Principles of the acceptance of prayer

17th January 2020

My Compassionate Master, God Almighty, has promised me clearly:

“I will accept your every prayer.”

The Promised Messiah of all World Religions --- His Holiness Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (pbuh)

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) – Promised Messiah and Mahdi

However, I am well aware that the word “every” refers to those prayers which, if accepted, cause no harm. On the contrary, where Allah the Almighty desires improvement and reform, rejecting a prayer is also a form of acceptance. At times, a person is unsuccessful in achieving the result of their prayer. One surmises that God Almighty has rejected their supplication, even though He has actually accepted the person’s entreaty and acceptance is manifested in the form of a disapproval. In the specific case at hand, behind the apparent veil, in reality, the real advantage and benefit lies in the supplicant’s prayer being rejected. Since man is short-sighted and lacks foresight, giving importance to outward appearance, it is advisable that when he prays to Allah the Exalted and does not receive a result that seems apparently beneficial to his own preconceived notion, he should not think ill of God and conclude that his prayer has been rejected. God Almighty hears the prayer of every supplicant.

“Pray unto Me; I will answer your prayer.”

The mystery and secret is that the greatest good and benefit for the supplicant lies in their prayer being refused. This is the principle of prayer.

In the acceptance of prayer, Allah the Exalted is not subject to our thoughts and desires. One may observe how dear a mother holds her child. She desires that no harm should come to her child. But if a child should cry and insist upon the absurd idea that they be handed a sharp dagger or a bright and glowing piece of coal, would the mother, despite her true love and compassion, ever approve of her child taking hold of a flaming piece of coal and subsequently burning their hand, or cutting their hand on the sharp blade of a dagger? Of course not.

The underlying principle in the acceptance of prayer can be understood in light of this example. I am myself experienced in this regard. Where a detrimental aspect exists in a certain prayer, it is not accepted in the least. One can easily understand that our knowledge is not definitive and without its faults.

There are many things we do with great pleasure, considering them to be blessed, and in our own view we consider their outcomes to be blessed as well, but ultimately they turn into a grief and affliction that clings to us.

Hence, it cannot be said that all the desires of man are free from harm if fulfilled. Man is but a mixture of faults and errors; thus, as one would assume, and as is the case, some of his desires are injurious. If Allah the Exalted were to accept such desires, this would clearly contravene divine mercy. It is a matter quite sure and certain that Allah the Exalted accepts the prayers of his servants and confers upon them the honour of acceptance, but not every foolish desire. Inner emotion blinds a person to what is best in the long run and moves one to pray to their own detriment.

However, Allah Almighty, who desires the best for us in the truest sense and sees the ultimate end of all matters, rejects the prayer which He knows would bring about harm and detriment for the supplicant if it was accepted.

This rejection of prayer actually constitutes an acceptance. Hence, those prayers which do not compromise the safety of mankind from calamity and adversity are accepted, and harmful supplications are accepted by God in the form of a rejection. I have received the following revelation countless times:

“I will accept your every prayer.”

In other words, this means that any supplication that is, in essence, beneficial and advantageous will be accepted. When I reflect over this point, my soul becomes satiated with pleasure and delight.

The first time that I received this revelation, about 25 or 30 years ago, I was immensely delighted that Allah the Almighty would accept those supplications of mine which I would make for my own person or my dear ones. Thereafter, I understood that even the slightest miserliness must not be exercised by me in this regard, because this is a divine favour and Allah the Exalted has described the righteous in the following words:

“And they spend out of what We have provided for them.”

Hence, I follow an established practice for my friends, whether they remind me or not; whether they inform me of a serious matter or not, I regularly pray for their welfare in matters pertaining to their worldly and spiritual affairs.

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 1, pp. 101-103)


23 replies

    • very wrong. See how Ahmadiyyat is spreading all over the world ! Sometimes Allah’s ways are mysterious. If Ahmadiyyat were not persecuted in Pakistan the Khalifa would not have moved to London and we would not have now Muslim Television Ahmadiyya 24 hours per day worldwide … We are gaining many new members daily through ! Alhamdolillah.

      • in fact the late General Zia ul Haq is the largest promoter of Ahmadiyyat ! (ha ha ha) his program of eliminating Ahmadiyyat ‘backfired’ totally. Instead of earning 10’000 Pak Rs. per month the members now earn 10’000 Euros per month and pay monthly contribution according to that amount. Ah well …

      • I strongly believe that MGA really wants to come back to his country, Pakistan he loves so much. He prays to God every day, 5 X a day for help, but God do not accept it. Why ?

        There is no garantee his prayer will be accepted it by God.

        Sorry Rafiq for criticizing your Imam

      • I feel sorry for you. Just looking at the face of our Imam we love him so much. Look at our enemies! Personally just looking at the loving face of our Imam is enough and I can tell he is blessed by Allah. Reminds me years ago I was discussing with an enemy of Ahmadiyyat. I told him ‘watch MTA and then we can discuss what you find wrong’. His answer was: That Khalifa of yours, with his golden smile he is deceiving the world. (That was during Khalifa IV time, may he rest in peace). Ah well, if that is the only objection that people have then so be it. As for me I believe the golden smile of our Khalifas are the blessed ‘NOOR’ (light) that Allah bestows on them.

  1. I agree with you 100 per cent that your Imam is much much better than Imam of Muslim Extremist who have unpleasant face—hatred face etc

    Even though he is human like us who can make mistakes and his mistake can deceive his followers.

    What thing I disagree with your Imam is that his followers have to give some money or property to him as obligation every month or year. Why?

    Whereas Islam prohibit to ask for money
    Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided. Q.36:(21)

    And O my people! I ask of you no wealth therefor. My reward is the concern only of Allah, Q.11:29.
    That is what I concern with your Imam.
    I am sorry to criticize your Imam. I tell the truth.

    • The money does not go to the imam. He lives a simple life. No Bentleys like some ‘Gurus’. Yes, the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya does need some funds. We happily donate towards its upkeep.

      • God warn Imam as follow

        —and part not with My revelations for a trifling price, and keep your duty unto Me. (Q.2: 41)

        Allah and the Apostle reminded his followers several times not to follow Scholars or Imam who demand some money from his followers.

        That is my concern with your Imam. Sorry again to critisize your Imam who love so much. I have to tell the truth.

      • Rafiq— Do you have another interpretation of these verses ?

        Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided. Q.36:(21)

        And O my people! I ask of you no wealth therefor. My reward is the concern only of Allah, Q.11:29.
        Please explain it to us
        I learn it from you.

      • and will have many articles / programs on this topic.

        some here:


        and: ‘So fear Allah as best you can, and listen, and obey, and spend in His cause; it would be good for yourselves. And whoso is saved from his own covetousness – it is these who shall be successful. If you lend to Allah a good loan, He will multiply it for you, and will forgive you; and Allah is Most Appreciating, Forbearing,’ (64: 17- 18)

      • I agree this verse absolutely but it is better help poor people who really need help— not for Ustadz, Habib and Imam.

        Islamic scholars haram recieve money from followers who listen your Dakwaa.

        Many Uatadz, Habib and Imam who recieve money $ 2000 for one speech—fantastic

        Ustadz, Habib and Imam become rich, wealth and then he can marriage 2,4 wives.
        That is why God prohibit to sell verses or religion !

  2. Yes —I read the Financial sacrificed .

    Whereas Allah and Prophet prohibit to collect money from followers.

    Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided. Q.36:(21)

    And O my people! I ask of you no wealth therefor. My reward is the concern only of Allah, Q.11:29.
    Please explain it to us
    I learn it from you.

  3. Qoute: we like to stick to our voluntary contribution system.—-
    the voluntary contribution is not true — the truth is a “ must” or obligatory contribution even poor Ahmadiyyah have to donate some money or his property every month or year— if not he feel quilty or Sin.

    Whereas Prophet did not it, why Ahmadiyyah does not follow his sunnah, his sunnah is a role model for us to spread Islam.

    Can you respond it? Do not delete my comment.!
    Sorry for critisizing your Imam.
    With love ❤️

    • We do not criticize our Imam. We learn from him. Would be nice if you would too. As stated before, contributions are suggested, recommended, for reasons given in the links I showed you. We are following the teachings of the Prophet (peace be on him) who also recommended donations. Look at the links please.

      • Rafiq, Ohhh I have learned a lot from him— but he is not God, he is man like us, he can make a sin tooo
        What I see his mistake according to Al Quran is that he impose his followers to donate their money or property every month or years as you call voluntary contrabution—financial sacrifices—

        So I feel that Ahmadiyyah Muslim are not free anymore—If they do not do it they feel quilty or big sin—

        Whereas Prophet did not do such the finacial sacrifices, EXCEPT on war time where money or property are needed . We are not at war—but peaceful time.
        If we really love prophet do not do what he did not do it!!
        May Allah guide your Imam to the right path on finacial case. Amin🙏

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