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Why a Dua doesn’t get answered?

Sometimes our du’as are not answered. Some of those reasons eventually become obvious to us with the passage of time and some don’t. However, as Muslims we should understand the reasons to help us better cope with situations when our Du’as are not being answered. This can help us influence factors that are under our direct control.

We know from Quran and Hadith the many reasons behind du’as not being accepted. Some of them are the following:

  • The Dua that a person is asking may not be good for the person but that person may not know the reasons yet;
  • A persons’ sins may be in the way of accepting Duas;
  • A person earns his living through unlawful means (haraam means);
  • A person may be asking for forbidden or sinful items;

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In the Quran, Allah says: “And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you” [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:216]

According to a hadith of the Prophet (SAW): “There is no Muslim who calls upon his Lord with a dua in which there is no sin or severing of family ties, but Allah will give him one of three things: Either He will answer his prayer quickly, or He will store (the reward for) it in the Hereafter, or He will divert an equivalent evil away from him.” They said: “We will say more dua.” He said: “Allah’s bounty is greater.” [Narrated by Ahmad, 10749; Al-Tirmidhi, 3573. Classed as Saheeh by Al-Albaani in Mishkaat Al-Masaabeeh, 2199]

On a related note, Umm Salamah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say:

“There is no calamity that befalls one of the Muslims and he responds by saying ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilahi raaji’oon, Allahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha (Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return; O Allah, reward me in this calamity and compensate me with something better than it),’ but Allah will compensate him with something better than it.” [Narrated by Muslim, 918]

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Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

Whatever Allah has decreed for His believing slave is a blessing even if that is in the form of withholding; it is a favor even if that is in the form of a trial, and the calamity decreed by him is fair even if it us painful. [Madaarij Al-Saalikeen, 4/215.]

Many ask if Allah is not being merciful with them when not answering their prayers. (The real reason is that) What Allah chooses for His slave is better for him than what he chooses for himself. Allah is more merciful towards His slaves than they themselves or their mothers are. If something happens to them that they dislike, that is better for them than if it did not happen, so His decree is all kindness and mercy. If the slave submits to Allah and has certain faith that all dominion belongs to Allah and all things are under His command, and that He is more merciful to him than he is himself, then he will find peace of mind regardless of whether his need is met or not.  [Madaarij Al-Saalikeen, 2/215]

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24 comments… add one
  • Afrin

    Masha Allah,

    Thank you for this wonderful information.
    And it is so true , Allah is way merciful to us then we are to ourselves.

    I remember last year I was constantly praying for an internship in this particular company, but I did not get through and instead I got into a different company, due to which I got an opportunity to go to Japan for a year. Allah knows everything, we should have faith in the almighty, the most merciful.

  • Salaam alaykum. Du’a is the master to success, which requires Purification,Concentration,Sincerity & righteousness. Allahu Mujeeb.

  • yusuf

    May Allah bless us all with patience.Ameen

  • Ahmed(qanani) Husein

    Maashallah,of course Du’aa is one of the source your success & the key that open paradise(jannat) & clouse the door of the hell(azaab). Jazakumullaha keyran.

  • Usman Baig

    Most important is patience (sabre) which is repeated many times in Quran, where Allah says I am with you if you have Sabre (patience) He has never said anywhere I am with you if you pray or do all you committments, but if you have patience he is with you. Patience is very important after your Duas.

  • maimunah

    Jazakalluhu khair

  • hadiza sani

    May Allah (SWT) give us the ability to accept his decree wether pleasant to us or unpleasant. Ameen

  • jawhara

    Thank you iqra sense for making us understand

  • Umar

    May Allah accept our prayers in a way that is better for us.

  • Sa'a mohammed magaji

    May Almighty Allah continue to guide,protect and betow his favours upon us.

  • God is absolute& most merciful,beyond imagination .I have experienced it,but one must have patience,to wait and see why things dont work, as we want it and later we realize it.What god chose is.was best fr us.

  • Farzan Ahmad

    Alhamdolillah for the things i asked and u didn’t give me. Alhamdo lillah for all the things irrespective of my liking and dislike..Alhamdolillah for the past time and the present..This particular note has really opened my today..Alhamdolillah..Allaho akabar..

  • mehnaz

    MAY ALLAH GIVE US PATIENCE, AND NOT LET US DEVIATE FROM OUR PATH. AMEEN

  • Ayesha

    May Allah keep our intention only for the sake of Allah s.w.t and i also ask Allah to give us paitent to wait for the answers which are good…Ameen Ya Allah

  • mufeeda

    Jazakallahu Khair

    May Almighty Allah give us Patience for the good Answers.

    Aameen………

  • Dr. Abdul Rashid War

    Jazakallahukheyr for this great information. May Allah accept our duas

  • Fazani Shabdeen

    Marsha Allah fantastic information.

  • ibrahim salis

    We pray that Allah (SWT) guides us to the straight path so that at the end of everything He will shower his ‘rahma’ on us.

  • M. Razzaque

    Narrated An-Nu’man ibn Bashir: The Prophet (sa) said: Supplication (du’a’) is itself the worship. (He then recited:) “And your Lord said: Call on Me, I will answer you” (40:60). Dawud :: Book 8 : Hadith 1474.

    Corrupted Peoples’ Dua Refused
    Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: 0 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” (xxiii. 51). And He said: ‘ 0 those who believe, eat of the good things that We gave you” (ii. 172) He then made a mention of a person who travels widely, his hair dishevelled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky (and thus makes the supplication):” O Lord,0 Lord,” whereas his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothes are unlawful and his nourishment is unlawful. How can then his supplication be accepted? Muslim :: Book 5 : Hadith 2214.

  • Roda

    Allah (SWT) is geniunly soooo merciful and amaaziingly great t makes Me happy reading these kinds of things SubhanAllah
    Allah’s mercy is great

  • wardah iqbal

    Jazak Allah for the information.
    Every person faces sufferings and trials. May Allah gives us strength to be more firm and consistent towards our prayer. And dua certainly makes us calm in time of sufferings. So always ask forgiveness for your sins to Allah and have faith on Allah.

  • May Allah rewards you abundantly. Not every body recognise Allah as doer of good. Please we need more of this type of lessons . Thank you and may Allah rewards you with jannatul firdaus.

  • Qozeem Sulaiman

    Alhamdulillahi, thanks a lot for this admonition, it means that we should always gives thanks to Allah in whatever situation we find ourselves.

  • A calamity befalls me. My 2grandsons died thr suffocation in a ?car, they are children with no sins 1year and 3years. From Him will to Him we shall return. I prayed to Allah to reward my family ? in the calamity and compensate us with something better than amen

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