Waswasah - whisperings

A number of patients complain about severe whisperings, known in Arabic as waswasah. These can take the form of voices or compulsive thoughts. These thoughts are often blasphemous and can be extremely disturbing for the patient, so disturbing even that many people question their faith.

While Ruqyah is an important means of treatment, there are still some other things that can be done. With the grace of Allah and His mercy, the thoughts will disappear within about a week with these simple steps:

  • Realize that the thoughts come from Shaitan. One should not think that one is an evil person or is responsible for these things. The proof of this is the statement of the Prophet s.a.w.: "Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, will forgive my ummah for whatever crosses their minds, as long as they do not act upon it or speak of it." (1)
  • Realize that such thoughts have plagued even some of the Prophet's companions.

Abu Hurayrah reported that some of the people of the messenger of Allah s.a.w. came to him and said: ,Indeed we perceive in our minds that which every one of us considers too grave to express'. He replied, "Do you really perceive it?" They said, "Yes." He said, "That is true faith." (2)

Ibn 'Abbas narated that a man came to the Messenger s.a.w. and said, "O Messenger of Allah! One of us has thoughts of such a nature that he would rather be reduced to charcoal than speak about them." The Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest! All praise be to Allah who has reduced [the shaytan's] plot to whispering." (3)

  • Take the steps already mentioned to protect yourself from the Satans. The house is also to be protected by reciting al-Baqarah and removing everything that the Jinn attracts, such as TV, music, pictures and photos. One should also carry out the 7-day program.
  • One must persistently reject these thoughts, and it is important that one does this every time.

When such thoughts appear, do the following:

  • Mention the greatness of Allah and his perfection, either by saying Allahu Akbar or SubhanAllah .
  • Seek refuge with Allah from Satan by saying A'udhu billahi min ash-shaytanir-rajim or something similar:

I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast. (4)

  • Confirm your faith in Allah and His Messenger ? by reciting the following Adhkaar:

Aamantu billaahi wa rusulihi

I have believed in Allah and His Messenger. (5)

Huwal-auwalu, wal-aakhiru, was-saahiru, wal-baatinu, wa huwa bi kulli shay'in ?alim

He is the first and the last and the outer and the inner, and He knows all things. (6)

  • Seek Allah's forgiveness, either with a simple Astaghfirullah or something more:

Astaghfirullaa-hal-ladhi laa ilaha illaa huwal-?ayyul-qayyum wa atubu ilayh

I seek forgiveness in Allah, no one has the right to be worshiped except Him, the living One, the Eternal, and I turn to Him in repentance. (7)

Allahumma anta Rabbi, la ilaha illa anta, khalaqtani, wa ana 'abduka, wa ana' ala 'ahdika wa wa'dika mastata't, authubika min sharri ma sana't, abu'u laka bi ni'matika alayya, wa abu 'u bisanbi, faghfirli, fa innahu la yaghfiruth thunuba illa ant.

O Allah, Thou art my Lord, there is no God but thyself. Thou hast created me, and I am thy servant, and I try to fulfill my agreement and my promise to thee as best I can. I seek my refuge with you from the evil of my actions. I bear witness to the good which you have done to me, and I bear witness to my sins, therefore forgive me, for no one can forgive sins except you. (8)

This dhikr is the best for asking forgiveness from Allah. The Prophet s.a.w. said, whoever says this dhikr in the morning and dies that day goes to paradise, and whoever says it in the evening and dies in that night goes to paradise.

Even if the thoughts themselves are not a sin, it is a good habit to get in to asking forgiveness, and there are several reports of the companions seeking forgiveness for things in which it isn't clear that they did anything wrong. Furthermore, seeking Allah's forgiveness frequently will push the shaytan away from you and make you closer to Allah, as well as putting your mind at ease when you feel a degree of responsibility for these thoughts.

There shouldn't be any Jinn, no matter how persistent, who can bear this over a prolonged period, and when used in addition to Ruqyah, the seven day program, and while protecting yourself and your house, your problems will disappear, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted.

  1. Bukhari and Muslim
  2. Muslim
  3. Abu Dawood
  4. Muslim 2203
  5. Muslim 134
  6. Abu Dawood 5110
  7. Abu Dawood 1517; At-Tirmidhi 3577
  8. Bukhari, Muslim and others


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