Why Doesn’t Allah Answer Our Dua and Remove this Pandemic?

22 May, 2020
Q Millions of Muslims have been praying during Ramadan and asking Allah to remove this pandemic.

Why Doesn’t He answer our prayers?

Answer


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Allah does hear our prayers and Allah will answer our prayers in His time as Allah knows best. 

Perhaps we may use this time to create a better world, a stronger ummah, and create a better way of living. 

This may also be a test and trial for us as Muslims.

Allah knows best and His response is in His time and of His choosing.


Assalam alaykum,

Thank you for writing to us.

 I understand how you must feel knowing that Muslims all over the world have been praying during Ramadan asking Allah swt for forgiveness as well as asking Him to remove this pandemic. 

Why Doesn’t Allah Answer our Prayers

You are concerned about why Allah doesn’t answer our prayers. It is said “Who is it that responds to the distressed when he calls out to Him, and who removes the ill, and has made you inherit the earth? Could there be any divine power besides Allah?” (An-Naml 27: 62)

Why Doesn't Allah Answer Our Dua and Remove this Pandemic? - About Islam

And  “What would my Lord care for you if not for your supplication?” (Sura al-Furqan 25:77) . Also “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). As we can see, Allah does hear our prayers and Allah will answer our prayers in His time as Allah knows best. 

Allah Knows Best

While this pandemic is concerning to all, perhaps it is a time to strengthen our relationship with Allah, our families and community. Perhaps we may use this time to create a better world, a stronger ummah, and create a better way of living.

Maybe this is a time for healing-despite the sad and tragic deaths from the pandemic.  Allah knows best and is the best of planners.


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Tests and Trials

This may also be a test and trial for us as Muslims. Perhaps it is that Allah wants us to seek Him out in order that we may become stronger in our resolve. Perhaps it is this moment in time that we will develop our strongest iman.

The world has gone through pandemics, wars, hardships, and miseries before. As hardships such as this pandemic are new to a lot of us-we must never forget our sisters and brothers who live in lands where they are being killed, persecuted, living under occupation, and so on….to them this pandemic is like their everyday life, living with uncertainty and fears. Perhaps this will make our hearts softer to others. 

Conclusion

Allah does hear our prayers!!!  We need to “hear” Allah when He promises us that he does hear our prayers and will respond. However, Allah knows best and His response is in His time and of His choosing. Keep praying and draw close to Allah. Allah is our only refuge. We wish you the best.

Salam,

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https://aboutislam.net/reading-islam/finding-peace/remembering-allah/8-reasons-dua-not-answered/

About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha received her PhD in psychology in 2000 and an MS in public health in 2009. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. Aisha specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach.
Aisha works at a Family Resource Center, and has a part-time practice in which she integrates healing and spirituality using a holistic approach. Aisha plans to open a holistic care counseling center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocate for social & food justice. In her spare time she enjoys her family, martial arts classes, Islamic studies as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.