Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil
Question: Is losing hope in dua a sign that I am not a true believer?
Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.
Hope and Fear
“Let no sin reach such proportions in your eyes
that it cuts you off from having a good opinion of God
for, indeed, whoever knows his Lord
considers his sin as paltry next to His generosity.” (Aphorism of Ibn Ata’illah)
Dear sister, never despair in the Mercy of Allah. Losing hope in dua is a sign that you are in need of spiritual nourishment. Increase in your obligatory acts of worship, as well as your supererogatory acts of worship. Seek out the company of those who remind you of the Mercy of Allah. Work on cutting down on things in your life which displease Allah. Ask Allah to grant you the blessing of having a good opinion of Him.
Remember that Allah tests those whom He loves. Spiritual struggle is therefore a sign of His Love for you.
I pray that Allah increases your hope in Him, and helps you see His Mercy and Love.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani