Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h.) said: “Whoever does not ask from Allah, He (Allah) becomes angry at him.” (An authentic Hadeeth reported by Ibn Majah, At-Tirmidhi, Al-Haakim and others)
In the previously quoted saying of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.), there is proof that the supplication means requesting something from Allah, through which His Contentment is attained. This is since not asking from Allah out of pride and self-dependence is not permissible with respect to the Self-sufficient, the Most Praiseworthy.
A poet took the meaning of this Hadith and put it into poetic form saying:
“Allah becomes angry when you abandon asking Him, while the Son of Adam becomes angry, when you ask him for something.”
Therefore, Allah loves from His servants that they ask Him and that they turn towards Him and that they manifest their destitution and lowliness in front of Him. And He has made it a duty upon Himself to not send them back disappointed and empty-handed, as His Messenger (p.b.u.h.) has informed us:
“There is not a Muslim upon the earth that calls to Allah with a supplication except that Allah gives it to him or He removes some evil of equal proportion from him as long as he doesn’t supplicate for something sinful or to sever family ties.” So a man amongst the people said: ‘What if we ask numerous requests?’ He (p.b.u.h.) said: “Allah is Akthar (Able to respond to numerous requests).” (Sahih Kitaab Al-Adhkaar wa Da’eefihi (1223/920 & 1224/961)
In this is a sufficient clarification of the fact that Allah guarantees the answering of the supplications. This is however, according to its conditions. Thus, we shall go into details with the discussion concerning it, its description, its conditions, its proper time and place and its etiquettes, as well as what invalidates it.
By: Shaikh Saleem bin Eid Al-Hilaalee
Filed under: Tazkirah