They asked: "What are those ten issues?"
Ibrahim Adham replied:
01: First and foremost you have accepted Allah (SWT) but have not repaid His claim.
02: You have recited the Noble Qur'an but have not practiced it.
03: You profess your love of the Holy Prophet of Islam (saw), but are opposed to his Household (as).
04: You claim to have enmity with Shaitan (Satan) but in practice you are in agreement with him.
05: You say that you are fond of heaven but in order to enter heaven you have not done anything.
06: You said that you were afraid of the Hell Fire, but have thrown your bodies into it.
07: You were busy slandering and criticizing people but were ignorant of your own shortcomings and faults.
08: You said that you didn't like the world but are greedily following it.
09: You confess to the reality of death but don't prepare yourself for it.
10: You have buried the dead but haven't taken a lesson or guidance from it.
These are the 10 practices (Ten Reasons) which cause prayers to remain unanswered.
"Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when YOU ARE IN TROUBLE,
It is a steering wheel that keeps you on the right path throughout your life."
Muhammadin an-Nabiyyi al-ummiyyi,
Wa 'ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim.
(O Allah, send your peace and blessings
upon our Prophet Muhammad,
and upon his family and companions.)
My sins are like
The highest mountain;
My good deeds
Are very few
They are like small pebbles.
I turn to You
My heart full of shame,
My eyes full of tears.
Forgiveness and Mercy
Send your peace and blessings
On the Final Prophet,
And his family,
And those who follow him.