Don’t Be Impatient about the Answer of Du`aa’

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “One of you is granted an answer to his supplication so long as he is not hasty”

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “One of you is granted an answer to his supplication so long as he is not hasty.”

Don’t be impatient about the answer of du`aa’

He (peace be upon him) explained: “being hasty means…

that one says: ‘I supplicated but I have not been answered.’” So, he stops supplicating

This hadith was also narrated by Muslim in his Sahih collection. It reads:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The supplication of the servant is answered so long as he does not supplicate for sin or for severing the ties of blood, and he is not hasty.”

They said: ” O Messenger of Allah! What does being hasty mean?” He said: “When one says: I supplicated, I supplicated but I did not find it being answered.’”

and then he becomes frustrated and abandons supplication.” This is what being hasty means and why it affects the du`aa’. The point is that the Prophet (peace be upon him) tells

that our Lord (Exalted be He) answers one’s du`aa’ as long as one doesn’t invalidate their supplication

by their impatience, their frustration and abandonment of the du`aa’

And this very bad; saying “I did supplicate. I did supplicate”

As if one is thinking inwardly that he/she supplicates so much so he has the right to be answered, and yet he hasn’t been answered!

He means: “I did supplicate. I did supplicate so much so I have the right to be answered, and yet I wasn’t given a thing!”

He is then as though he had called his Lord stingy

That he has done what entitles him of answering his du`aa’ by our God but He (God, the Almighty) didn’t answer him.

So, he calls his Lord stingy, and this is extremely bad

It is extremely bad as well because this action indicates weakness in one’s certainty of Allah

And weakness in certainty leads to despair

Allah (Exalted be He) told us a story about Ibrahim (peace be upon him)

 “He said: “And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?” (Al-Hijr 15:56)

One may also despair of the mercy of His Lord when he doesn’t get his du`aa’ answered

because of what one knows for sure about oneself; namely one’s sins

One then looks at these sins and his unanswerable du`aa’

which then makes them despair. To them, they are linked to one another

One says “I supplicated and I haven’t been answered because of

the disobedient slave I am… About this says Sufyan ibn `Uyaynah (may Allah have mercy on him):

“Do not ever abandon du`aa’ because of what you know about yourselves of falling short to perform good deeds, for Allah responded to the worst of His creation:

He is Iblis.

 “He said, ‘My Lord, then reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected. (Allah) said, “So indeed, you are of those reprieved.” (Al-Hijr 15:36-37)

Allah answered the du`aa’ of the worst of His creation, so one shouldn’t lose hope of getting Allah’s answer to their du`aa’

Here, one should also understand that Allah’s (Exalted be He) answer to their du`aa’

is not limited to the matter one asks Allah for

Nor limited to seeing the thing one asks Allah for immediately

This is not the only way Allah answers one’s du`aa’  

Answering du`aa’ has different types. Narrated Imam Ahmad and Abu Al-A`la

from Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“There is not a Muslim who calls upon Allah with any supplication, that does not contain any sin or severing the ties of kinship,

but Allah will grant him one of three things: either Allah will immediately respond to his supplication, or He may keep or store the answer for the Hereafter,

or He will turn away from him an equivalent amount of evil or harm.” So, when one is impatient, they deprive themselves of all this good

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