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Question : Assalaamu Alaikum. My question is that for many days I am feeling that I am not a Muslim and bad thoughts about Allaah Almighty is coming in my mind. However, I keep on asking forgiveness from Allaah and keep revising his names but i still do not feel content. So please help me.

Answer:

 

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

حامدًا وّمصليًا وّمسلمًا

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

What should be understood is that Allaah Ta’ala has given Shaytaan the power of whispering into the heart and mind of people. We are taught in Surah Naas to seek protection:

“…from the mischief of the whisperer (of evil), who withdraws (after his whisper). He who whispers into the heart of mankind…”

Whilst these whisperings cannot be heard, its message is perceived and comprehended by the heart. As long as we do not believe and subscribe to what Shaytaan is whispering into our hearts, there is no need to become so worried and apprehensive about such whisperings.

My respected brother, your restlessness is the sign of true Imaan. Ml Yunus Rahimahullah once mentioned in his talks responding to a woman who constantly used to get whisperings of Kufr: If you did not have Imaan, then you would have been extremely comfortable with that thought.

The person who is a Christian, Hindu or an atheist, does not have discomfort in believing what his respective faith asks him to believe. The person is not uncomfortable with these ideologies and doctrines.

One must understand that while the evildoers are always attended to and accompanied by the Shayateen, the pious also become targets of Shaytaan.

The Noble Sahaabah of Rasulullaah Salallaahu Alaihi Wasallam, who had been blessed with his company complained to Nabi Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam of the same evil thoughts. There are different incidents mentioned in the Ahadith;

Once a person said to Nabi Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam: sometimes such evil thoughts occur to me that I would rather be burnt to ashes than make mention of them.

Nabi Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam replied: praise and thanks be to Allaah Ta’ala who has turned this affair into one of evil suggestions.

It is mentioned in another narration that some Sahaabah presented themselves to Rasulullaah Sallaallaahu Alaihi Wasallam and said: our condition is that sometimes we experience such evil thoughts and sentiments in our hearts that it is most painful to even mention them.

Rasulullaah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam said to them: “But that is pure faith”  

Shaytaan’s endeavor is to mislead. He had asked Allaah Ta’ala for life until the day of Qiyaamah. In Surah A’raaf Allaah has warned us:

“…verily Shaytaan is an open enemy unto you, so treat him as an enemy.”

Allaah Ta’ala also says: ‘verily, he has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allaah)”.

Thus, Shaytaan will not have any power, any effect, any force or any control over those people who truly and sincerely believe in Allaah Ta’ala and place their complete trust in Allaah Ta’ala. On such faith and reliance, Allaah Ta’ala will not allow Shaytaan to mislead them. Shaytaan will only succeed in misleading those who have made him their friend, who follow and obey him. If we were to befriend Shaytaan, then he would certainly mislead and misguide us and these whisperings would then manifest their profound, yet evil and adverse effects.[1]

Lastly, whenever Shaytaan begins to whisper into our hearts we should read Aamantu Billaah wa Rusulihi آمَنْتُ بِاللهِ وَرُسُلِهِ I believe in Allaah and his Rasool [2] and say I am a Muslim I believe in the oneness of Allaah and testify that Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam is the servant and Messenger of Allaah.

You may also recite the following Ta’awuz

رَّبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِين ِوَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ

“My Rabb! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayateen (devils). And I seek refuge with You, My Lord! Lest they may attend (or come near) me.

We make Dua that Allaah Ta’ala removes all the hardships and difficulties that you are going through. Ameen

 

And Allaah Ta’ala knows best

 

 

                                                                                                                         

Answered by:    

Musayyab Sahib

20th Jumaadal Ulaa 1440

28th January 2019

Checked and Approved by:

[Mufti] Muhammad Irshad Motara

 

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[1] Adapted with minor changes from the book of Ml Yunus Patel [Rahimahullah], The Whisperings of Shaytaan

[2] Bukhaari, Muslim