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6 Reasons Your Duas Are not Answered

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Dua is a form of communication between servant, as a fragile creature, to The Most Loving and Merciful Allah SWT. Hence, dua is a worship for human to get closer to The Almighty God. There are no other place to ask better than to Allah SWT.


For various kind of our problems and wishes there are only Allah SWT could accommodate that. Even Allah SWT know more than what we wish before we said it first in our dua, since Allah is The Omniscient. Through dua itself Allah SWT provide assistance or help to His servant who is in trouble.

Pray to Allah SWT, then Insya Allah (God willing) our lives will be easier. However, there are times when we felt that our dua never be granted by Allah SWT. Wheter it is not granted, yet basically all the dua will be granted by Allah SWT. When and where it will be no one knows about that. See also : 10 Miraculous Dua for the Last 10 Days of Ramadhan

Here are an explanations about the reasons your duas are not answered by Allah SWT,

1. Self, Doa, and Forbidden Things (Haram)

One of the reasons why dua would not be granted by Allah SWT is because ourselves that full of sins. Human actually never escaped from a mistake. Yet Allah always open His door of forgiveness since Allah is The Most Generous and Loving. But human more often neglectful about theirself and do not repent it immediately (doing tawba).

So it is with what already became the outcome of sins, such as Big Sins and Little Sins. What forbidden, including clothes, foods, and drinks, all together will become a barrier for dua to be granted. Rasulullah SAW said as follow:

“O all human, indeed Allah is generous. He never accept something but good itself. And in fact Allah gave an order to all the mu’min (people who believe) as what He ordered to The Massengers of Allah. His commandment : ‘O, All The Massenger of Allah! and eat from good things (halal) and perform the good deeds. Indeed I am The Omniscient about what you’ve been done’. And Allah also said : ‘O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you and be gratefull to Allah, if it is Him that you worship’.

Later, The Prophet shallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam told the story of a man that already walk for such a long time because of the distance. Untul his hair is crumpled, tangled, and dusty. That man lift his hand to the sky while praying : “O my Almighty God, my Almighty God.” Whereas his foods, his drinks, and clothes came from forbidden things (haram) and fed with haram foods, then how Allah will grant his wishes?” (Hadith of Muslim)

2. Wish (Pray) for Something Good

It never be granted by Allah, a Dua which contain anything of sins and that will break or cut silaturrahim (friendship or good relationship ties). From Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah SAW said :

“A person’s Dua will always be granted as long as he does not wish for sinfulness or to break silaturrahim (good relationship) ties dan he is not in haste.” A companion asked, ‘O Rasulullah, what the meaning of haste?’ Then Rasulullah SAW answered : ‘The meaning of haste is if the one pray and said : ‘I already pray and kept pray but yet be granted.’ And soon after, he felt in despair and never pray anymore.’ (Hadith of Muslim)

See also :  Dua for Missing Person in Islam 

3. Empty Heart and Not Serious

From Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah SAW said :

“Pray to Allah in convinced state that it will be granted,  and know that Allah will not grant a Dua from a neglected heart.” (Hadith of At-Tirmidhi)

Pray with an empty heart means we are not focused on what we said to Allah SWT. There are no different when we talk to other people but we do not want to look at their eyes. What we said will looks like a mere lie and had no meaning at all. At the end, we would not take serious on what we pray for.

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From Abu Hurairah RA, that Rasulullah ever said :

“And do not let on of you said : ‘O Allah, forgive if you will and bless me if you will.’ However he should truly ask, since no one is forcing Allah at all.” (Hadit of Bukhari)

 4. Abandoned to Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong (Amar Ma’ruf Nahi Munkar)

When we neglected all the good deeds that suitable with Shari’a, then our Dua won’t be granted since what we done are merely sins. From Hudzaifah bin Al Yaman from Rasulullah SAW said, which means :

“By Him in whose hand my life is, you either ejoining good and forbid evil, or Allah will certainly soon send His punishment to you. Then you will make supplication and it will not be granted.” (Hadit of At-Tirmidhi)

5. It will be Replaced with a better thing

One of the nature of Allah is The Omniscient. Allah know well what is good and wrong for us. Maybe, we never aware that what we wish for in our prayer is something good, but according to Allah it is not. So that Allah will replaced our dua with even something better. See also : The Importance of Prayer in Islam

6. Postponed

There is a possibility that our pray to Allah SWT is not unaccepted, but it only been postponed by Allah SWT. Every single Dua is different. There are some Dua that immediately granted and some are slow. There are some Dua that granted in the world, and some as Allah promised will be granted in afterlife. See also Ways How to Make Your Wish Come True In Islam

Allah is The Omniscient of what His servant never knew. Therefore, do not feel desperate moreover dissapointed. Keep praying to Allah SWT, since only to Him we seek for help.

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The Best Time to make Dua (Pray)

In order for our Dua to be granted by Allah SWT, there are some of the best time that will increase the possibility of our Dua to be granted.

  • The last third of the Night
  • While prostrating in Obligatory salah (Fard)
  • At the End of the Obligatory salah (Fard)
  • On Friday
  • Between Adhan and Iqamah
  • At the Time of Breaking Fast
  • When Waking Up at Night (before going to bed he should wash and Remember of Allah SWT first)
  • The Night of Qadr’ (Decree)
  • In the Event of War
  • During the Rain
  • The Day of Arafah (10 Dzulhijjah
  • While Traveling
  • The Dua of a Mu’min for His Brother or Sister (without knowing by others)

Do not forget, that sincerity is the main key of every worship, including when we pray. Allah SWT said :

“So invoke Allah, (being) sincere to Him in religion, although the disbelievers dislike it” (Qur’an Surah Al-Ghafir verse 14)

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