Why Doesn’t He answer our prayers?
In this counseling answer:
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.
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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)
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.
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.
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