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    How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship


    Waswas can become a very serious issue and it may take away the pleasure in worship and instead replace it with constant worry whether a person did Wudu or Salaah properly. It can become a very serious issue as a person will feel overwhelmed by paranoia with regards to theri worship and will always feel a sense of inadequacy.

    In worship terms Waswas means always have doubts about ones worship and not be sure of anything relating to worship as there is always a doubt there and this serious disease and illness is caused by shaythan.

    What are some of the symptoms of waswas?

    -You pray and then be not sure if you did.

    - You waste too much water and long time in wudu and ghusl.

    - You pray more than the number of rakats and do the sahu sujud every time. Even you pray more than once.

    - you are not sure if your clothes are clean and every moment change your clothes.

    - You follow the tiny things that are not even seen by eyes to clean them and remove them.

    - You worry too much and feel your worship is not complete.

    - You ask strange questions that people feel amazed about and show strange behavior for example: someone walks with shoes on the carpet until the spot where she prays just because she is not sure if the land is clean.

    - You spend a very long time in the bathroom, just washing.

    - You are not sure of any worship you did is complete.

    And many other strange things that can tell you are suffering form waswas.

    Waswas can become a serious problem especially if a person suffers from it constantly. Shaythan keeps putting doubts in ones mind and keeps telling the person that their prayer or wudu ghusl etc are not valid and that you have missed something out or not done it proprly and so you should do it again.

    Your clothes are not clean, wash them again and so on. The person keeps falling for this and by this time shaythan knows that this has become the persons weakness so shaythan is able to attack the person in many different angles.

    Eventually shaythan will go onto more serious matters of faith until he tries to convince a person that "Are you sure Allah exists"? Or shaythan tries to cast doubts in the mind of a person by convincing them that they had shirk thoughts and so they must do the shahada again because they have now become a kaafir and are out of the fold of Islam.

    Here are some real stories of people having waswas problem:

    A woman said: For 16 years, I everyday have shower and take shahada because I suddenly feel I am not sure, I am Muslim.

    A guy said: For years I pray and think I did not until I stopped praying at all.

    A woman said: I used to pray the prayer and keep repeating it until the next prayer.

    The best way's to resolve Extreme cases of waswas are:

    1. Waswas can occur with pretty much any practising Muslim particularly if they do not have sufficient knowledge of Islam and matters pertaining to fiqhi rulings.

    They care so much about wanting to worship right and please Allah and get so worried whether their deed has been accepted or not by Allah but the fact is they just do not know enough about Islam especially fiqhi matters.

    So it is VERY important to learn about Fiqh and various other aspects of Islam. Knowledge is key to eradicating this problem from your life!

    Join some fiqh classes face to face or online. Learn about other important aspects of Islam to. keep learning, learning and learning and you watch how these evil thoughts dissapear inshallah.

    2. JUST IGNORE shaythans whispers. He will keep telling you your worship is incorrect or you have missed out something in your salaah then you must NOT repeat the Salaah again.

    When you have done Wudu and something tells you that you have missed out something or have not done it properly then IGNORE those whispers.

    If shaythan tells you to do ghusl again because you never did it properly then IGNORE and NEVER obey these evil and deceptive whispers!

    If shaythan tries to tell you that you have attributed partners with Allah and that you have done shirk then IGNORE IT. He wants you to lose your faith and think that you have committed blasphemy when you have not done anything of the sort. if the mind wanders sometimes then that is fine all of our minds wander.

    Sayyiduna Abu Haraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that once a group of people came to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) and asked: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: Yes, they replied. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: (Sahih Muslim).

    So these are signs of faith and ultimately, we are not held to account for these thoughts. However, we will be held to account if we act on these thoughts.

    Shaythan will then try to make you think that you did act on these feelings when all you did was involuntarily wandered about them in your mind. Even if they did linger in your mind it does not mean you acted on it. Almost all of us have random thoughts and absurdities going on in our minds all of the time it does not mean we necesserily believe what we thought of.

    Do NOT ever give in to these thoughts for shaythan is just trying to be clever but knowledge will give on the upper hand!

    Whenever you get these whispers then just think: IT IS SHAYTHAN TRYING TO DECIEVE ME AND PUT ME OFF MY WORSHIP!

    3. Once you have completed Wudu then move on and ignore whatever shaythan tells you regardless of how serious it sounds. You have completed it and there is no need to think of it anymore. Once you have completed your Salaah then move on and continue with the next one or get on with whatever you are doing with your day or evening. Do not think about it and ignore any thoughts associated with the worship you have just done.

    Whatever you have completed is done and is over and there is NOTHING more you can do about it so do not think back that you could have done this or that or whether you need to repeat it etc. These doubts will not affect the prayer or wudu etc which you have completed so disregard and reject the whispers that tell you otherwise.

    These are all tricks of shaythan and you need to realise what his angles are. You need to play him at his own game and that way you will have the upper hand everytime!

    Just think of what you need to do to please Allah and do not be extreme in religion.

    4. Who decides whether your worship will be complete or not? Shaythan or Allah? So by listening to the whispers of shaythan then you are simply obeying Shaythan over Allah! Therefore we must ignore his evil whispers and realise that ONLY Allah can accept our deeds so we should obey Allah and ignore these waswas.

    5. If you get waswas then recite the following:

    A'udhu billaahi minashaythanirajeem


    La Hawla Wala Quwatha Illah billahil aliyyil Adheem

    Also recite the four Quls Morning and evening and Ayatul Kursi Morning, before going to sleep and after every prayer.

    If shaythan whispers to you in prayer then look lft and spittle and recite A'udhu billaahi minashaythanirajeem

    thank Allah, wholeheartedly, for enabling you to overcome your desires and shaytan [saying, Alhamdulillah

    Trans: O my Lord! I seek your protection from the instigations of devils and I also seek your protection from that they (ever) come to me.

    6. Why disobey Allah and listen to shaythans whispers? By constantly repeating wudu, salaah and wasting so much time then we are going against Allah and instead listening to shaythans evil whispers. The fact is Allah wants you to reject the waswas but shaythan wants you to accept them, then who will you listen to? The choice is yours...

    A desert Arab came to Allah's Apostle and asked him about ablution. He demonstrated (washing each part of his body) thrice, and then said: That is (the method) of the ablution. And he who does more than this has done wrong, transgressed the limit and has oppressed (himself). (Tirmidhi #417 , Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, and Abu Dawud)

    This hadith proves that one does NOT need to keep repeating the wudu over and over for no reason just because shaythan is telling us to repeat it. We would then transgress and oppress ourselves by doing so! Sameway one does not have to repeat the ghusl or prayers again and again for no reason just because shaythan tells us to. We are praying for Allah so shaythan has NO say in it and NEVER has!

    7. It is unlikely that you will not be able to conquer waswas overnight. Shaythan will not give up so easily for he will try and make you feel like you just don't care anymore about your worship or shirk etc but again this is just one of his many tactics that he uses to try and put off Allah's worshippers and so know that you know the different angels then you are now more equiped to fight these evil whispers.

    There are many more different angles that the shaythan will use but they will all be similar in nature, so if you follow these tips then eventually you will be able to eradicate this disease out of your life FOREVER! and start to enjoy your worship of Allah again Inshallah.

    So countract all of these negative thoughts that you get after worship with positive thoughts and realise that ONLY Allah can accept your deeds and knows what is in your heart not Shaythan for he is just a deciever!

    Allah Most High has promised,

    And Allah knows best in all matters

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    Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

    Combatting the whispers of shaythan:

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      Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

      JazakAllahkhayr i needed to read this.


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        Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

        Shaythan CANNOT decide if your worship is accepted or not, ONLY ALLAH CAN!

        Imprint this in your minds whenever you get any type of paranoia about worship. Surely shaythan does not know what is in our hearts. He cannot decide if our purification or worship is accepted or good enough or not. To him nothing good that we do will ever be good enough because he hates it when we do good. Therefore ignore shaythan who is our sworn enemy and know that he has NO say in whether our wudu, ghusl or any worship we do is good enough or accepted or not. He is decieving us into think it is not good enough and will not be accepted. Who is he to tell us this? NO ONE! So ignore him and do not listen to him. Know that as long as we try our best to do a good wudu and ghusl and worship him in the best way that we can then that is good enough for Allah. After that get on with making the best of each second of our lives and IGNORE YOUR ENEMY SHAYTHAN!
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          Dua to ward off the deception of the Obstinate Shaytaans

          The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم Protecting Himself from the Shayaateen

          Ja’far bin Sulaymaan ad-Duba’ee narrated: Aboo at-Tayyaaj narrated to us, he said: “I said to ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Khanbash at-Tameemee – and he was an old man – ‘did you reach the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم (during his lifetime)?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘So I said: How did the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم act on the night the shayaateen plotted against him?’ So he said: ‘Indeed the shayaateen descended that night upon the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم from the valleys and mountain paths, and amongst them was a shaytaan, in his hand was a flame of fire, wanting to burn the face of Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم with it. So Jibreel - عليه السلام - descended to h im and said: ‘O Muhammad! Say:

          'A'oodhu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaatil-latee laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun
          min sharri maa khalaqa,wa bara'a wa dhara'a,
          wa min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa'i,
          wa min sharri maa ya'ruju feehaa,
          wa min sharri maa dhara'a fil-ardhi,
          wa min sharri maa yakhruju minhaa,
          wa min sharri fitanil-layli wannahaari,
          wa min sharri kulli taariqin 'illaa taariqan yatruqu bikhayrin yaa Rahmaan

          (( I seek refuge by the complete, perfect words of Allaah, which no righteous one nor wicked one can exceed, from the evil of what He has created, and from the evil of what descends from the heavens, and from the evil of what ascends to them, and from the evil of what is sown in the earth and is created, and from the evil of what comes out from it, and from the evil of the fitan of the night and the day, and from the evil of everyone who comes knocking, except for the one who comes knocking with khayr, O Rahmaan! ))

          So it (this du’aa) extinguished their fire, and Allaah تبارك و تعالى defeated them.” (as-Suyootee in al-Jaami’ al-Kabeer (1/11/2) to Ahmad, and at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer, and Ibnus-Sunnee in ‘Amalul-Yawmi wal-Laylah from ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Khanbash, and from Ahmad (3/319), and Ibnus-Sunnee (631) from Ja’far bin Sulaymaan ad-Duba’ee from Aboo at-Tayyaa)
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            JazakAllah..i really have this problem of forgetting how many salahs i did...and so i repeat it again.Yet its no big deal...repeating is better than not doing it.


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              jazakallah khayr


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                Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

                Originally posted by lighteningzz View Post
                JazakAllah..i really have this problem of forgetting how many salahs i did...and so i repeat it again.Yet its no big deal...repeating is better than not doing it.
                You got to be careful here .If you think on that basis then you will eternally be stuck in this cycle and can affect the quality of your prayers.
                Is it salahs or number of rakaths you have the issue with.

                Remember Islam is simple so lets keep it simple.
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                  Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

                  I was once experienced a lot of waswas in my youth that I had to repeat shalaah until it became abnormal. So after I realized that it's waswas thought and unreal, everytime I did shalaah and all the pagan images flashes in my head, I'll go tell affirmation : "yeah yeah go to hell, satans! You can flash me anything you want but it's you who carried the sins, not me. So go on, flash me! Mwahahahahahh!!!"

                  Then one time again, it was the feeling that I was farting in my shalaah, until I attended a scholar's lecture and he said it's not farting if no sound and smell, and he referred a hadith. So I ignored the feeling, and finally it's gone.

                  If you serve the waswas, you only make satan happy and adding you more waswas. So just ignore it and it'll gone.
                  And all the heavens go their way.... And only change is here to stay...


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                    Therapy as treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

                    The most effective treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder is often cognitive-behavioral therapy. Antidepressants are sometimes used in conjunction with therapy, although medication alone is rarely effective in relieving the symptoms of OCD.

                    Cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

                    Cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involves two components:
                    • Exposure and response prevention

                    • Cognitive therapy focuses on the catastrophic thoughts and exaggerated sense of responsibility you feel. A big part of cognitive therapy for OCD is teaching you healthy and effective ways of responding to obsessive thoughts, without resorting to compulsive behaviour.

                    Four Steps for Conquering Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

                    Psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz, author of Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, offers the following four steps for dealing with OCD:
                    • RELABEL

                    • REATTRIBUTE

                    • REFOCUS

                    • REVALUE

                    Source: Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders

                    Family therapy for OCD treatment

                    Because OCD often causes problems in family life and social adjustment, family therapy can often be beneficial.
                    • Family therapy promotes understanding of the disorder and can help reduce family conflicts.
                    • It can motivate family members and teach them how to help their loved one.

                    Group therapy for OCD treatment

                    Through interaction with fellow OCD sufferers, group therapy provides support and encouragement and decreases feelings of isolation.

                    Self-help for OCD tip 1: Challenge obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors

                    If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), there are many ways you can help yourself in addition to seeking therapy.

                    Refocus your attention

                    Learn to recognize and reduce stress

                    Watch 4-min. video: Quick Stress Relief
                    • You could exercise, jog, walk, listen to music, read, surf the web, play a video game, make a phone call, or knit. The important thing is to do something you enjoy for at least 15 minutes, in order to delay your response to the obsessive thought or compulsion.

                    • At the end of the delaying period, reassess the urge. In many cases, the urge will no longer be quite as intense. Try delaying for a longer period. The longer you can delay the urge, the more it will likely change.

                    Write down your obsessive thoughts or worries

                    Keep a pad and pencil on you, or type on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. When you begin to obsess, write down all your thoughts or compulsions.

                    • Writing it all down will help you see just how repetitive your obsessions are.

                    • Writing down the same phrase or urge hundreds of times will help it lose its power.

                    • Writing thoughts down is much harder work than simply thinking them, so your obsessive thoughts are likely to disappear sooner.

                    Anticipate OCD urges

                    Create an OCD worry period

                    Rather than trying to suppress obsessions or compulsions, develop the habit of rescheduling them.

                    Create a tape of your OCD obsessions

                    Focus on one specific worry or obsession and record it to a tape recorder, laptop, or smartphone.
                    • Recount the obsessive phrase, sentence, or storyexactly as it comes into your mind.

                    • Play the tape back to yourself, over and over for a 45-minute period each day, until listening to the obsession no longer causes you to feel highly distressed.

                    • By continuously confronting your worry or obsession you will gradually become less anxious. You can then repeat the exercise for a different obsession.

                    Self-help for OCD tip 2: Take care of yourself

                    A healthy, balanced lifestyle plays a big role in keeping OCD behavior, fears, and worry at bay.

                    Practice relaxation techniques
                    • Mindful meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and other stress-relief techniques may help reduce the symptoms of anxiety brought on by OCD.

                    • Try to practice a relaxation technique for at least 30 minutes a day.

                    Adopt healthy eating habits

                    Start the day right with breakfast, and continue with frequent small meals throughout the day. Going too long without eating leads to low blood sugar, which can make you feel more anxious.
                    • Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Not only do complex carbs stabilize blood sugar, they also boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter with calming effects.

                    Exercise regularly

                    Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment that helps to control OCD symptoms by refocusing your mind when obsessive thoughts and compulsions arise.

                    Avoid alcohol and nicotine

                    Alcohol temporarily reduces anxiety and worry, but it actually causes anxiety symptoms as it wears off. Similarly, while it may seem that cigarettes are calming, nicotine is actually a powerful stimulant. Smoking leads to higher, not lower, levels of anxiety and OCD symptoms.

                    Get enough sleepSelf-help for OCD tip 3: Reach out for supportStay connected to family and friendsJoin an OCD support groupHelping a loved one with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)Tips for helping a friend or family member with OCD
                    • Negative comments or criticism can make OCD worse,

                    • Be as kind and patient as possible.

                    • Helping the sufferer with rituals will only reinforce the behavior. Support the person, not their rituals.

                    • Create a pact to not allow OCD to take over family life.

                    • Communicate positively, directly and clearly. Communication is important so you can find a balance between standing up to the OCD and not further distressing your loved one.

                    • Find the humor. Seeing the humor and absurdity in some OCD symptoms can help the sufferer become more detached from the disorder. Of course, a situation is only humorous if the sufferer finds it funny, too.

                    Last edited by hamza81; 01-12-14, 02:28 PM.
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                      Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

                      All About Waswasa and How to Overcome It

                      We have to distinguish between two different types of conditions.

                      One is an actual clinical diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. People who have this disorder often become religious to the point of disorder as well. This is called religiosity. Don’t get that confused with being very, very devout.

                      These are actual mental conditions that cause the individual’s mind to obsessively think about something to the point where they cannot think about other things, and it causes them to be dysfunctional and unable to function normally throughout their day. This condition is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. This is why so often, the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors combined with symptom management is often helpful.

                      On the other hand, sometimes a person is simply going through a spiritual development process and is feeling the weight of his or her sin and is in a process of cleansing him or herself.In such a situation, if this individual is surrounded with mature loving spiritual friends who can teach him or her about the Love and forgiveness and all-embracing comfort of ALLAH, this person can pass through this spiritual development phase well.

                      The extra focus on making sure you are doing things “right” is part of the learning process. Once mastered, the person can relax and will feel better about him or herself.

                      The spiritual development should be rising toward a personal relationship between the individual and ALLAH. The more connected a person feels to the Creator the better he or she feels about him or herself and this individual will be able to experience him or herself as pure.

                      Spiritual growth is natural and most of us on the path have felt the weight of our wrong doing, been motivated to change, and had a fervent desire to be with ALLAH. Once we feel confident that we have changed, then we perceive ourselves differently. Once our focus is no longer on our own self, but is on ALLAH and how to please ALLAH, we have all of our burdens lifted and relax.

                      Still there are some individuals who believe that ALLAH is a cruel and merciless being out there that only wants to catch us doing something wrong. An anthropomorphic view of a tyrant ALLAH can cause an individual to become very fearful and live life chained to that fear. Scripture attests to the Love of ALLAH, the Mercy of ALLAH. Scripture refers to ALLAH as our Creator, Benevolent, and our Friend.

                      To help a person who perceived ALLAH in a negative way, we can show this individual the scriptures that show how much we are loved by ALLAH and that our suffering is measured by the distance between our heart and focus from ALLAH. The extent that we perceive anything to be about our own self is the exact extent that we will suffer. Not because ALLAH is a bad God, but rather because this is a universal law and basic spiritual principle, much like gravity is a law of this Planet Earth.

                      When we read about the laws of ALLAH, understand them in this way and you will also understand that the revelation of His laws are only for the purpose of saving us from heartache and suffering because following them brings us closer to Him. Natural consequences of failing to follow a law of ALLAH does not mean that we are being abandoned by ALLAH… it only means that we failed to follow the law. We can self-correct with the Love and Guidance of ALLAH. This is the Grace of ALLAH.

                      Connect your heart and your soul back to its source… the Source of ALL That Exists in this world and in the worlds to come… the beginning and the end…through eternity, all powerful and infinite… connect to ALLAH and focus on ALLAH and you will greatly reduce your suffering and you will see your own self as a beautiful creation of ALLAH, a spiritual being here on this Earth for a short while, only to do His will.

                      Contemplating your place in the world in this manner will reduce the negative thoughts and beliefs that a person has about ALLAH while adjusting his or her own self-perception as well. By putting things in perspective, we can try to be kind to ourselves and relax as me allow our spirituality to naturally unfold and to grow in the way that ALLAH would have us grow. ALLAH is ALL KOWING so, undoubtedly, He knows where we are in our Soul development.

                      With that said, if our intention is good and we love ALLAH with all our heart, our actions follow… we can only do the best we can with the tools that we have available. If ALLAH created us, we have no right to judge ourselves. If ALLAH can have such great love for us, as we are… for we were created perfect… then we can stop worrying about our own condition so much and shift our focus in joy to serving ALLAH… all that we desire for His sake will be given to us.
                      These are attitudes to adopt and they will increase a person’s ability to relax. It is in reducing the worry and self-judging and fear based on false beliefs that will change the patterns of negative thinking.

                      A person can also use thought stopping and thought replacement and that is what I mentioned when I discussed using positive scripture. A person can make a conscious effort to be aware of when he or she is thinking in the negative manner and pull out a scripture that reminds him or her of this love and kindness of ALLAH. Keeping little papers with scriptures written on them handy, so that once you become aware of having a negative thought, you read it, can help you to erase the negative patterns in your mind and replace them with the truth.

                      By changing your thought patterns, your behavior will also change. If you do not have a chemical imbalance, but only negative conditioning in your mind, you can easily do this work.

                      However, if you have been conditioned to believe that you are a bad person, or unworthy of the love of ALLAH, you will also want to work on reframing your self-perception. You might want to get counseling for this so that you can have help challenging your distorted self-beliefs and replace them with the truth about who you are as a human being.

                      Remember, at our core, we are pure as we were born pure and good. Everything that ALLAH Created is GOOD. It is uncovering the layers of ignorance that we acquire through the years and getting back to this core self where we are pure being that we learn how beloved we are as created beings of ALLAH. Realizing this will change your thought patterns and your behaviors and free you to live for ALLAH without becoming obsessive or compulsive. It will strengthen your faith, and you will have protection from the whispers of Shaytan. It is a journey of discovery but well worth the travel, and you get there by putting one foot in front of the other.

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                        Overcoming Waswas - OCD from an invisible angle

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                            Re: How to overcome Waswas (shaythans whispers) in worship

                            What do you do if you hear whispers (wiswaas)?

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                              A man is experiencing waswas (insinuating whispers) from the Shaytan (devil) having to do with Allah, and he is very afraid of that.

                              Praise be to Allah

                              The questioner has mentioned this problem and is afraid of its consequences. I say to him, rejoice, for its consequences cannot be anything but good. By means of this waswas, the Shaytan tries to gain control over the believers and shake the sound belief in their hearts, and make them suffer psychological and intellectual anxiety that will affect the purity of their faith and their life, if they are believers.

                              This is not the first or the last time that the believers have been exposed to this. It will continue so long as there is any believer in this world. The Sahabah/companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them) also faced this problem. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Some of the companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said to him, ‘We find in ourselves thoughts that are too terrible to speak of.’ He said, ‘Are you really suffering from that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is a clear sign of faith.’” (Muslim).

                              It was narrated in al-Saheehayn, also from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The Shaytan comes to one of you and says, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ Until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?!’ If that happens to any of you, let him seek refuge with Allah and put a stop to these thoughts.”

                              It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) that a man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said, “I think thoughts to myself, which I would rather be burnt to a cinder than speak of them.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Praise be to Allah, Who has reduced all his [the Shaytan’s] plots to mere whispers.” (Abu Dawood).

                              Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Kitab al-Eeman:
                              “The believer may suffer from the whispers of the Shaytan insinuating thoughts of kufr (disbelief), which may make him feel distressed. The Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, some of us think thoughts which we would rather fall from heaven to earth than speak of them.’ He said, ‘That is a clear sign of faith.’ According to one report, ‘… thoughts which are too terrible to speak of.’ He said, ‘Praise be to Allah, Who has reduced all his [the Shaytan’s] plots to mere whispers,’ meaning that the fact that these whispers come, but they are so greatly disliked, and they are pushed away from the heart, is a clear sign of faith. This is like the mujahid (warrior) to whom the enemy comes, but he resists him until he overwhelms him, and this is a mighty jihad (battle)… Hence the seekers of knowledge and devoted worshippers experience waswas and doubts which others do not face, because they (the others) are not following the way prescribed by Allah, rather they are following their own whims and desires and neglecting to remember their Lord. This is what the Shaytan wants, in contrast to those who are striving to draw closer to their Lord by seeking knowledge and worshipping Him. He is their enemy and seeks to prevent them from drawing closer to Allah.” (p.147 of the Indian edition)

                              I say to this questioner, if you are faced with this waswas from the Shaytan, then fight it and resist it. Know that it can never harm you when you fulfill the duty of fighting and resisting it, and you refuse to be controlled by it. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Allah will forgive my ummah (followers) for any insinuating whispers that may cross their minds, so long as they do not act upon it or speak of it.” (Agreed upon).

                              If it is said to you: Do you believe the insinuating whispers you experience? Do you think that they are true? Do you really think that Allah is like what this waswas says? You would say, “It is not right for us to speak of this. Glory be to You (O Allah)! This is a great lie” [24:16 ]. You would denounce that in your heart and with your tongue, and be the one who objects to it the most, for it is only whispers and thoughts that cross your mind. It is a trap set by the Shaytan, who flows through the son of Adam (peace be upon him) like blood flows, to make you doomed and to confuse you about your religion.

                              Hence you will find that the Shaytan does not cast doubts or suspicions into your heart about trivial matters. For example, you may hear of the existence of great cities filled with people and buildings in the east and the west, but it would never cross your mind some day to doubt that they exist or to criticize them and say that they are in ruins and unfit for habitation, or that they are uninhabited, and so on. The Shaytan has nothing to gain by making people doubt about these cities. But he does have a lot to gain by corrupting the believer’s faith, so he strives with his cavalry and his infantry to extinguish the light of knowledge and guidance in his heart and to make him fall into the darkness of doubt and confusion. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has told us of the appropriate remedy for such problems, which is to seek refuge with Allah and put a stop to it. If a person puts a stop to it and continues to worship Allah, seeking and hoping for (the reward) which is with Allah, it will stop by Allah’s leave. So turn away from all the thoughts of this kind that cross your mind. You are worshipping Allah, calling upon Him and glorifying Him, and if you were to hear anyone ascribing to Allah the things that are whispered to you (waswas), you would probably kill him if you could. So the things that are whispered to you are neither real nor true, they are merely imagination and whispers which have no basis.

                              Our advice may be summed up as follows:

                              1. Seek refuge with Allah and give up these thoughts completely, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded.

                              2. Remember Allah and control yourself and do not continue to think of these whispers.

                              3. Occupy yourself with worship and doing good deeds, in obedience to the command of Allah and seeking to please Him. When you devote yourself completely and seriously to worship, you will forget about these whispers, insha Allah.

                              4. Frequently seek refuge with Allah and make du’a (supplicate) to free you from these whispers.

                              I ask Allah to keep you safe and sound, and protect you from all evils.

                              Majmoo’ Fatawa wa Rasail Fadeelat al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaymeen, vol. 1, p.57-60

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