Prayers That Are Never Answered

Shaykh Farid Dingle is asked why it is that our prayers sometimes seem to not be answered and our lives are full of struggle when compared to others.


Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Why is it that I keep praying to Allah and my prayers (dua) are never answered? Even my non-Muslim friends’ lives are better than mine. Please advise.


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Dear questioner,

We must realize that sincere praying to Allah (dua) is a very great honour from Allah. Allah only allows us to pray to Him because He wants to give us something tremendous indeed.

Allah Most High says, “What would my Lord care for you if not for your supplication [dua]?” (Sura al-Furqan 25:77) and, “I respond to the call of the caller when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” (Sura al-Baqara 2:186)

How Allah answers our prayers

So our supplication (dua) is something great indeed, and Allah does answer us. However, this happens in one of three ways:

1. He gives us exactly what we asked for. This is the lowest of the levels.

2. He saves us from some affliction that would have befallen us.

3. And this is the highest level, He saves the reward of the supplication for the Afterlife.

The Prophet, Allah grant him blessings and peace, said, “Not a single Muslim prays for anything that is not a sin or a severance of family ties save that Allah gives him one of three things: He either gives him what he asked for immediately, or saves it for him for the Afterlife, of averts from him a calamity the likes thereof.”

“In that case,” replied the Prophet Companions, “we’ll make a lot of supplication.”

“Allah,” he replied, “is yet greater [in generosity].” (Ahmad)

Perseverance in Prayer (Dua)

The Messenger of Allah, Allah grant him blessings and peace, said, “The slave will be answered as long as he does not ask for anything that is a sin or a severance of family ties, and as long as he isn’t impatient.”

He was asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what does it mean to be impatient?”

He replied, “He says, ‘I have prayed and prayed, and I don’t see how I have been answered!’ And so the slave gives up hope at that and stops praying [for what he was praying for].” (Muslim)

So we have to keep praying, even if we imagine that Allah is not answering our prayers.

How to Make Dua

Besides being consistent in one’s prayers, one should also make a prayer for whatever one needs at blessed times, like after praying the obligatory prayer or breaking the fast; one should face the qibla and be on ritual purity (wudu). One should also give charity before making the supplication.

And one should be careful about one’s income. If one’s income is not halal, one’s prayers will not be answered.

The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah the Almighty is pure and accepts only that which is pure. Verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers saying, ‘O Messengers! Eat of the pure and good, and perform righteous deeds.’ (Sura al-Muminun 23:51) Saying, ‘O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you.’” (Sura al-Baqara 2:172)

“Then he mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, was dishevelled and dusty, and who spread out his hands to the sky saying ‘O Lord! O Lord!,’ while his food was haram, his drink was haram, his clothing was haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how on earth should he be answered?” (Muslim)


So keep praying for whatever it is you need because Allah is answering your prayers, and He is with you when you call upon Him.

Allah Most High has said in a Hadith Qudsi, “I am as My slave thinks of Me and I am with Him when he remembers Me.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

If we think carefully, being with Allah is probably greater than whatever it is that we are asking Him for anyway. We should cherish the moments of genuine need and sincere prayer because one of the signs that Allah loves one is that one loves to call on Him in supplication (dua) in difficulties and ease.

I pray this helps.


Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Could You Give Me a Supplication to Increase My Chances of Entering a Nursing Program?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

It has been two years since I started trying to get onto a nursing program, but to no avail. Is there a prayer or dua for increasing my chances of getting in?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

May Allah Most High facilitate your affairs. Consider praying the Prayer of Need (salat al-hajah) too: How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?

And please see the following resources:

Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

Some Prophetic Supplications for Difficulty and Distress

Why Doesn’t Allah Answer My Supplications?

A Reader on Patience and Reliance on Allah

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Photo: Wayne MacPhail

Why Does It Seem That Allah Never Answers My Prayers?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question:Jazak-Allah for your reply to my question from this link: Not Fasting in Ramadan to Study for an Important Exam. I had a follow-up question/s. I wanted to ask in relation to what was mentioned regarding barakah, such as: “as Muslims we believe that we can do less and Allah puts blessings to fill whatever deficiency may outwardly be in our effort.”

Is there a guarantee that by still fasting Allah will give me the barakah necessary to succeed and do well even with less studying time and effort? Am I supposed to assume Allah will grant it to me without doubt by fasting? Maybe I just have doubt and uncertainty on whether Allah will give me any of the benefits, based on past experiences in my life. I’ve tried to get various benefits promised in the Quran or Hadiths and Allah knows best, I don’t know if I should say for sure, but I think maybe very likely I did not always get those benefits promised in the deen such as:

1) the healing/curing effect of al-fatiha
2) Allah accepting and granting my wish when I pray to Allah for the grant of a wish with the dua of Prophet Yunus (as).
3) I think the hadith is in Abu Dawud that says something like: whoever holds firm to istighfar, Allah will make a way out for them from every tight situation; from every worry & anxiety Allah will give them tranquility, coolness and calmness; and will provide for them from where they know not. Even this I have tried to get and (Allah knows best) I think I did not always get those either.

These are just 3 examples, I can probably list more but I’ll leave it at that. I try to have taqwa, I try to do tawba regularly. Shaytan might put thoughts in my head like “why do you still try to get these promised benefits when Allah rejected and ignored you so many times” or “why should you even believe this religion to be truth when you’ve done things to get the promised benefits and they are not even true, they don’t work, these are all just bogus lies”. Please offer some advice or insight into this matter.


Fear and Prayer

Allah says, “Whoever has fear (taqwa) of Allah, He will give him a way out” (Quran 65:2) and says, “Call on me I will respond” (Quran 40:60). We believe this to be true and thus if you have fear of Allah and you call on Him, He will give you a way out and will answer your prayers. The thing is, how and when will that be? We are told He will answer us, but we are not told that He will show us how that will occur or when.

How a Prayer May be Answered

You may be spared many tribulations in your life due to a supplication. Imagine you were on the highway and there was something that could have caused a serious accident but it passed you by without you ever knowing it was headed your way. It was a prayer that you made, or leaving a sin that saved you. If you had been hit, you may have had serious financial problems or health problems. All that passed you by but you didn’t see how your prayer was the answer.

Be Firm

Stay firm in your practice of the faith and in your supplication. Do not give into the shaytan and despair from what Allah can do for you. If you are experiencing hardship, this is the time that the shaytan will try to make you slip by having you question the Power of Allah and His Justice.