Why our supplication is not answered?


Ibraheem Ibn Adham was approached by a group of people. They asked him about the Saying of Allaah the Most High:
“Call upon your Lord and He will answer you.” [Ghaafir:60]

They said: “We supplicate to Allaah but He does not respond to (our invocations) .”[1]
Ibraheem Ibn Adham replied:
 

You know Allaah but yet you do not obey Him.

You recite the Quraan but you do not act upon it.
You know about the shaytaan (devil) but you agree with him.
You claim that you love the Messenger of Allaah but you abandon his sunnah.
You claim that you love (to enter) paradise but you do not act for it.
You claim that you fear the hell fire but you fail to abstain from disobedience.
You say that death is truly (approaching) but you do not prepare for it.
You are preoccupied with other people’s faults but you do not analyse your own.
You eat the sustenance that Allaah provides (you with) but you show no thanks.
You bury your dead but you do not contemplate over that.[2]
 
[1] Abu Huraira narrated that:
The Messenger of Allaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The invocation of anyone of you is granted (by Allah) if he does not show impatience, saying, ‘I invoked Allah but my request has not been granted.’” Bukhari and Muslim.
 
[2] Al-Khushoo’ fee As-Salaat, with Commentary and checking by Shaykh ‘Ali Ibn Hasan,  by Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (d790) page 39. This narration has mysteriously been omitted from the English translation of this wonderful book.

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