Pearl of Wisdom

Someone came to Imam al-Sadiq (AS) and told him that there was a group of people who were disobeying Allah, but at the same time they were saying that they hoped [in His mercy], and remained thus until death overtook them. Imam (AS) said, 'These are people who swing back and forth between their desires. They are lying and are not really hopeful, for the one who hopes for something seeks it, and the one who fears something flees from it.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 68, no. 5

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Question : #789 Category: Salaat / Prayers
Subject: Acceptance of Prayers
Question: As Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmutullah Wa Barakatu,

I have been a Muslim for two years now and I have a hard time with the rules concerning foods. I recently had some Turkey Ham and did not research the company to see if it was halal. I was just told that if you consume haram meats that your prayers/supplications will not be answered for 40 days. I thought that only applied to alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc. If I knew that my prayers/supplications wouldn't be answered for 40 days I would have definitely reconsidered eating that meat. My questions are:

1. Do I fall into the category of Ignorant?
2. Were my prayers/supplications not accepted?
3. Do I need to make up my prayers for the 40 days?

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

Jazakallah Khair
Answer: salamun aleakum wa rahmatullah.
as you said and because you didn't know the practical low about this issue you have to say astaghferullah (asking Alllah SWT for forgiveness)and do not participate this again.
inshaallah your prayers and supplications will be accepted if you ask allah SWT for the forgiveness and you never repeat that again.
and you do not need to make make up your prayers agin


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