We are often told that,”good things come to those who wait.” In addition to this, we have also heard that, “God helps those who help themselves.” Islam has been very clear in different aspects of our lives. The life of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) reflects on how, the most important person of Islam, had to go through hardships and millions of prayers to achieve what he wanted.
Prophet (PBUH) knew what his status and position in Allah’s eyes is. Even then, he never stopped praying for his forgiveness and for his ummah. The power of prayer can be seen greatly by looking at the life Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
Quran stresses a lot on the importance of prayer and patience.
“Nay, seek (Allah’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit, Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him. ” [Quran 2:45-46]
Given how impatient we Muslims have become, we stop praying to Allah as soon as we feel that He is not listening to us. We forget that this life is all about struggles and hardships – a quest for the thereafter. We stop praying for something when we feel that Allah is not providing us with it. If you are also one of these people, you need to read this out to yourself.
Meet Maryam Amir – A Muslim Speaker
Maryam talks about duaa by her personal experience:
“Years ago, I prayed for something over and over, that I desperately wanted answered. But as time went on, I realized that not only was my request not coming true the way I asked- the exact opposite was happening.
I struggled with watching what I saw was the opposite of my duaa take place but I reminded myself that God’s decree is with wisdom and that His plan is the best. But it was hard. Really, really hard.
Eight years and many life events later, He answered my duaa.
And I realized that in order for my duaa to be answered in the best way for my life, I needed door after door to be closed for me so that my duaa could be answered in a specific time of my life- the best time, in the best way.
If I could speak to my younger self I would tell me, “Allah is AlHakim- the All Wise. Trust in His plan. Know it’s better than anything you could even dream of asking for and that every single obstacle on your path is actually another door opening to an even better outcome than you’re asking.”
But since I can’t speak to my old self, I’ll just remind myself- and if it’s helpful to you, then you as well, now:
He answers, in the best way, at the best time. Don’t give up. Keep begging. Keep doing the right thing. Keep having hope. He will never fail you. Even if it takes 8 years. Even if it’s different from what you ask.
He will always respond with what is best for you.”