When I first wrote the article, How to Overcome Waswaas, highlighting the struggles I went through with waswaas, I almost didn’t submit that article because it was so personal and it was something that I just didn’t want anyone about.
I hesitated quiet a lot before I finally decided to send it in.
I convinced myself that if telling my story brings some sort of ease or relieve or help even to just one person, it’s worth putting it out there; and Alhamdulillah with good intentions I submitted it.
Since it’s been published, several people found it to be helpful and I’m so very glad it helped.
A few people have expressed that while the tips were helpful, they would like more tips and more advice. I understand that going through waswaas is exhausting and energy draining—it feels as if you’re in battle with your own mind and thoughts constantly.
This is why I would like to just list some more ahadith and verses from the Quran that may bring comfort and ease to the hearts as well as whatever helpful advice that can be useful for any of you dear brothers and sisters that are suffering from waswaas.
Before I start listing any tips, advice or suggestions, I just want to make dua for all of the brothers and sisters who are going through this right now.
May Allah the all-mighty and merciful heal your hearts and restore your happiness and comfort and give you unwavering iman that you will enjoy for the rest of your lives.
How it all happens
When I was going through it, I used to often ask myself how in the world did this even start?! It’s something that can start with just one question that you might be curious about and it then escalates to something uncontrollable.
For some people it’s gradual. However way it started for you, the important thing is try to get rid of all doubts, confusion and the consistent and sometimes constant horrifying questions that come to your mind.
While everyone is different on how they deal with these things, one way you can try to find some peace of mind is to read the hadiths which relate to waswaas. You need to understand that this is something that’s not exclusive to you.
A lot of people go through it at some point in their lives. Even the companions of the Prophet went through it when the Prophet (SAW) was there with them.
Hadiths on Waswaas
There are many hadiths narrated from the Prophet, peace be upon him, where he gives some of his companions who were going through waswaas some really comforting and wonderful statements and advice.
The following are some of those hadiths:
- It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “Some of the companions of the Messenger of Allah came to the Prophet (SAW) and said to him, ‘We find in ourselves thoughts that are too terrible to speak of.’ He said, ‘Are you really suffering from that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is a clear sign of faith.’” (Muslim).
- It was narrated in al-Saheehayn, also from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The Shaytan comes to one of you and says, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ Until he says, ‘who created your Lord?!’ If that happens to any of you, let him seek refuge with Allah and put a stop to these thoughts.”
- It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) that a man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said, “I think thoughts to myself, which I would rather be burnt to a cinder than speak of them.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Praise be to Allah, Who has reduced all his [the Shaytan’s] plots to mere whispers.” (Abu Dawood).
- One of the Sahabah complained to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) about waswaas during prayer, and he said: “The Shaytan comes between me and my prayers and my recitation, confusing me therein.” The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “That is a devil called Khanzab. If he affects you seek refuge in Allah from him and spit drily to your left three times.” He [the Sahaba] said, I did that and Allah took him away from me. (Muslim)
As you can clearly see from these hadiths, waswaas is not something unheard of. It’s something that affected past Muslims and it’s something that’s affecting a lot of Muslims today. I want to highlight the first hadith.
It’s narrated that the Prophet told his companions that them going through waswaas is “a clear sign of faith.”
Just think about that.
You might be thinking, how is that a clear sign of faith when someone is having bad thoughts about Islam or even Allah?
Well, the simple answer is, those thoughts are not yours; it’s something that’s coming from the Shaytan.
You must understand this clearly.
And the Shaytan is coming to you and trying to confuse you because iman (faith) has entered your heart. So take comfort in the fact that you have faith in your heart and that’s why the Shaytan is trying to deceive you—and Insha’Allah he will not!
Anytime you feel terrible or think you are a bad Muslim for going through these episodes of bad thoughts, just keep reading these hadiths; read these hadiths as a reminder to yourself and know the fact that you are feeling terrible about these thoughts is indeed a sign that you are a true believer, mashaaAllah!
Know that your heart aches because of the evil things the Shaytan is putting in your head about your most beloved, Allah and Islam. Know that Allah is rewarding you for fighting these evil thoughts and Allah is making you stronger and wiser, Insha’Allah.
Quran Verses on Waswaas
Waswaas is also mentioned in the Quran. In fact there’s an entire surah which is the very last surah of the Quran which speaks of the evil whispers of the Shaytan. Here’s a great translation of Surah An-Naas:
“Say, I seek refuge with the Lord of An-Naas. 2. The King of An-Naas. 3. The God of An-Naas. 4. From the evil of the whisperer who withdraws. 5. Who whispers in the breasts of An-Naas. 6. Of Jinn and An-Naas.”
In this surah, Allah is telling us how Shaytan whispers to people his evil whispers. Allah is also telling us exactly where in our body the Shaytan tries to attack—our hearts—“Who whispers in the breasts of people.”
So when we feel these evil whispers in our thoughts and we hate them from our hearts, this I believe is why the Prophet said, it is a clear sign of faith.
These evil thoughts might be coming to your mind, but your heart rejects it and hates it to the point you feel your heart ache every time you feel like some evil whisper comes to your mind.
Here are some great verses in Quran where Allah tells all Muslims, the Prophet included what to say when we feel the whispers of Shaytan.
And if an evil whisper from Shaytan tries to turn you away, then seek refuge in Allah. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower, (Surah Fusilat: Ayah 36).
And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytan, then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer, All-Knower, (Surah A’raf, ayah 200).
And say: “My Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings of the Shayatin. And I seek refuge with You, My Lord! Lest they should come near me, (Surah Mu’minun, ayahs 97 and 98).
I can go on and on listing so many verses of the Quran which mention the “whispers” of Shaytan but I think that’s enough for now. As Allah told us repeatedly in the Quran, whenever we feel the whispers of Shaytan, we must remember Him.
That is our main protection. Keep seeking Allah’s protection. Keep remembering Allah and Insha’Allah all the whisperings will go away sooner than you think.
- Just like any other test in life, waswaas is difficult and requires a lot of patience. If you are someone who’s going through waswaas right now, it’s important to try to be patient while you are going through it. Becoming hasty and worrying so much will only make things worse. Have hope and trust in Allah that it will all be over soon.
- Take steps in getting closer to Allah no matter what is happening in your life. Do things which will earn you Allah’s love and not anger. Do extra ibadah to try to get closer to Allah especially salaatul layl.
- Make dua always! Allah hears your duas and will surely answer them, Insha’Allah.
Make a habit to recite the morning and evening adhkaar. Morning and evening adhkaar are duas that are to be recited in the mornings and evenings for protection from all evil, Shaytan’s whispers included.
- Try to keep yourself busy with kheyr. Be around good people so that you will be distracted from the waswaas. Take up Islamic classes online or at your local masjid. If that’s not possible, get together with friends or family and dedicate some of your days to learning something beneficial like the tafsir of the Quran or hadiths.
- Take advantage of the many articles and other online resources which discuss how to protect yourself from Shaytan. Also, talk to someone, perhaps an imam, who has good Islamic knowledge and ask for their advice.
I hope you have benefited from this article. I know there are so much more that can be said about this topic but it would require a lot more research and that would take time.
As far as what worked for me, Alhamdulillah all credit is due to Allah for helping me and getting through that rough time in my life.
I also implemented a lot of the things I listed such as always making dua, trying to get closer to Allah however way I could and always reciting my morning and evening adhkar.
Whatever benefit and kheyr you take away from this article is from Allah, whatever mistakes and errors there are is in it from myself and the Shaytan.
Jazaakumulaahu kheyr for taking the time to read.
May Allah forgive us all and reward us for our efforts. Allahuma amin!
- Tafsir from Ibn Kathir: http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3156&Itemid=577
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