The Answer To Your Supplications Is Delayed For A Reason
There is an interesting situation that confuses many:
The believer who is afflicted with a calamity and then invokes Allah Ta’ala constantly, yet sees no signs of an answer to his prayers.
Then when he comes near to the point of hopelessness, the true worth of his heart is found out. If he is pleased with what Allah Ta’ala has decreed for him, without losing hope of Allah’s Favor, then in most situations it is at this point that such a person’s supplications are answered, answered because his test is over:
His faith has shined through and the Devil has been defeated. So it is at the time of near hopelessness that the worth of man is judged.
This meaning is alluded to in the saying of Allah Ta’ala:
“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such
(trials) as came to those who passed away before you?
They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and
were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who
believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help
of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!”
(Qur’an 2: 214)
After Ya’qub Alyhis Salaam lost his son, much time elapsed, yet he never lost hope of relief. Instead of relief, another of his sons was then taken away,and even then he did not lose hope of Allah’s Favor and Mercy:
“So patience is most fitting (for me). It may be that Allah will bring them all (back) to me. Truly He! Only He is All-Knowing, All-Wise/’ (Qur’an 12: 83)
And similar were the words and sentiments of (Zachariya) Zakariyyah Alyhis Salaam:
“And I have never been unblessed in my invocation to You, O my Lord!” (Qur’an 19:4)
Never, therefore, should one feel that too much time has passed by without his supplications being answered. One should realize that, whenever one is tested with hardship,
one’s mettle and faith are being tested. To pass such a test, one must drive away the whispers of the Devil and then turn for help to the Most-Merciful, the Most-Generous, the Most- Wise.
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