How To Overcome Waswaas (Evil Whispers From Shaytan) Part 1

It Can Happen To The Best Of Us

At some point in a Muslim person’s life, there are questions that pop into his/her head concerning Allah, Islam or even Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)—questions which can be uncomfortable, awkward or simply put, wrong (against Islam). Most of the time, it’s something that’s difficult to control. because all types of evil thoughts or questions come to your head.
For some people, it becomes so extreme that they start to question if they’re even still Muslims because of the evil thoughts and questions that constantly go through their mind. What I’m describing here is called waswaas (evil whispers from the Shaytan). A lot of the times, these thoughts and questions can cause someone stress, anxiety and pain.

Different Types Of Waswaas

  • Evil whispers about some aspects of Islam, for example, asking questions such as ‘why do women have to wear the hijab?’ or ‘why can men marry four wives when women can’t?’
  • Evil whispers or thoughts about if Al-Akhira really does exist.
  • Evil whispers during prayer—making you forget how many rak’ahs you’ve prayed.
  • Evil whispers during cleansing yourself after you go to the bathroom and making wudu—always thinking you have some impurity on you, or always thinking that you passed air so you must do your wudu again.
  • Evil whispers about always thinking negatively about others.
  • And the worst of them all, evil thoughts about if Allah really does exist, why He is not visible to us, where He is, how He looks, etc.

waswaas-whispers-croppedWhy Does Waswaas Happen To Some People?

Shaytan is our number one enemy. This means he will do whatever he can to cause us pain and suffering. He will not leave you alone until you are dead and you meet your Lord. His job is to first try to make you commit shirk.

When he tires of this and sees that you will never do that because Allah has guided you, he will try to make you do bid’ah and all types of other crazy things.

When this also fails, he will try to make you commit other major crimes such as killing others, zina, hasad (envy), theft, and many other sinful things.

When he can’t make you fall into any of those things, he will resort to whispering evil things to you to confuse you concerning matters of the religion, prayer and/or wudu.

He does all of this to cause you heartache.

In the last chapter of the Quran, Allah tells us to seek refuge with Him from the evil whispers of the jinn and people. These whispers of the shaytan can be distressing and can bring harm to the believer if he or she doesn’t seek refuge with Allah and take control of it.

Allah says:

Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind,The King of mankind,”The Ilah (God) of mankind, “From the evil of the whisperer (devil who whispers evil in the hearts of men) who withdraws (from his whispering in one’s heart after one remembers Allah) ,”Who whispers in the breasts of mankind, “Of jinns and men.” Al-Quran: 114 (1-6).

My Personal Struggle With Waswaas

After high school, most of my friends and I parted ways. I had a lot of time to think about the important things in life. I returned to doing something which I haven’t done in a long time—reading, reciting and learning the Quran,

Alhamdulilah. I started reading the English translation of the Quran, and I fell in love with the Quran because I understood the Quran better. It was as if I had just become Muslim and was learning about the Quran for the first time.

I used to spend many hours listening to the Quran and following along by reading the English translation. I learned so much about Islam.

I developed a strong desire to learn the Quran and study Islam to become a better Muslimah; this was when the waswaas started (what a coincidence, right?).

One of the very first ayah (verse) of the Quran which the shaytan would whisper evil questions to me about was the ayah where Allah makes it permissible for men to marry up to four women. I had this constant thought that this was just not fair. No matter how hard I tried to shake off this evil thought, it would always come back to my mind, Subhanalaah.

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The evil thoughts didn’t stop there. The evil thoughts and whispers escalated to more horrible questions that concerned Allah.

This was the most painful for me. I didn’t know how to stop it or what to do. I felt like I was the most evil person in the world; my heart literally used to ache every time these evil thoughts came to my mind.

I used to cry.

I felt so miserable.

Nothing made me smile anymore.

My desire to learn the deen and the joy I felt when listening to the Quran were both slowly disappearing. Instead, I felt anxiety every time I wanted to listen or read the Quran.

I was afraid I would have one of those evil thoughts again, and for this reason I avoided reading the Quran altogether. All in all, it was one of the lowest points in my life. I felt like the one thing in the world which was my comfort and my guide (Quran) was being taken away.

Sister Um Ibrahim Ali is a regular guest blogger on Islamic Learning Materials. She reveals how she overcame waswaas in her next article, How To Overcome Waswaas Part 2.

You can follow Sister Um Ibrahim Ali and her adventures as a Muslim mother on her blog Sweet Mama Loves You.

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25 Responses to How To Overcome Waswaas (Evil Whispers From Shaytan) Part 1

  1. Assalamu Allaikum. I must confess to you that i really enjoy your article so much. May Allahu s.w.t bless you, help you, increase your knowledge and grant you and all the muslim Umma JANNAH(Amin). Jazakallahu Khairan

  2. Subhan-Allah I am going through exactly -I MEAN EXACTLY- the same thing to the point I get anxiety attacks because of it. The thoughts have become so bad lately and I am really struggling. It all started a few months ago when I stopped listening to music and left everything in order to focus on Allah and my religion only. I started getting thoughts about changing my life and leaving all worldly desires. Then it all stopped. I stopped doing a lot of things because the waaswaas would get so bad it made me even want to finish my prayers quickly in order to avoid them. I would cry on my prayers mat and can’t sleep at night because of these thoughts. I actually thought I was the only person in the world to get them and they were SO bad. I even went as far as saying a kaffir is probably better than me. But Alhumdillah I found out my friend gets the same thing and so many other people do. We just need to rely on Allah and seek refuge in him because he knows our intentions and whats in our minds and hearts more than we do.

  3. Jazak i Allah Khair Sister Umm Ibrahim for such in-depth and incisive approach – How much I deeply wish I could have read this article back in the days when I was struggling and striving to save my Eemaan from the wrath of Was’was .

    But AlhumduliAllah ! Allah Suban Wa Ta’ala opened ways for me –

    To help other Muslim Brothers and Sisters , I have dedicated a whole website to Curing Waswas – All can visit it here and get lots of information and cures about any kind of waswas that you are facing :

    http://www.shaytanwaswascure.com

    My Email is :: Support@hassankhaliid.com

  4. I get annoying whispers into my heart about islam, it used to be about women in islam, but I got over it be thankful and gratitude to Allah. Next satan whispers about my heart and I question if I am still a pious woman, repented from past but I remember and feel shame. I will not give up until I enter the garden of Paradise. Please make dua for Allah to give me pure heart a do want Paradise so please help, it’s not easy….

  5. I am also facing the same problem. Every day I used to pray to Allah for Allah SWT love and believe in islam
    Please pray for me .

  6. Alhamdulillah sister for this wonderful post, I am also a victim of wasawas…I always loved Allah even before I was a practicing muslim. I only prayed on Fridays , oneday I was sitting in a night club, I felt so uncomfortable that I started disliking the loud music and I felt like a hypocrite, I felt like I was just a name sake muslim after that I decided to leave all the sins and started practicing my religion. Initially I enjoyed praying , I felt so much peace after a long time. I was like I would never stop praying until I die. I was very happy, then a thought came in to my mind does Allah exist ? I felt like somebody took my soul out of my body. I know quran is a miraculous book and no human can write such a thing. There are scientific miracles, linguistic miracles, mathematical miracles,historical events,future events …I know for sure that Allah is there and he exists , but this evil thought didnt go away …i cried a lot , I used to get panic attacks due to this …and I sometimes felt that I will be thrown in to hell. After a lot of effort I forgot this thought. Then again one more thought struck me , do angels exist, do devils exist …again panic attacks , I was so helpless that I was socially paralyzed. Oneday I thought to myself that if someone told me a 1000 years back that people would fly on an object (airplane)in the future then I wouldn’t believe it cuz it would seem to me irrational and pointless cuz i didn’t see any such thing. In the same way if Allah talks about the unseen things then you have to believe them. If you doubt him then there is a challenge in the quran to bring something like quran. It’s been 1400 years nobody has been able meet this challenge..so if Allah says something then you must believe. I got a relief after thinking so deeply but you know what I still get this thought Allah doesnt exist …even I know that he exists ..m so sure , but I still get thoufhts …I don’t wanna die as a disbeliever. And one more thing , I m an ocd sufferer and I have anxiety disorder …so it’s impossible for me to push my evil thoughts away …they don’t go away no matter how hard I try ..pray for me brothers and sisters !may Allah bless you all

  7. I am suffering really bad waswas about Allah’s existence, there are days when i dont feel him at all. Did that happen to anyone else?

    • Salaam sis, yes I have! and from the comments above + the authors post it’s more than clear that this particular problem is quite common amongst us Muslims.. unfortunately.

      But it’s nothing to worry about tbh! I’d say relax your head and don’t be too hard on yourself, by the look of it you hate those thoughts/waswasa. Which truly indicates that your faith in Allah SWT is abosuletly sincere. DONT doubt that!

      Please take the advice on the post serious ( read part 2 to see how to overcome it ) Don’t make the mistake I made a few years back. It took me around 3/4 years to combat this problem and completely fight it off. I was SO impatient (I believe this was the main reason it took me so long to get rid of them)

      I used to make duaa/pray but as soon as I would get these evil thoughts/doubts I would instantly give up altogether. I’d also give up watching Islamic lectures and reading Quran when those thoughts would creep back in. ( DONT DO THAT) That’s when I felt my duaas where not being answered. Shaytaan made me believe that there was truly something wrong with me. I used to think I was a true hypocrite since these thoughts/doubts were always coming in my mind.

      I used to think Allah SWT was punishing me & that my place was hell-fire. & boy did I stress over it for nothing, it seriously only made the situation I was in more messier. The more I worried about it, the more harder it got; The thoughts/doubts would get worse and worse. I honestly got to a point where I literally just wanted to take my life ( Astaqfurallah) I thought I’d be better off dead than think like this. But eventually I started to feel a lot better after taking in the advises I received from people. I got them from people that went through this EXACTLY. One thing I learnt was unless you be patient with yourself, nothing will really change. I know, it’s hard at first, but trust me when I say it gets a lot easier; patience is key. The whispers/doubts immediately died down when I wasn’t stressing over it too much.

      Now when I look back I wish I saved my time, energy & tears and instead focused on beneficial things. Oh how I wish I was patient with Allah SWT. But Alhamduliallah I’ve learnt it the hard way & in Shaa Allah Sister you and may others could at least benefit from my experience and prevent yourselves from falling into that pit. I could go on and on and on but instead, I’ll cut it short for you since the poster gave excellent advice on overcoming the waswasa/doubts.

      Be PATIENT, persistent and NEVER stop making duaa. If your having major doubts, ask a knowledgable Alim/imam. Don’t keep it in. If they are irrational thoughts/doubts then keep on ignoring them. So no sis, you haven’t lost your iman by the grace of Allah SWT your still a Muslim and isA will die as true believer. Oh and most importantly BUSY YOURSELF with something. Don’t EVER be alone & even if it happens to be that your alone, do something, Anything! don’t just sit and think. Remember an idle mind is the devils workshop.

      May Allah SWT make it easy for you and everyone else who is going through something similar.
      W/salaam!

    • Salaam sis, yes I have! and from the comments above + the authors post it’s more than clear that this particular problem is quite common amongst us Muslims.. unfortunately.

      But it’s nothing to worry about tbh! I’d say relax your head and don’t be too hard on yourself, by the look of it you hate those thoughts/waswasa. Which truly indicates that your faith in Allah SWT is abosuletly sincere. DONT doubt that!

      Please take the advice on the post serious ( read part 2 to see how to overcome it ) Don’t make the mistake I made a few years back. It took me around 3/4 years to combat this problem and completely fight it off. I was SO impatient (I believe this was the main reason it took me so long to get rid of them)

      I used to make duaa/pray but as soon as I would get these evil thoughts/doubts I would instantly give up altogether. I’d also give up watching Islamic lectures and reading Quran when those thoughts would creep back in. ( DONT DO THAT) That’s when I felt my duaas where not being answered. Shaytaan made me believe that there was truly something wrong with me. I used to think I was a true hypocrite since these thoughts/doubts were always coming in my mind.

      I used to think Allah SWT was punishing me & that my place was hell-fire. & boy did I stress over it for nothing, it seriously only made the situation I was in more messier. The more I worried about it, the more harder it got; The thoughts/doubts would get worse and worse. I honestly got to a point where I literally just wanted to take my life ( Astaqfurallah) I thought I’d be better off dead than think like this. But eventually I started to feel a lot better after taking in the advises I received from people. I got them from people that went through this EXACTLY. One thing I learnt was unless you be patient with yourself, nothing will really change. I know, it’s hard at first, but trust me when I say it gets a lot easier; patience is key. The whispers/doubts immediately died down when I wasn’t stressing over it too much.

      Now when I look back I wish I saved my time, energy & tears and instead focused on beneficial things. Oh how I wish I was patient with Allah SWT. But Alhamduliallah I’ve learnt it the hard way & in Shaa Allah Sister you and may others could at least benefit from my experience and prevent yourselves from falling into that pit. I could go on and on and on but instead, I’ll cut it short for you since the poster gave excellent advice on overcoming the waswasa/doubts.

      Be PATIENT, persistent and NEVER stop making duaa. If your having major doubts, ask a knowledgable Alim/imam. Don’t keep it in. If they are irrational thoughts/doubts then keep on ignoring them. So no sis, you haven’t lost your iman by the grace of Allah SWT your still a Muslim and isA will die as true believer. Oh and most importantly BUSY YOURSELF with something. Don’t EVER be alone & even if it happens to be that your alone, do something, Anything! don’t just sit and think. Remember an idle mind is the devils workshop.

      May Allah SWT make it easy for you and everyone else who is going through something similar.
      W/salaam!

      • salam sis!! my name is azra and i literally had the same thing you went through, do you have a phone number? or email? i live in australia and end of ramadan i started getting these thoughts, ive lost so much weight because of it, i feel Allah hates me and im scared im a hypocrite and also because of these doubts i cant get married 🙁 i really need to and its worrying me but im still trying to have sabr.. pleaseee get back to me if you can would love to hear from you. thank you

  8. Assalamualaikkum
    I too suffer from this waswas and all the possible doubts. Can someone who suffered from waswas please give me some tips on what should I do? I’ve been suffering for three months!! InshaAllah Allah will remove me from waswas one day. Pray for me and may Allah help this ummah who are suffering from waswas. Aameen

    • sis these wasawas are clear sign of emaaan .I m suffering from the last 8 years .n goes through very difficult periods cz of the intensity n unlimitation of these bad blasphemy n dirty thoughts.I over come these by praying regularly n repentance .the best formula to over come these never stop doing anything n never do anything (by speaking or action)bcz of these evil thoughts.

  9. salam, I’m 19 yrs old and ever since i was like 8 i used to have various phobias usually of sexual nature that are too grave to mention, As i grow older they have continued to the point where i lose sleep and cry about it…Pls how can i get rid of these evil thoughts and how do i know if they’re my thoughts or shaitans whispers? pls answer and pls make du’a for me, I’m scared and feel so alone

  10. pls can i speak with anyone privately on whatsapp who’s knowledgeable about waswas and that can advice me because i really need help… please you all should make du’a for me…May Allah SWT guide us all, protect us from Satanic whispers and unite us all in Jannah, Ameen.

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