What is the reason of refusal of a supplication? Is supplication a sort of worship?

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What is the reason of refusal of a supplication? Is supplication a sort of worship?
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Supplication is a kind of worship. One supplicates when he is needy, feeling his weakness and neediness. Therefore, he performs the worship of supplication this way. Performing the worship is more important than its result. Frankly, Allah gives what one wants if He wishes, or does not give if He wishes not. Nevertheless, every supplication is responded. Allah either gives what is asked for in supplication, or postpones so as to give it later, or He does not give it as it is not good for the asker, postponing it to give in the hereafter. Or He does not give what one exactly asks of but a better one. One cannot say a supplication is not accepted.

What is the reason of refusal of a supplication? Is supplication a sort of worship?

Supplication is a requirement of service to Allah. Our main principle in supplications must be the aim of worship. Otherwise, it is false to consider supplication as merely a petition for needs, which should be accepted.

Sometimes we supplicate to ask for something. However, what we ask for is seemingly not accepted. In spite of this, we should not quit supplicating. If what we ask for is accepted by Allah and given to us, it is more than favorable to us. However, if it is not accepted and not given to us, we will not say “my supplication has not been accepted”. Contrarily, we should say “Allah accepted that supplication of mine for the hereafter or in a better way in this world.”

Actually, that supplication is not in vain; we should try to supplicate more and more eagerly thinking that we will have the return for it in the hereafter, for it is a kind of worship.

Allah says in Quran: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Supplication)” (al-Mu’min, 40:60). , Putting this verse forward, some people say: “Although Allah says “Call on Me; I will answer your supplication”, why are some of our supplications refused although we supplicate a lot?” In this matter, the scholars agree to say that Allah says “I will answer” and not “I will accept”. Imagine that you see a doctor and say “doctor, give me this medicine”. Of course, the doctor will answer you but it does not mean that the answer will be positive. If the medicine you ask for is not good for you, he will not give it to you or maybe he will give you a better one.

Similarly, Allah, the All-wise, of course responds to our supplications. However, He sometimes gives exactly what we ask for, or gives a better one than what we ask for, or does not give it at all as He knows it is bad for us.

After this short explanation, let us talk about the conditions for a supplication to be accepted. First of all, the supplication must be something acceptable. Then it must be made with a sincere and sinless tongue. If possible, it must be done after making wudu and having halal food. Supplication made in holy places, especially masjids and mosques, in holy times especially month of Ramadan and holy nights such as Laylatu’l Qadr, Laylatu’l Barat, after prayers especially morning prayer are likelier to be accepted. The more one leaves these conditions out in his supplications, the less effective the supplications will be.

There are different kinds of supplication:

For instance, you have an examination tomorrow. The supplication for the examination is studying. It is called practical supplication.

After finishing studying, we raise our hands and say “My Lord, give me what is good for me”; and it is verbal supplication.

One should supplicate sincerely and be ready to accept the result because Allah knows that what we want sometimes may not be good for us, but we do not know. As Allah who has infinite mercy knows that it will not be good for us, He accepts that supplication in a different way.

Hazrat Mary’s mother vowed her to the mosque when she was about to be born. And when she saw that her child was not a boy but a girl, she was surprised and sad. Emphasizing that example, Islamic scholars say that Allah definitely accepts our supplication. Sometimes He accepts them in a different and better way. And Hazrat Mary was a girl equal to a hundred boys. One cannot say that Allah did not accept her supplication. As a matter of fact, He accepted her supplication in a better way. And sometimes one thinks that his supplication is never accepted on the earth. However, his supplication is accepted in a better and more elevated way in Heaven.

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In Qur’an, it is stated that there are responds to every supplication. Yet most of our supplications are not accepted favorably?

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