dear sister, you have sensational powers a lot more than the normal humans who can hear… 🙂
    just be happy with your LORD, put your trust on HIM 🙂 HE listens 🙂 for sure HE listens !

  14. mohamed hussein says:

    mashallah thats is very beneficial to us muslims at large becouse we know dua is the backbone of our cibaadhah to writer may allah add for you in your mizan in tomorows world

  15. Saifuzzaman says:

    Al – Hamdulillah ! and Thank’s thos for showing us the best way to make dua.

  16. Hassan says:

    Thank you!!!! You don’t know how much this helped me!!!!!!

  17. Sidra Kaukab says:

    May Allah be with you Hassan! 🙂
    keep visiting us for more good stuff.

  18. konica says:

    Sometimes it’s really hard …to stay in patients…….. After knowing every positive thoughts or anything… Maybe I can understand but my mind is n’t ready to accept anything….. It’s just make me more helpless more frustrate………

  19. Amna Farooq says:

    @konica
    its hard to be patient always, thats why patients is rewarded so highly that ALLAH considers patient people as HIS companions. ALLAH IS WITH PATIENT.
    stay strong. keep visiting us.

  20. Mehroz says:

    Thankyou so much to Quran classes to give this article May Allah accept your prayers and please pray for me

  21. Ayesha says:

    Hope should not increase with good deeds and decrease with sin. This indicates a dependence on the deeds, instead of Allah. Allah even answers the prayers of non Muslims !

  22. Amna Farooq says:

    @ayesha
    thank you for your valuable comment. keep visiting us.

  23. Amna Farooq says:

    @mehroz
    welcome mehroz ! well wishes from our side, keep visiting us.

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