Wisdom behind delaying the answer for a supplication


Hunt of Thought (Sayd Al-Khatir)

by Ibn Al-Jawzi 

The wisdom behind delaying the answer for
a supplication




It is puzzling your insistence on asking
for your desires and when ever they were delayed your insistence increase
without thinking that your are not granted what you ask for because of:

1. Your benefit (for what you have asked
could be a harm to you in a way)

2. Your sins (for the sinner’s prayers
are not answered).

If it was the second reason, you will have
to clear the path of answering from the stains of sins.   If
it was the first reason then look at what you ask for:

Is it to strengthen your religion, or just
a plain earthly desire?  If it was only an earthly desire, then know
that it is the kindness and the mercy of Allah that delayed it for you,
and by your insistence, you are like a child that asks for what harms him
and he is denied that for his own good.   And if you think that
what you asked for is for the benefit of your religion then your benefit
could be in delaying it, or the well-being of your faith is by the nonexistence
of it.

In other words, the planning of the Truth
the Almighty (Allah) is better for you than your own planing, and He could
deprive you from what you ask to test your patience.  So let Him see
from you a determined patience and you will soon see from Him what will
give you joy.   And when you have cleaned the paths of answering
(of supplication) from the stains of sin and was patient about what He
has chosen for you, then every thing that happens to you is better for
you weather you were given or deprived of what you have requested





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