10 reasons our supplications (Dua) are not accepted by Allah

Being a Muslim does not mean that Allah won’t put us in a trial. We tend to face challenges and get depressed. We tend to have bad work days, disputes with family and friends that sadden us, we tend to have an emotional breakdown when we lose a loved one and there are other instances when we get sadden and worried.

What worries us more is when we revert to Allah and ask for His blessings yet our supplications remain unanswered! This is that most saddening moment for a Muslim. Allah has assured us in Holy Quran (2:186) that He Almighty responds to a supplication and that He is near us.

So why is that our Duas remain unanswered? There are pious Muslims who are making duas which have remained unaccepted for months and even years! We need to focus on this as this is a necessary issue.

As Muslims, we need to know that why our duas are not being accepted? Here we have listed 10 reasons which shall help you understand the very phenomenon.

1-The person is making a weak dua: This means that what is being asked is not acceptable. Or in other cases, it might be that he is not asking for it properly. A person might be committing a sin while making Dua.

“Whenever a Muslim supplicates Allah, He accepts his supplication or averts any similar kind of trouble from him until he prays for something sinful or something that may break the ties of kinship.” – At- Tirmidhi, Riyad as-Salihin 1501

2-The person who is making dua is weak: a weak person is one with weak iman. This means that the person is not sure that Allah will accept the dua. Also, he might be just saying memorized words without faith and emotions.

3-The person is sinful: A sinful person first needs to ask for Allah’s forgiveness so that Allah is pleased with him.

4-Being uncertain: a dua which is made with uncertainty is unlikely to be accepted. A person shall make a dua with full hope of acceptance. The Holy Prophet PBUH said that a dua made with heedless heart is not answered. (At-Tirmidhi). So make a dua with full certainty and faith.

5-The person is not consuming halal: when we get involved in haram, we do not remain beloved of Allah. We shall make sure that we are not earning haram, eating haram, wearing haram or getting near to haram in any way.

6- Being impatient: sometimes a person might be a pious one and is making the dua correctly but he is being impatient. It is reported in Muslim and Bukhari that a dua is not accepted when a person says that I have been making Dua to Allah but it never gets accepted. – Sahih Muslim 2735 c

7-Setting conditions with Allah: Muslims shall keep in mind that Allah can do anything and He does not require your conditions. Saying that Oh Allah have mercy on me if You will and so, is certainly wrong. Your conditions won’t compel Allah to do something for you.

8-A person is not sending salutations to Prophet PBUH: A dua is not accepted until the blessing and salutations are sent to the Prophet PBUH along with it. (At Tabarani)

9-Allah loves to be invoked: Allah loves when a person calls to Him. Your dua might be accepted only if you recall Allah again and again and ask for it.

10-Acceptance of dua is different: A dua of a Muslim takes different forms. The Dua might be accepted soon, might be stored for the right time or it is because of the dua that an evil is kept away i.e. something better is given in return or the benefits by the most generous Allah are kept for hereafter. (Ahmad)

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.