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Why Our Prayers Are Not Answered

Why Our Prayers Are Not Answered 1

Ibraheem Ibn Adham – may Allaah have mercy on him – a third century scholar, a teacher and a companion of Sufyaan ath-Thawree, was asked about the saying of Allaah – the Most High: “And your Lord says: Call on me I will answer your prayer…” [Soorah Ghaafir 40:60] i.e. “We supplicate and we are not answered.”

So he said to them:

o “You know Allaah, Yet you do not obey Him,
o You recite the Qur’aan, Yet do not act according to it,
o You know Shaitaan(Devil), Yet you have agreed with him,
o You proclaim that you love the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, Yet you abandon his Sunnah,
o You proclaim your love for Paradise, Yet you do not act to gain it,
o You proclaim your fear for the Fire, Yet you do not prevent yourselves from sins,
o You say “Indeed death is true”, Yet you have not prepared for it,
o You engage yourselves with finding faults with others, Yet you do not look at your faults,
o You eat of that which Allah has provided for you, Yet you do not thank Him,
o You bury your dead, Yet you do not take a lesson from it.”