Those whispers....

>> Sunday, October 23, 2011

I don't know what to say but sometimes I get these really terrible ideas in my head. I think things that istagfirAllah really are wrong and I worry that I'm not even a Muslim. I'm always doubting myself and thinking I am a hypocrite. I'm scared to meet Allah with these thoughts. Sometimes also I get these doubts in the middle of my prayer and I think about just stopping my prayer right then and there..like how can I pray to Allah with these thoughts and also I get so confused what part of salah I did and didn't do. Please help.


Dear In Need of Help,


First of all, sis, it sounds like you're suffering waswas. But, let me give you some really good good news. You, inshaAllah, are on the right path. 

Muslim (132) narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: “Some of the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to him and said, ‘We find things in our hearts that none of us would dare to utter out loud.’ He said, ‘Do you really find that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is clear faith.’”

Yes, darling. You read that sentence right.  Allah has given you this test because inshaAllah you are among those with real faith. Don't think otherwise. You see, if you had been for example a 'hypocrite' you wouldn't even be scared of the Hereafter or scared about your faith. Being scared about your faith is a sign of a real believer, inshaAllah :)

Think of this as jihad. This is your struggle. Maybe it is your ticket to paradise. InshaAllah you will be rewarded for all that you are patiently going through. 

Shaykh al-Islam (Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 7/282) explaining the hadith about 'this is clear faith' said: “In other words, the fact that this waswaas was happening and they disliked it so much and pushed it away from their hearts is clear faith, like the mujaahid to whom the enemy comes and he resists him until he defeats him, and this is the greatest form of jihad. Clear (sareeh) means pure, like pure milk. It becomes clear and pure because they hated those devilish whispers and warded them off, so their faith became pure and clear.” 

What do you have to do? Keep pushing these thought away. Keep ignoring them. 

And don't EVER EVER give up ibadaat because of this. Shaytaan does this to scare you--- he tries to convince you to leave your salaah. Don't listen to him.  Remind yourself that this is a trick of Shaytaan. He doesn't want you to bow down to Allah.  Just keep praying and tell Allah that you are struggling to please him.

Let's take a look at some other hadiths:

Muslim (3203) narrated that ‘Uthmaan ibn Abi’l-‘Aas came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, the Shaytaan is coming between me and my prayer and making me confused in my recitation.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “That is a devil called Khanzab. If you feel his presence, then seek refuge with Allaah from him and spit drily to your left three times.” [‘Uthmaan] said: “I did that and Allaah took him away from me.” 

Al-Bukhaari (3276) and Muslim (134) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The Shaytaan comes to some of you and says, “Who created such and such? Who created such and such?” – until he says, “Who created your Lord?” If that happens, then let him seek refuge with Allaah and stop thinking about that.’” 

Al-Bukhaari (1231) and Muslim (389) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘When the call for prayer is given, the Shaytaan runs away, breaking wind loudly so as not to hear the adhaan. When the adhaan ends, he comes back. When the iqaamah is made, he runs away, then when the iqaamah ends, he comes back to distract a man from his prayer, saying, “Remember such and such,” things that the man did not remember, until he does not know how many rak’ahs he has prayed. If one of you does not know how many rak’ahs he has prayed, whether it is three or four, then let him do two prostrations whilst he is sitting.”

Ibn Taymiyyah also said:(Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 14/108): 
“This waswasah is something that enters the heart not by a person’s choice, and if a person hates it and shuns it, this hatred of it is clear faith.” 
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  http://www.islam-qa.com/en/cat/2022

And he said in Dar’ al-Ta’aarud, 3/318:
“This waswaas may be gotten rid of by seeking refuge with Allaah and ignoring it, so that if [the Shaytaan] says, ‘you did not wash your face,’ you should say, ‘Yes, I did wash my face;’ if he thinks that he did not form the intention (for prayer) or say Allaahu akbar, he should say in his heart, ‘Yes I did form the intention and say Allaahu akbar.’ He should cling steadfastly to the truth and ward off the waswaas that goes against it, so that the Shaytaan will see how strong and steadfast he is in adhering to the truth, and will leave him alone. Otherwise when he [the Shaytaan] sees that he is influenced by doubts and responsive to waswaas, he will send him more waswaas until he will be unable to resist and his heart will become receptive to the seductive whispers of the devils of the jinn and of mankind, and he will move from one thing to another until the Shaytaan drives him to his doom. 

Based on the above, we may say that a man will be rewarded for resisting this waswaas and for striving against the Shaytaan for a number of reasons: 

1 – The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) praised the feeling of hatred towards the waswaas that had to do with doubts concerning belief (‘aqeedah), when he said, “That is clear faith.” One of things implied by the hatred of this waswaas is that one turns away from it and does not get carried away with it.
2 – Obeying the command of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “Let him stop it.”
3 – The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said concerning the prostration of forgetfulness (sajdat al-sahw): “They will annoy the Shaytaan.” This implies encouragement to annoy and humiliate the Shaytaan. Annoying him here means turning away from this waswaas and not paying any attention to it. This is in addition to the fact that Allaah and His Messenger have taught us to seek refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan, etc.
4 – The difficulties and distress that the believer may suffer as a result of this waswaas may be included in the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “No Muslim suffers tiredness, exhaustion, worry, grief, annoyance or distress, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allaah will expiate some of his sins thereby.”
(al-Bukhaari, 2573; Muslim, 5642).
5 – Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah – may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “like the mujaahid to whom the enemy comes and he resists him until he defeats him, and this is the greatest form of jihad.” The fact that he likens him to a mujaahid and describes this as the greatest form of jihad may be understood to mean that he will be rewarded for that.
And Allaah knows best. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.


Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

May Allah ease your situation, sis.

Lots of love,


4 wonderful sprinkely thoughts:

Smishay,  October 23, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

loved the answer.

Sometimes I feel like I'm not a good Muslim nor will I ever be one? Like It's not possible at all for me. Like I am fake whenever I try to be a better Muslim. And that really discourages me from trying better in my ibaadah. So those thoughts are definitely from the Shaitaan. They're telling me to give up. :(

Then,I think of all of the great people of the past, may AllahSWt be pleased with them. And I get jealous, that I can't ever change myself like they excelled in changing themselves. And that gets me depressed. But then I have to remind myself that AllahSWT made me capable of doing whatever I am already capable of. Plus, we are insaan and we are made to worship AllahSWT. And that's our fitrah. We can adapt and constantly change ourselves for the better by the will of AllahSWT. I have to remind myself that, I can change myself inshAllah for the better. That just because I can't do a good act now, doesn't mean it will always be impossible for me.

It's impressive how we can get stronger and what was impossible before is suddenly very simple to accomplish. i.e. memorizing Quran, after you have memorized it, it's so much simpler to recite and you can add on even more ayahs. :)

Tania October 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

......same story here....thts mean its a common story...recently i was also facing this kind of situation frequently...n felt so disturbed
sumtimes...now i get my answer...:) Alhamdulillah...we r in clear faith.....

Traveling Muslimah October 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

AsSalaamuAlaikum

I think we all feel at some point we are not good enough Muslims cause of our thoughts. But we are humans and that’s why we have been bought to this world. We will make mistakes, we just need to remember the lessons learnt from them and keep trying. It’s the intention of the Mu-min that matters most. Realizing a fault and looking for a way to correct yourself is the biggest step. And may Allah(swt) reward you for that. Don’t think you are not a Muslim or anything like that though. Al-Hasan-al-Basree(ra) said: “A believer will always be critical of himself in his food, his drink, and his speech. A sinner will not criticize himself.” So a believer will always be cautious of his actions and thoughts.
Though, peace of the heart is best achieved by zikr-Allah. Allah(swt) has said in the Quran: “Verily! Only in the Zikr of Allah will your heart find peace." (Surah 13: verse 29) These are just little tips I use to help myself, inshaAllah it will be helpful to you too. May Allah(swt) make things easier for you Sister and jazakillah for sharing. 

Little Auntie October 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

ma'shaAllah, Travelling Muslimah. Lovely comment! Jazakillah for sharing.

Tania and Smishay, that's definitely Shaytaan trying to trick you. Don't listen to him. Please read this post called "Down in the Dumps http://dearlittleauntie.blogspot.com/2011/03/down-in-dumps.html

I do believe that the sister meant a different kind of whispers, too. I think she meant the kinds of whispers that contain maybe blasphemous things...just random thoughts that come, May Allah protect us.

I found another good link here:
http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?69544-How-to-overcome-Waswas-(shaythans-whispers)-in-worship

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