God Answers Everyone's Prayers

Some Secrets of the Quran
By Harun Yahya
Muslim thinker

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Each time one prays to God, he should be aware that God will accept his prayer as worship and believe that God will answer his call ...
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God, the All-Mighty, Merciful and Compassionate, revealed in the Quran that He is close to man and will answer people when they pray to Him.

One of the relevant verses is as follows:

{If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that they will be guided aright.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 186)

As stated in the verse above, God is close to everybody. He has knowledge of everyone's wishes, feelings, thoughts, every word uttered, anything whispered and even what is concealed deep in one's thoughts. Consequently, God hears and knows everyone who turns to Him and prays to Him. This is God's blessing on mankind, and a manifestation of His mercy, grace and infinite power.

God has infinite might and knowledge. He is the Possessor of everything in the entire universe. Every being, every object, from the seemingly most powerful people to the greatest riches, from the magnificent celestial bodies to a tiny animal dwelling on the Earth, all belongs to God and are all under His complete will and control.

A person who has faith in this truth can pray to God for anything and can hope that God will answer those prayers. For example, a person who is seized by an incurable disease will surely resort to all forms of medical care. Yet, knowing that only God restores health, prayers will be offered to Him for recovery.

Alternatively, a person with some kind of fear or anxiety can pray to God for relief and to remove all forms of fear. A person who encounters difficulties in accomplishing a task can turn to God for the removal of difficulties. One can pray to God for countless things; for guidance to the true path, for acceptance into paradise with other true believers, for a better grasp of paradise, hell and the might of God, for good health and so on. This is what God's Messenger (peace be upon him) stressed when he said:

"Shall I introduce to you a weapon which will protect you both from the evils of enemies and increase your sustenance? They said: Yes, O Messenger of God. He said: Call your Lord day and night, for 'Prayer' is the weapon of a believer." (Al-Mundhiri)

It may well be that prosperity will turn the children away from God. In this sense, God hears this person's call and answers it in the best way.

However, there is another secret disclosed in the Quran, which deserves mention at this point. As God states in the verse: {Man prays for evil just as he prays for good. Man is prone to be impetuous.} (Al-Isra' 17: 11)

For example, a person may ask God for more property and wealth for his children's future. However, God may not see any goodness in this request. It may well be that prosperity will turn the children away from God. In this sense, God hears this person's call and answers it in the best way.

Alternatively, a person may pray not to be late for an appointment. However, it may well be that it is better for him to reach the destination after the specified time and instead, meet someone who would contribute something beneficial for his eternal life. God knows this and He answers the prayer, not in the form the person thought, but in the best way. That is, God hears that person, but if He sees no good for him in his prayer, He creates what is best for him. This in itself is a very important secret.

When prayers appear to go unanswered, those unaware of this secret assume that God did not hear their call. This is indeed a perverted belief of ignorance because: {God is closer to man than his own jugular vein} (Qaf 50: 16) He knows every word one speaks, every thought and every instant pertaining to one's life. Even while one is asleep, God knows what he experiences in his dreams. It is God Who creates everything. Consequently, each time one prays to God, he should be aware that God will accept his prayer as worship and believe that God will answer his call in the most appropriate time and create what is best for him.

Prayer, as well as being a form of worship, is also a precious gift from God to mankind. This is because, through prayer, God enables man to attain anything He deems good and beneficial for him. God relates the importance of prayers in the verse stating: {Say: 'What has My Lord to do with you if you do not call on Him? But you have denied the truth, so punishment is bound to come.} (Al-Furqan 25: 77)

God Answers the Prayers of Those Who Are in Distress and Need

Prayers are the times when one's closeness to God is explicitly felt; it is a time when one grasps God's closeness and how, as a servant of God, he is in need of Him. This is because when one prays, he grasps how weak and humble he is before God, and perceives that no one except God can ever help him. The sincerity and candidness in one's prayer depends on how desperately he is in need.

For example, everybody prays to God for peace in the world. Yet someone who is desperate in the middle of a war would pray more earnestly and humbly to God. Similarly, people, during a storm in a ship or in an airplane in danger of crashing, would beg humbly to God. They will be sincere and submissive in their prayer. God relates this fact in a verse as follows:

{Say: 'Who rescues you from the darkness of the land and sea? You call on Him humbly and secretly: "If you rescue us from this, we will truly be among the thankful.} (Al-An'am 6: 63)

In the Quran, God commands man to pray with humility:

{Call on your Lord humbly and secretly. He does not love those who overstep the limits.} (Al-A'raf 7: 55)

In another verse, God states that He answers the calls of the oppressed and those who are in need:

{He Who responds to the oppressed when they call on Him and removes their distress, and makes you inheritors of the earth. Is there another deity besides God? How little you pay heed!} (An-Naml 27: 62)

No doubt, one does not necessarily have to face death to implore God and to pray to Him in need. These examples are given so as to make people have a grasp of the mood with which to pray sincerely and ponder over the moment of death, when one can no longer be heedless and definitely turn to God with an inner sincerity. Believers who are wholeheartedly devoted to God, on the other hand, being aware of their weaknesses and feeling the need, always turn sincerely to God even if they are not in a situation of death or life. This is an important characteristic which distinguishes them from disbelievers and those of poor faith.

Not Setting Any Limits on Praying

... everything is easy for God and He hears and knows every prayer.

A person can ask God for anything within the limits of the permissible (halal). This is because, as mentioned earlier, God is the only ruler and owner of the entire universe; and if He wills, He grants man anything He desires. Every person who turns to God and prays to Him should credit God's power to do anything and "be firm in supplication" (Al Bukhari) as Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said. He needs to know that it is easy for Him to fulfill any wish, and He will grant a person's request if there is anything good for that person in his prayer.

Prayers of Prophets and true believers mentioned in the Quran set an example to believers about the subjects they can ask from God. For example, the Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) prayed to God for a pleasing heir and God answered his prayer despite his wife's barrenness:

{When he called on his Lord in secret and said, 'My Lord, my bones have lost their strength and my head is crowned with white, but in calling on You, My Lord, I have never been disappointed. I fear my relatives when I am gone and my wife is barren, so give me an heir from You to be my inheritor and the inheritor of the family of Jacob (Ya'qub), and make him, my Lord, pleasing to You.} (Maryam 19: 3-6)

God answered the Prophet Zachariah's prayer and gave him the good news of the Prophet John (Yahya) (peace be upon him). Having received the tidings of a son, the Prophet Zachariah was surprised since his wife was barren. The answer of God to the Prophet Zachariah reveals a secret which believers should always keep in mind:

{He said, 'My Lord! How can I have a boy when my wife is barren and I have reached advanced old age?' He said, 'It will be so! Your Lord says, "That is easy for me to do. I created you before, when you were not anything.} (Maryam 19: 8-9)

There are many other prophets mentioned in the Quran whose prayers were answered. For example, the Prophet Noah (peace be upon him) asked God to inflict a torment on his people, who went astray despite his best efforts to guide them to the right path. As an answer to his prayer, God inflicted a great torment on them which went down in history.

The Prophet Job (Aiyub) (peace be upon him) called out to God because of his distress, saying: {... Great harm has afflicted me and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful} (Al-Anbiya' 21: 83). The response to the Prophet Job's prayer is related as follows:

{We responded to him and removed from him the harm, which was afflicting him and restored his family to him, and the same again with them, as a mercy direct from Us and a Reminder to all worshippers.} (Al-Anbiya' 21: 84)

God answered the Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) who prayed: {My Lord, forgive me and give me a kingdom the like of which will never be granted to anyone after me. Truly You are the Ever-Giving.} (Sad 38: 35). And God bestowed a great power and wealth on him.

Accordingly, those who pray should keep in mind the verse {His command when He wills a thing, is just to say to it ‘Be’, and it is.} (Ya-Sin 36:82)

As stated in the verse, everything is easy for God and He hears and knows every prayer.

Source: Book titled (Some Secrets of the Quran) - http://www.harunyahya.com - Republished with slight editorial modifications.
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Harun Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied fine arts at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, he has published many books on political, faith-related, and scientific issues.

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