One day Ibrahim Adham was passing through the bazaar in the city of Basra when he was surrounded by people who said to him: "O Ibrahim! Allah has stated in the miraculous Qur'an that: "Call Me and thou shall be answered"; we call upon Him bout our prayer is not answered.
Ibrahim said: "The reason is because your hearts have died due to ten things so that your supplications have no sincerity as your hearts are not pure and free of contamination."
They asked: "What are those ten issues?" He replied:
01:- First and foremost you have accepted Allah but have not repaid His claim.
02:- You have recited the miraculous Qur'an but have not practised it.
03:- You profess your love of the Prophet of Allah (S.A.W.), but are opposed to his Household (A.S.).
04:- You claim to have enmity with 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 Fire of Hell, but have thrown your bodies in to 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 which cause prayers to remain unanswered.