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.