There are many times when we call upon Allah, pleading for Him to grant us our desires. He (SWT) Himself instructs us to ask from Him – “Call upon Me, I will respond to you.” [Quran 40:60]. However, what happens when we don’t receive what we prayed for? What occurs then?
Once, there was a young couple who desired to get married but lacked the means to do so. They severed contact and patiently waited for each other. The girl fervently prayed to Allah, seeking His favor. Soon, she received good news from the boy’s family and began preparing for her wedding. Yet, throughout this process, she did not forget her Lord. She continued to pray and beseech His guidance.
However, one day doubt crept into her heart. Something troubled her, although everything around her seemed perfect, just as she had prayed for. Overwhelmed, she performed her salah and this time implored Allah to reveal the truth behind her doubts. She beseeched Al-Haqq – The Embodiment of Truth – to unveil the intentions of those around her.
The following evening, she discovered that the boy she had prayed for day and night was now with someone else, and no one had informed her. With a shattered and speechless heart, she found solace in her salah once more. This time, she was grateful to Allah – not only for revealing the truth as she had wished, but also for safeguarding her from marrying someone who had been unfaithful even before their union. “Ya Allah, what would he have done to me if this is who he is before marriage?”
Though broken-hearted, she maintained her bond with Allah. One day, it struck her: “If I prayed sincerely for this, harboring no deceit in my intentions and actions, supplicated during the rain, in sujood, at Tahajjud, during Ramadan, and countless other accepted prayer times, and yet did not attain it… How perilous was this wish of mine? What would my life have been like if Allah had allowed me to marry him?”
Similarly, if you genuinely pray for something and The Most Merciful does not grant your request, thank Him for safeguarding you from the unknown evil. This does not, in any way, mean that you should stop asking Allah. It simply implies that if you persist in praying but encounter obstacles or find that your efforts fail to fulfill your desires, understand that The Most High is aware of what you are unaware of, and He may have something better in store for you. The rest is known only to Allah – Allahu ‘Alam.
at wanted to get married but did not have the means to. They cut off contact and waited for each other, and the girl prayed her heart out to Allah to let things be as she wished for it. She soon heard good news from the boy’s family, and started preparing for her wedding. Yet, in this process, she did not forget her Lord. She continued praying, she continued beseeching His guidance.
Until one day, she became doubtful. Something was bothering her, she didn’t know what though because the reality around her showed that everything was perfect – as she prayed for. When it was too much for her to handle, she prayed her salaah but this time she asked Allah to show her the truth behind her doubts. She asked Al-Haqq – The Embodiment of Truth – to show her intentions of those near her.
The next evening, she found out that the boy she prayed day and night for was now someone else’s, and nobody said a word about it to her. With a shattered and speechless heart, her feet took her to her salaah again. Only this time, she found herself being thankful to Allah – not only for showing her the truth as she wanted, but for protecting her from marrying someone that was unfaithful before she could even marry him, “Ya Allah, what would he have done to me if this is who he is before it?”
She was broken-hearted but continued with her bond with Allah, and one day it came crashing upon her – “If I prayed for this with a sincere heart, had no lies in my intentions and actions, asked for it during the rain, in sujood, at Tahajjud, Ramadan, and so many more accepted prayer times, and still did not get it…How dangerous was this wish of mine? What state would my life be, had Allah let me marry him?”
Similarly, if by you genuinely praying for something does not melt The Most Merciful into giving what you want, thank Him for protecting you from the evil that you do not know of. This does not in any way mean stop asking Allah. This just entails that if you continue praying but the roads are blocked or no matter what you do for your desire, you do not achieve it – understand that The Most High is aware of what you aren’t or has better for you, and the rest – Allahu ‘Alam.