Question: Assalam aleykum,
I’ve been trying to fulfill my individual prayer for almost a year but it looks like Allah isn’t responding. How can I persuade Him? I have even cried in one of my prayers. Will Allah forgive all types of sins?
Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us. Please forgive me for the delay.
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said: “It is necessary that you do not become hasty.” It was said: “What does being hasty mean, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “When one says: ‘I supplicated to Allah but Allah did not answer me.’” [Sunan Ibn Majah]
Dear questioner, Allah is listening to your duas. His response may not be what you want it to be, but trust in Him. Have faith that you may not be getting what you want from Him, but you are getting what you need.
It can be heartbreaking to be attached to something or someone that is not written for you. Make space for that longing and sadness in your heart. Instead of focusing on ‘persuading’ Allah, persuade yourself to come to peace with what He has unfolded for you. He is the Creator, and we are His creation. Either we submit to his Decree with grace and patience, or we struggle to accept whatever we cannot change.
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘O son of Adam, I forgive you as long as you pray to Me and hope for My forgiveness, whatever sins you have committed. O son of ‘Adam, I do not care if your sins reach the height of heaven, then you ask for my forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of ‘Adam, if you come to Me with an earth load of sins, and meet Me associating nothing to Me, I would match it with an earth load of forgiveness.”‘ [Tirmidhi].
And Allah knows best.
Answered by [Ustadha] Raidah Shah Idil.
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