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I am a woman who suffers OCD( obsessive compulsive disorder) from past 5 years, due to this I have unimaginably intense waswaas (whispers from the shaytaan) from past 5 years. I have waswas in wudu (ablution) gusl (bath), salath, fasting and in all deeds. I take a long time for wudu and gusl. Always I have doubt about purity. I usually take 3 or 4 bath in a day.I usually have waswas in making Intension

For 4 months the intensity of waswas increased and I felt suddenly that I am non-Muslim. I have very bad thoughts about Allah and Prophet (saw) which I can’t say- they are very evil thoughts. These thoughts are attacking me in every moment of life. I would repeat the Shahaadatayn (testimony of faith) and kalimah of radde kufr many times but there was a feeling inside that I didn’t believe it. But I NEVER EVER DO IT. Will the evil thoughts due to waswas converts to riddath? Will the repeated taking of shahaada and kalimah radde kufr become a sin? I can’t eat study and talk properly. I had met a psychiatrist and taking medicines.

Besides, I still pray regularly, read Quran and fast. I got Islamic knowledge well at childhood and I always try to live in Islamic way. I know that the way to treat this waswaas is not to pay any attention to it, I really do that. Whenever waswas occurs, I usually say `aoodu billahi mina shaithani rrajeem` and recite Ayathul qursi, surahh Ikhlas, Muavvidathani everyday and try to move away from it. But everytime I failed and paid attention to it. I know that I am wrong. I made a lot of isthigfar and thouba.I would say “Aoodu billah” more than 500 times in a day. I am overwhelmed with waswas. I am afraid of meeting people because I can’t say ‘aoodu billah’ when I am middle of crowd.What should I do? Please advise me. I can’t get rid of these evil thoughts and I am in a state that no one knows but Allah. Please pray for me.
asked 1515 shabanaIbrahim's gravatar image

Aassalaam alaiykum sister, As you have already confirmed that you suffer from OCD this in itself is a positive step towards taking control. Anxiety is a state of mind which can overcome rational thinking and rob you of a peaceful mind. Whether anxiety comes from a psychological base as a result of chemical imbalance, stressful experiences or from shaitan, you need to cover all bases and know how to deal with it. Whatever the cause (and you should seek professional help her to rule out medical causes), it is important NOT to engage in the constant mental battle with bad thoughts.

Generally, when you have a bad thought, your first reaction is anxiety. That anxiety causes you to not want the thought, which causes more anxiety, and causes more bad thoughts. It's a cycle that is often hard to break. It's also a cycle that gives the thought a great deal of power. If these thoughts are from shaitan, then you are giving it a great deal of power....and you don't want this.

What you need to do is NOT to push these thoughts away. I know this sounds contradictory to what you might expect by way of advice but there is sound reasoning in it. By ALLOWING these thoughts to flow through your mind, you are NOT ENGAGING in any interaction with them. You allow them to flow in and OUT. You do not engage in any power struggle with these thoughts. In other words, you treat them as insignificant and as miniscule as they really are. This whole approach can be explained as a moment you might experience whilst driving in your car: You see an image (of anything, let's say, a brightly dressed clown is handing out balloons to children) and the moment that you have passed this vision, your mind is busy thinking about something else. By allowing the bad thoughts to wonder THROUGH your mind, they will disappear just as quetly. You need to be persistant with this and soon you will find them less and less. Eventually, the thought itself will cause less anxiety and hold less power over you.

Allah says in the Quran: “And if an evil whisper from Shaitan (Satan) tries to turn you away (O Muhammad) (from doing good), then seek refuge in Allah. Verily, He is the All Hearer, the All Knower” (Quran, Fussilat: 36).

Thus, always seek refuge in Allah Subhana wa ta' ala. May Allah help you overcome your anxiety and worries. Salaam.

answered 5287 stronghold's gravatar image
edited Dec 19 '13 at 01:10

Imam Muslim narrates in his Sahih collection that some of the Companions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) came and asked him, “We find in ourselves [thoughts] that any of us would consider too enormous to even mention.” He (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “And you all have found it?” and they said yes. He said, “That is pure faith.”

What?! The man finds such thoughts, and instead of labelling him a kafir, the Prophet (peace be upon him) labels him as having 'pure' faith?! And not just any faith, but PURE faith???!!

Imam Nawawi clarifies, “Considering it too enormous to mention is pure faith.” [Sharh Sahih Muslim]

Shaykh Nuh Keller comments, “As long as one has fear and disgust for passing thoughts of unbelief (kufr) and the like and does not make them convictions, they do no harm.” [Sea Without Shore]

answered 1856 IbnFaruque's gravatar image

Just always think back to certainty , when ever you have a doubt.Try seek help e.g. go to a psychologist possibly whoes a muslim and have sabr i have the same problem

answered 10 imoghal's gravatar image
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