Allah’s Wisdom in Acceptance of Duaa

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

It is the extreme Mercy of Allah SWT that I stumbled upon a few verses which somehow state the answer to a clump of doubts that had started accumulating. Everything good or bad, big or small, happens for a reason. One has to seek hidaya from everything happens to him, even if it’s as miniscule as a sneeze or cough. It has been the practice of Sahaba (may Allah SWT be pleased with them all) when their ride (camel) wouldn’t comply with them, they would reflect and think that perhaps it is a sin that is blocking their way from achieving their goals/destination. Similarly, the Shuyookh from the cohort of Imam Nawawi/Imam Bukhari (may Allah SWT have Mercy on them all), used to increase in their Istighfaar as soon as they forgot a train of thought as they were lecturing. In fact, a group of seekers of knowledge would be sitting right there and the scholar would immediately offer 2 Rakahs to seek forgiveness from Allah SWT for being ‘blocked’ from conveying knowledge to His slaves. They used to spend time pondering whether it was the way they had behaved with their wife earlier or likewise anything that they had missed in their daily activities previously. Hence, challenges and difficulties become a means of hidaya provided one is willing to look back in hind-sight and see what injustice they had done, whether with the Rights of Allah SWT or with the rights of His Creation or sometimes both. It could be a sin tucked away in your forgotten past of over 10 years, a particular sin  that you had committed for which you haven’t asked for repentance:

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much. ” [Ashuura 42:30]

A beautiful hadith as a side-note that Ibn Kathir (may Allah SWT have mercy on him) mentioned as he expounded on the verse quoted:

A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “The Messenger of Allah said: “If a person commits many sins and has nothing that will expiate for them, Allah will test him with some grief that will expiate for them.

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Allah SWT accepts duaas but He SWT does not answer it the way we want it to be answered or at the time we want it to be answered. That could partly be due to one’s lack of repentance and/or could be due to the following:

And if Allâh were to enlarge the provision for His slaves, they would surely rebel in the earth, but He sends down by measure as He wills. Verily! He is in respect of His slaves, the Well-Aware, the All-Seer (of things that benefit them). [Ashuura 42:27]

Ibn Kathir (may Allah SWT have mercy on him) says regarding this verse:

This verse means, ‘if We gave them more provision than they need, this would make them rebel and transgress against one another in an arrogant and insolent manner.’

Isn’t that the story of our life?

Just imagine for a second that the duaa you’ve been making for the longest time gets accepted. Now imagine its worst consequences. Yes! As much as there’s a possibility of all ‘good things’ to happen to you inshaa’Allah, there’s a huge possibility that you could end up in more problems with that duaa being accepted (and we seek refuge from that). Then in that case, Allah SWT is warding away that harm that may be caused to you if that duaa is accepted. That very duaa a human makes in his near-sightedness can be a source of him falling in a ditch. It doesn’t decrease from His Kingdom if He accepted all our duaas. He could’ve left us in our sorry-state of hidaya-less life and would’ve accepted all our duaas in the way we wanted.

But do you know what?

Alhamdolilah we have a caring Ilah.

…Who makes sure we get the right thing at the right time, in the right manner at the right place. Imagine getting free fries when you feel like barfing. Imagine getting a new job opportunity when a person close to you is at his/her deathbed. Imagine getting enough money to buy the fanciest house when one has the disposition of becoming the most arrogant person. Imagine acceptance of a marriage proposal when you’re a wreck yourself in terms of your spirituality, finances and your approach towards life. Most likely, you’ll destroy not only your life but the person associated with you. These examples are tangible. But Allah SWT knows the secrets of our hearts and He SWT knows what our internal inclinations will be if our object of duaa would come in front of us.

He SWT cares for us but we’re bogged down by one thing so severely that we forget to even thank Him for allowing us to comprehend and seek refuge in His Perfect Ruboobiyah, Uloohiyah not to forget His Beautiful Asmaa’ wasifaat! Some Muslims give up praying, some give up making duaa harbouring the feeling that Allah SWT doesn’t ‘listen’ to their duaas. How foolish and utterly stupid can a human be? With all that intellect Allah SWT has provided a human with, it is expected that their brain has the minute ability to absorb some goodness out of such a situation. But NO! Full-grown adults behave like toddlers, rebelling against their Lord and show displeasure. A human’s not making duaa and being displeased with His Rabb is a major problem. I will let you research on that as to why it is.

SubhanAllah!

The verses before and after verse no. 27 are so beautiful.

One talks about the recipe of acceptance of duaa of the righteous and one talks about His Utmost Mercy with those who start despairing. He SWT doesn’t even leave those who think Him, the One deserving of Most Praise, deficient in His Might to accept their duaas. Isn’t that a loose definition of despair, a loss of hope? Look at Ar-Rahmaan’s Benevolence, the love He SWT shows continuously even those Miskeen who start despairing! Do we become that blind?

“And He answers (the invocation of) those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh — Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and gives them increase of His Bounty. And as for the disbelievers, theirs will be a severe torment.” [Ashuura 42:26]

 So basically, one has to be a true Muslim and should be engaged in doing righteous deeds to get 2 things:

  1. Answer to Duaa
  2. Increased Bounty

Therefore you not only ‘get the job but you get all sorts of benefits.’ It’s that easy.

The verse about despair:

And He it is Who sends down the rain after they have despaired, and spreads His Mercy. And He is the Walî (Helper, Supporter, Protector, Lord), Worthy of all Praise.”  [Ashuura 42:28]

Allahu Akbar!

And even after seeing us despair, He SWT not only grants us Mercy, He SWT directs us lovingly towards what we lacked from the beginning: Tawakul (by telling us that  He’s our Only Wali) and Hidaya (that we should get back on track by praising Him).

Remarkable!

I think I’m the most richest person after finding these verses. Alhamdolilah for such a wonderful religion which takes care of human’s psychology and his heart.

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With the duaas you make, start repentance because that’s the easiest way to make our Rabb happy. Here’s a cute evidence:

 It was reported in Sahih Muslim that Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The Messenger of Allah said: Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant than anyone of you who loses his riding beast in a barren land, and it was carrying his food and drink; he despairs of ever finding it, so he comes to a tree and lies down in its shade, having given up all hope of finding his riding beast; then whilst he is there like that, suddenly he sees it standing near him, so he takes hold of its reins and because of his great joy he says, “O Allah, You are my slave and I am Your Lord!” — i.e,. he makes a mistake because of his great joy.”

May Allah SWT grant us the ‘guidance within the guidance’ and lead us only to hidaya and forgive us for our impatience with our Qadr.Ameen.

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