Assalamu walaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I am 33 years old who reverted to islam 3 years ago and from one year i tried to fulfill all the duty Allah swt have given me to do for islam.
But after i reverted i am kinda having bad luck more than before. And now i am facing a huge trouble that my dua results opposite of my intention.
Why my dua results opposite! For example, If i ask let my business run more well then it results more bad business, and if i do dua for bad business then it results good business. Should i make dua opposite of my intention, is it permissible? Did rasulullah saw taught such type incident on any hadith? And if it is test then how do i perform such situation? Please help dear imam.
Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
We congratulate you on your decision of becoming a Muslim. May Allah accept from you, and bless you.
It is firstly essential to understand what is the meaning of ‘acceptance of a Dua’. It is not necessary that we get EXACTLY what we asked for. At times, with our limited knowledge, we might assume something is good for us. However, in his infinite knowledge, Allah knows that if we get what we asked for, it could be detrimental for us. For example, a person might think that wealth will be good for him. However, if Allah does bless him with wealth, it could probably lead him to the disobedience of Allah. Or, it could cause some of your close family and bosom friends to become jealous. Hence, Allah, through his mercy, does not give you the wealth. Rather, he blesses you in other ways.
In a narration of Musnad Ahmad it comes:
عن أبي سعيد أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ما من مسلم يدعو بدعوة ليس فيها إثم ولا قطيعة رحم إلا أعطاه الله بها إحدى ثلاث إما أن تعجل له دعوته وإما أن يدخرها له في الآخرة وإما أن يصرف عنه من السوء مثلها قالوا إذا نكثر قال الله أكثر (أخرجه أحمد في مسنده – 17/ 213)
“Any Muslim who implores Allah with a request in which there is no sin or severing of ties, Allah will definitely respond to him in one of three ways: either he will get exactly what he asked for, or he will be rewarded in the hereafter, or Allah will avert some calamity from him.” The companions said: “In that case, we will ask much more.” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) replied: “Allah has much more” (Musnad Ahmad)
We should also introspect and see if we are doing anything which blocks our prayers from being accepted. The prayers of a person who consumed Haram are not accepted. Likewise, sins bars a prayers from being accepted.
Lastly, let us never forget that for a Muslim, this world is a place of difficulty. Our goal is the hereafter, and that is where we will get eternal bliss, ease and happiness. In this world, Allah will test us in various ways. Allah says in the Quran:
وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِين
“We will certainly test you with a test of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and fruits (earnings), but give glad tidings who patiently endure “
We advise you to exercise patience and be pleased with the decision of Allah. Insha Allah, Allah will bless you with more than you could have ever imagined.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best
Ismail Moosa (Mufti)
This answer was collected from Fatwaa.com which is an excellent Q&A site managed by Mufti Ismail Moosa from South Africa. .