Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah
Question: Assalamu alaykum
Is asking for a sign that my du’a has been accepted shirk or superstition?
Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam. Thank you for your question.
Asking or hoping for a sign that indicates one’s supplication has been accepted is not shirk or superstition.
However, the manner of du’a is to ask Allah for what you want (of the permissible) and then trust that He will do what is best for you, whatever it the outcome and whatever form it takes.
The Etiquettes of Supplication
The Prophet ﷺ advised us, ‘Call on Allah while having full conviction that He will answer, and realize that Allah does not answer the du’a that proceeds from a heedless, inattentive heart.’ [al Tirmidhi]
There are different ways Allah may answer one’s prayer, and these are,
1. Giving the thing being asked;
2. Warding off a harm that would have otherwise afflicted the person
3. As gifts stored for the person in the next life, and this is the best form of du’a being answered. [Musnad Ahmad]
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[Shaykh] Jamir Meah
Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.