Things That Hinder The Acceptance Of Dua

Things That Hinder The Acceptance Of Dua

Things That Hinder The Acceptance Of Dua

Nothing worries more than not having our Dua granted especially when our lives are at stake. Therefore, it is imperative to learn the reasons why our Dua is not being answered as below:

1. Engaging In Unlawful Activities

The Prophet s.a.w. said,

“إِنَّ اللَّهَ طَيِّبٌ لاَ يَقْبَلُ إِلاَّ طَيِّبًا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ أَمَرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ بِمَا أَمَرَ بِهِ الْمُرْسَلِينَ فَقَالَ ‏(يَا أَيُّهَا الرُّسُلُ كُلُوا مِنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَاعْمَلُوا صَالِحًا إِنِّي بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ)‏ وَقَالَ‏ (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُلُوا مِنْ طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ‏‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ ذَكَرَ الرَّجُلَ يُطِيلُ السَّفَرَ أَشْعَثَ أَغْبَرَ يَمُدُّ يَدَيْهِ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ يَا رَبِّ يَا رَبِّ وَمَطْعَمُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَشْرَبُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَلْبَسُهُ حَرَامٌ وَغُذِيَ بِالْحَرَامِ فَأَنَّى يُسْتَجَابُ لِذَلِكَ

“God is good and accepts only what is good, and He has given the same command to the believers as He has given to the Messengers, saying, “O Messengers, eat of what is good and act righteously” (Al-Mukminun, 23:51) and also, “O You who believe, eat of the good things which We have provided for you” (Al-Baqarah, 2:172). Then he (the Prophet) mentioned about a man who makes a long journey in a dishevelled and dusty state, who stretches out his hands to heaven saying, “My Lord, my Lord,” when his food, drink and clothing are of an unlawful nature, and he is nourished by what is unlawful, how then can his supplication be accepted?

(Sahih Muslim)

Despite the committed sins, individuals who erred should not lose hope in Allah s.w.t. and thus, establish Tawbah (repentance) and gradually improve themselves with what is made obligatory and other good deeds. Allah s.w.t. affirms His mercy for the wrong-doers,

قُل يَـٰعِبَادِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسرَفُواْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِم لَا تَقنَطُواْ مِن رَّحمَةِ ٱللَّهِ‌ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا‌ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيم

“Say (O Prophet, that Allah s.w.t. says), “O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls! Do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy, for Allah certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

(Surah Az-Zumar, 39:53)

2. Making Inappropriate Dua And Showing A Lack Of Patience And Conviction

Making Dua for something against the Islamic principles will result in not having the Dua to be answered. The Prophet s.a.w. said,

لَا يَزَالُ يُسْتَجَابُ لِلْعَبْدِ مَا لَمْ يَدْعُ بِإِثْمٍ أَوْ قَطِيعَةِ رَحِمٍ مَا لَمْ يَسْتَعْجِلْ. قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا الِاسْتِعْجَالُ. قَالَ يَقُولُ قَدْ دَعَوْتُ وَقَدْ دَعَوْتُ فَلَمْ أَرَ يَسْتَجِيبُ لِي فَيَسْتَحْسِرُ عِنْدَ ذَلِكَ وَيَدَعُ الدُّعَاءَ

“The servant will continue to have his supplications answered as long as he does not ask for a sin or cutting of ties and he is not impatient.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is its impatience?” The Prophet said, “He says: I have supplicated again and again, but I have not seen an answer. He becomes frustrated with that and gives up supplicating.”

(Sahih Muslim)

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