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How do I overcome the whispers of Shaytaan?

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Assalamoalaikum, I am affected badly by wasawis these days. I have been told by one sheikh who is treating me that i am affected by sihr. I get forceful bad thoughts of kufr and shirk ( can’t write the bad thoughts). I get thoughts if you do such and such it will amount to loose imaan and I keep saying no matter whatever i do and in any case i have no bad intention regarding loosing imaan. I never want to put my imaan on any condition. I love my imaan. Then my thoughts go to extreme level and bring forward scenarios which make me scared if i ignore them then i get more wasawis that not responding is like putting conditions on things etc( when i never ever in any case have bad intention regarding loosing imaan). Then the things which come up in my mind are so bad which cannot be explained or written. One small example is if i am going to toilet then thoughts come about whether i have never ever bad intention whether going to toilet or not. Which is true i never ever have any bad intention to whatever i do but thoughts bring toilet and more more bad things which if i respond may make me more sinful to think about. Then i say i am not responding as i am not answerable to these thoughts. Then it put me more in doubt that i may have kufr thought (astagfirullah which i can never imagine). Lots of scenarios come to my mind and put me in scary position and so i try to ignore then it start making me guilty so you meant this or that. My thoughts keep putting blame if i reply to one then it put blame so you mean otherwise etc. They made me think if I don’t respond i will be sinful and much more. I am too scared of myself and life seem heavy on me. I keep crying. I want to die with imaan. May Allah Ta’ala make us all die with imaan as a muslim Ameen. I am too scared of myself. 1. Is it compulsory to reply to these thoughts?Does asking questions of this sort in this question affect imaan? 2. What is the ruling in regards to putting condition on imaan ( which obvious i never ever in any case want to put any condition on my imaan – never ever. I love my iman) just want to know generally. Please tell me something to put my mind at ease. These bad thoughts want me to put condition on imaan which i never want to put and thoughts go to extreme level to which i cannot go in depth and think cause they get more severe and severe so i say no conditions and no bad intentions and try to ignore. Then i also say Allah knows or i say Allah is merciful. But then i get affected by these forceful scary bad thoughts over and over again.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

May Almighty Allah alleviate you from the predicament you are faced with. Aameen.

Shaytaan being our enemy will employ different tactics to accomplish his mission of misleading us and making us lose our Imaan (faith).

We advise you not to ponder and build on these thoughts and scenarios, as you will be aiding the Shaytaan in fulfilling his mission. Do not allow the whispers of Shaytaan to intimidate you.

Hereunder are some ways to combat the whisperings of Shaytaan:

  • Constantly recite the undermentioned supplications/duas :

رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ

Translation: O Allah! I seek your protection from the evil whisperings of the Shaytaan, and, O my Rabb, I seek Your protection that they (the Shaytaan) approach me (because they always approach with evil).’”

(Surah Al-Mu’minoon, Verses 97-98)

اَللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ وَسَاوِسَ قلبي خَشْيَتَكَ وذِكْرَكَ واجْعَلْ همتي وهَوَايَ فِيْمَا تُحِبُّ وتَرْضَى

Translation: “O Allah! Make Your fear and remembrance the obsession of my mind and divert my will and courage to the performance of deeds that please You.”

لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله

Translation: There is no power to neither do any good nor prevent any evil except in Allah


  • Recite the Ta’awwudh as much as possible.   
  • Recite Surah Al-Falaq and Surah Al-Naas
  • Implore Allah Taalah in Du’aa to alleviate you from your predicament. Du’aa is the most powerful weapon of the believer.


  • Whenever any doubt/waswasa arises, tell yourself that your Salaah, wudhu, ghusl and everything else is correct and valid no matter what Shaytani whisperings enter the mind. As a remedy, tell yourself that every action of mine is valid irrespective of the evil whisperings. This may be difficult for the first few times, but it will become much easier after effort and hard work.


  • Read the book “Combating the whisperings of Shaytaan” by Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahimahullah).

Kindly refer to this book


My beloved Ustaadh Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb (Damat Barakatuhu) advises:

When you are on a highway filled with smoke that obscures the road, you will not worry to remove the smoke. You will focus on the road and drive through the smoke. You will pay attention on the road and not at the smoke.

The wasaawis are like the smoke. Ignore the wasaawis and work through them even though your work might feel obscured. Do not get caught up with the tricks of Shaytaan.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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