Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله once said that If Allah didn’t want to accept your dua, he would not have guided you to make the dua in the first place. Still, we often see that our Dua remains unanswered. Actually, there are 10 reasons/signs that your dua is rejected.
Disclaimer: The following are general guidelines, signs, and reasons for the rejection of Dua. However, Allah is the most powerful who can accept any supplication made in any manner.
The first reason your dua is rejected is that you are not asking it in a proper way or you are asking for something that is not suitable for you.
- Keep in mind, that making a dua is actually begging for something from Allah.
- Repeating the memorized words without really meaning it would not be considered a Dua.
- If your infant asks for a real knife, you would not grant it to him no matter how much he begs.
“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
There is a high risk of not accepting the Dua if the person who is making the supplications is weak in Iman. For example, if someone is begging Allah for something but committing sins as well on a consistent basis and not improving or trying to improve anything in his Iman, it is a sign of rejection of dua.
A sinful person first needs to ask for Allah’s forgiveness so that Allah is pleased with him.
A sign that your dua is going to be rejected is that you are not convinced in your heart that Allah will grant you this. A dua that is made with uncertainty is unlikely to be accepted. A person shall make a dua with full hope of acceptance.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said that a dua made with a heedless heart is not answered. – Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3479
If all or some part of your income or food is Haram, it is a sign that your dua is going to be rejected. We shall make sure that we are not earning haram, eating haram, wearing haram, or getting near to haram in any way.
Sometimes the reason for the rejection of a dua is being impatient. Fore example, a person might be a pious one and is making the dua correctly but he is being impatient.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said 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
Many scholars are of the opinion that conditional dua is one of the reasons for its rejection. Recently, there has been a trend that people make a dua that if they will pass their exams, they would offer 100 Nafl.
However, on the other hand, many other scholars are of the opinion that a dua is a personal matter between Allah and the person so let it be on the person how he convinces Allah to award him whatever he is looking for.
Salutation to Prophet Muhammad
If you are making Dua to Allah without sending supplications to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, it is a sign that your supplications are not going to be accepted.
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.
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 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