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‘Unanswered’ Duas? Guidance on what to do

I’ve been teaching Visionaire for years now and one issue that I see come up, again and again, is the issue of supposedly ‘unanswered’ Duas.

I don’t even like to use the word ‘unanswered’, as you’ll see below, but the fact remains:

What would I advise someone who is dealing with a Dua that has been going on for a long time with ‘supposedly’ no answer?

Firstly, let me start off by insisting that you should NEVER say “I made Dua, and my Dua wasn’t answered.” Because once you go down with that attitude, it’ll self-fulfill and your Dua indeed won’t be answered, as per the following Hadith:

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (R.A) that the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said: “(The Dua) of any one of you will be answered so long as he is not hasty in seeking a response and does not say, ‘I made Dua but I have not had a response.’” [Narrated by al-Bukhari, 5981; Muslim, 2735]

See, Allah answers all Duas, it’s His promise.

call upon Allah

{And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.} Quran 40:60

Allah answers Duas in one of three ways. Either Yes, Not Now, or I have something better for you.

What some people, so attached to their desire, forget is that “I have something better for you” is a way that Allah ANSWERS Duas. You not only have to accept that Allah might give you something different but be truly GRATEFUL for that. Here’s why:

I sometimes hear about this fear that some have, “What if I make Dua for something, but it’s not good for me. Allah gives it to me, and then it becomes a nightmare?” Personally, I think that’s one of the saddest and most inappropriate expectations one could have of Allah. You ask Him for a gift, and He would send you a nightmare — laa WAllah! May Allah protect us from such low expectation.

So this, “I have something better for you,” way Allah answers Duas is the fail-safe when we make Duas that aren’t good for us, or when we make Duas for which now is not the time, or maybe WE are not ready to accept that gift in our stage of life. Or who knows? … I know who knows:

{And Allah knows, while you do not kno