Du`aa’ against insinuations

Question: Is there any authentic Du`aa’ (supplication) reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) regarding people who suffer from devilish whisperings, obsessions, and impatience?

Answer: Such people should mention Allaah frequently and seek refuge with Him from Satan. Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim and others narrated on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Insinuations of apostasy

Question: I hope you will read my letter in its entirety so that you can understand my following inquiries: When is a person considered as an apostate – we seek refuge in Allaah (from this)? My question may appear strange, but it confuses me a lot. Sometimes I have insinuations that give me a feeling that some of my actions denote apostasy, I seek refuge in Allaah (from this). I would like to inform you that my heart is at rest with eemaan (Faith), Praise be to Allaah, but as I have mentioned I have doubts regarding every act I do even before I do it. For example, if I speak with one or more persons; before uttering a word, I have doubts that what I will say may be a statement of Kufr (disbelief), I seek refuge in Allaah. Thus, I become hesitant and begin to stutter. Sometimes, I continue to talk and do not have the chance to reconsider whether to utter a word or not; I find myself making statements involuntarily without intending Kufr, I seek refuge in Allaah. Thereafter, I am attacked by thoughts as to whether or not I have become an apostate because of this. Some of the things that reinforce my insinuations are that people I talk to always stare at me expecting me to continue (talking). I find this a very weak excuse and so my doubts keep growing.

In spite of this, I feel I will never abandon this religion, regardless of the punishment that might be inflicted upon me; but I cannot understand what happens to me while I am talking. It is such an odd and painful feeling that I sometimes cannot sleep. When I try to ignore it, I cannot, and the thoughts return. Should I bathe as one does upon first embracing Islaam. Will my prayers not be valid unless I bathe? Will all my previous good deeds be nullified like an apostate person? Should I perform Hajj again, for instance? Also, I sometimes feel angry and stressed when I find myself directed toward certain thoughts – I cannot mention them – but quickly I manage to control myself and try to get rid of these thoughts. Is this considered Kufr, I seek refuge in Allaah?

I would also like to say that I read a Hadeeth that implies that if a Muslim charges his Muslim brother with Kufr, it will fall upon one of them. Does this mean that when a Muslim charges another with Kufr, he himself is a Kaafir (disbeliever), i.e. An apostate? What if I feel that someone is Kaafir without declaring it? Is believing in superstitions – such as believing in the unluckiness of the number 13 or believing in a bad omen from throwing nails on the ground – considered Kufr, given that the one who does this is a Muslim and believes in what Muhammad (peace be upon him) has come with? And if the person repents from this and no longer believes in them (superstitions), will his case be the same as one who enters Islaam? In other words, should he or she bathe?

A further question: Are doubts and insinuations in oneself considered a sin no matter how far they have gone? Given that I sometimes spend a long time trying to ward them (insinuations) off, I will not elaborate any further. To sum up, When is a person considered apostate?

I do not want to ask how an apostate be recognized, rather I would like to know how apostasy can be recognized in oneself? I seek refuge in Allaah (from this). Does an apostate take the same ruling as a Kaafir with regard to bathing when entering Islaam, even if he has had sexual intercourse or a wet dream during the period of apostasy? One more question: Hajj is an obligation that is performed once in lifetime, except in case of apostasy (I seek refuge in Allaah from this), are there other cases where a Muslim is obliged to perform Hajj again?

Answer: First: There are many reasons that make one’s religion null and void. They are explained by scholars in their discussion of the ruling on an apostate. If someone leaves Islaam and then re-embraces it, their good deeds performed while being a Muslim will not be annulled… read more here.

Remedy of pride and Riyaa’

Question: When I do a good deed, I find a devilish insinuation for fame and being praised by people. However, I remember Allaah quickly and seek refuge with Him from Riyaa’ (showing-off) until this insinuation goes away. Does Allaah hold me accountable for such involuntary insinuations? Is this due to lack of Eemaan (faith)? What shall I do?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned; that you have insinuations, dismiss them as soon as possible, and seek refuge with Allaah from them and from the evil of Satan, we hope that Allaah… read more here.

Treatment of the whisperings of Satan while offering Salaah

Question: How can I get rid of the whispering of Satan during Salaah (Prayer)?

Answer: Do not follow the whispering of Satan in Salaah, but ignore it and busy yourself with contemplating the Qur’aan you are reciting and the greatness of Allaah while pronouncing Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”), Tasbeeh (saying: “Subhaan Allaah [Glory be to Allaah]”) and Tahmeed (saying: “Al-hamdu lillaah [All praise is due to Allaah]”) while standing, bowing, prostrating, sitting to pronounce Tashahhud (testification recited in the sitting position in the second/last unit of Prayer) and all the sayings and deeds of Salaah.… read more here.

Self insinuations

Question: I am a nineteen-year-old man. Praise be to Allaah, I offer Salaah (Prayer) congregationally at the Masjid (mosque), even Fajr (Dawn) Prayer. Sometimes, I pronounce the Athaan (call to Prayer), and I have memorized six parts of the Qur’aan. However, there is something which bothers me; when I sit alonein my room, or when I sleep, I imagine that I have traveled to London and committed Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage) there with immoral girls. Am I considered to be a sinner?

This does not affect me to the extent of masturbation, except rarely. However, I am afraid that the Hadeeth which implies that if a person’s Salaah does not prohibit them from committing evil, Allaah will not accept them, applies to me.

Answer: First: A Muslim is not accountable for obsessions and self-talk, as it is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Allaah forgave my people the evil promptings which arise within their hearts, as long as they do not speak about them or act upon them. Second: Masturbation is Haraam (prohibited).… read more here.

Doubting that a person’s good deeds are out of showing off

Question: I intend to pray, fast, recite the Qur’aan and strive hard to implement the obligations of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, but sometimes I feel I am doing this to gain people’s admiration, so I quit doing some good deeds out of fear. How can I get rid of this feeling?

Answer: You have to carry out the rituals of Islaam in obedience to Allaah’s orders and seeking reward from Him… read more here.

Satan’s insinuations

Question: I suffer from doubt and insinuations in my Salaah (Prayers) and Sawm (Fasting). I always have this feeling, and sometimes I doubt Allaah’s existence and that Salah is worthless, etc. Are such insinuations a physical or psychological disease or a bad habit? Am I committing a sin? What will my condition be on the Day of Resurrection when I am brought to account before Allaah? Is there a remedy in Islam for these doubts and insinuations?

Answer: Such doubts and insinuations are from Satan. You should ignore and pay no attention to them… read more here.

The path to sincerity

Question: These days, I live, not knowing what to do in order to be sincere to Allaah; as achieving sincerity to Allaah is not an easy matter. It is one of the obligatory acts; one of the Companions used to say, “How rare sincerity is!” What should one do to be sincere to Allaah so that gaining knowledge and attaining the highest degrees and ranks will be solely for the sake of Allaah? What should one doing order to offer Salaah (Prayer) while feeling the greatness of Allaah (Praised and Exalted be He). After I perform Salaah, I do not feel that I have been standing before the Compeller of the heavens and the earth. I am afraid that I get angry when seeing evil out of zeal and not for the sake of Allaah. This does not mean that I do good deeds to show off or to gain a good reputation. I would like Your Excellency to clarify this matter to me. I have discussed it with one of my fellow Muslim brothers. He told me that actions may not involve showing off and the intention to acquire reputation, yet still they lack sincerity. They may be done just because the person wants to do them. Sawm or Qiyaam-ul-Layl (optional Prayer at night), for example, may not be regarded for the sake of Allaah, if the doer does not bring to his mind this objective while doing them.

Answer: You need to put much effort in order to attain the degree of full submission to Allaah, by your heart and soul. Always make Allaah’s Pleasure and His reward the main objective behind your actions… read more here.

Devilish whisperings

Question: I have some Christian friends and I have invited them to profess Islam. They agreed to profess Islaam provided that I answer their questions. They admit that Allaah (Exalted be He) is the Creator of heavens, earth, and whatever is between them and the Creator of everything. Their questions are: What is Allaah composed of? How is He composed? Who created Him?

When they asked me these questions, I was embarrassed as I could not answer their questions. I left them and did not meet them again.

I hope you will give me a Fatwaa on this issue. What is the reply I may adopt to answer their questions without feeling embarrassment? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: These questions are whispers which the devil sends to his followers of humans and others to lead them astray from the Straight Path. Allaah (Praised and Exalted be He) is the First with no being before Him, the Last with no being after Him, the One with no peer, no father and no son, and there is not any equivalent to Him… read more here.

Curing obsession and Satan’s plots

Question: I am a Muslim youth who has recently adopted the religious acts and behaviors. I suffer from many setbacks due to insinuating whispers of Satan, and the more I get rid of one, the more I become a victim of another. After I managed to take one step forward in my eemaan, I realized how I am better than others in matters of adhering to religious teachings. However, I began to suddenly feel that they precede me in their commitment and obedience to Allaah. Moreover, I found myself going all the way back in terms of my adherence to religious duties which I strived hard to maintain. Truly, I resist my insinuating self and such devilish whispers by all possible means, but to my agony, no one feels the inward pain that tears me apart, or even knows all the false thoughts that Satan tempts me with. This kind of relentless obsession stays with me in every step, and everywhere; in the Masjid (mosque), in the street, even at home and school. Is there anyone whom Allaah might make him a reason for helping me against this obsession?

Answer: We advise you to get rid of these obsessions as much as you can and recite Qur’aan more frequently, do good deeds, turn to Allaah and seek refuge in Him, supplicate to Him in du`aa’, hoping that He may ward off these whispers and save you from the traps of Satan, and make you steadfast in adhering to the Truth… read more here.