A Reminder..

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

The believer should avoid such causes that prevent his supplication from being answered. These include the following:

1. Lack of sincerity.

2. Lack of persistence and insistence in the supplication.

3. Not invoking Allah’s peace and blessings upon the Prophet.

4. Expecting a quick answer.

5. Consuming unlawful food or drink or wearing unlawful clothing.

6. Abandoning the duty of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.

The Sunnah specifies certain times at which supplications are most likely to be accepted. These times include the following:

1. Between the Adhān and the Iqāmah (second call to prayer).

2. In the last part of the night.

3.During prostration.

4. The hour during Friday.

5. During travel.

6. Supplication of an oppressed person.

7. Supplication of a parent against his child.

There is much room in this regard, yet when you raise your hands in supplication, remember that this is a favor from the Almighty Lord upon you; He wants to give you. So, think well of Him and be firm in your request. Allah Almighty says:

{Your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you...}

[Surat Ghāfir: 60]

‘Ali ibn Abi Tālib (may Allah be pleased with him) said:“Lift the multitudes of afflictions by supplication.”Anas ibn Mālik (may Allah be pleased with him) said:“Do not fail to supplicate, for indeed none is ruined while he supplicates.”Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:“Every supplication gets answered. Yet the answers do vary. Sometimes the answer comes in the form of what one has asked for, and at other times in the form of something else inits place.”

In You I seek refuge, and in whom else can I seek refuge other than You?! I am weak, my Lord; so strengthen me against my sins, which cannot be forgiven by anyone but You.

I supplicate You to forgive my sins, help me, and guide me. Indeed, no one resorts to You and ends up in disappointment.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:“It is inappropriate for a servant to ask from other servants while he finds all what he wants with his Almighty Lord.”

O Allah, the All-Responsive, answer our supplications, strengthen us, and save us and our parents from Hellfire.

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