However, there may be circumstances that keep this obstacle from preventing the responses to supplication. Committing prohibited acts also prevents response to supplication. Just as not performing that which is obligatory, (such as shunning pursuing good and forbidding evil, as was mentioned in the hadeeth) prevents an answer to supplication, performing acts of obedience is a cause for their answer.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said: “This Khutbah is a Knot between the Islamic system and Faith”
Shaykh Muhammad Naasir al-Deen al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) said: “This is the same khutbah that the pious predecessors would begin their lessons, books and various affairs with”
We should not make worldly benefits the be-all and end-all, because that will lead to a weakening of sincerity and failure to seek the Hereafter.
Righteous actions are only according to righteous intentions, and a good intention does not make something which is futile correct. This is because intentions alone cannot make an action correct, but rather complying with the Sharee’ah (Prescribed Laws) must be added to that.
Ibaadah is a collective term for everything which Allaah loves and is pleased with from among the words and actions.
How to remove the things that may prevent the du’aa’ reaching Allaah or being answered…