Waswasah – Severe Doubts

Question:

I am a muslimah suffering with extreme waswasa. Its been ongoing for 3 months and a half. As day goes on its getting worse. I am trying my best to ignore it. I do my zikr and recite 4 quls all through the day. The waswasa affects my salah (repeat salah if i think i done it wrong), quran recitation. The main issue is when i use the bathroom or when i do ghusl. I have doubts theres urine leaks or i am impure. i spend a lot of time in the bathrrom using water and cleaning myself. Wudhu is a struggle too. I keep on changing my clothes as i think im impure. I urgently need help its taking over me. I am trying my utter best and fighting strong. i just want it to go away now. I want to find khushu in everything i do in my worship. I realise this is a test and i have to be patient but is there anything else to help.

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Answer:

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

Sister in Islām,

We are sad to hear of your predicament and we pray to Allah that He alleviates your pain and grants you ease. Aamīn.

However, it is pleasing to know that you have identified the issue and you have adopted some possible means to overcome the issue of ‘waswasah’.

Such issues may stem from a psychological level as well as a spiritual one. In order to make sure that we tackle the issue at its core, we advise you to visit a psychiatrist (preferably a Muslim female). Once you have visited the doctor, please revert back to us with his/her diagnosis. At the same time, continue to do the following:

– Perform all Ṣalāhs on time

– Recite the Manzil everyday

– Whenever a waswasah comes to your mind, read:

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

A’ūdhu billāhi mina al-Shayṭān al-Rajīm

And

لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم

La ḥawla wa la quwwata illā billāhi l- ‘aliyyi l- ‘adhīm

– Seek Allāhs assistance by supplicating to him on a daily basis as He is the sole curer.

And Allah Ta‘ālā knows best       
(Mufti) Bilal al-Mahmudi

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Faisal al-Mahmudi