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Aslam wa alikum, whenever I am trying to pray all sort of a bad/good things comes in my mind, Please advise me on how to stop myself?Waalikum Wa Salam, Jazakallah khair.

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Evil thoughts are a sign of Imaan. The noble companions complained to Nabi
(Sallallahu Alayhi Wa sallam) of evil toughts to which he replied by saying,
‘That is a clear sign of Imaan.’
The mind is like a highway. Today a king or pious person would pass over it,
tomorrow a beggar or evil person will pass by. Similarly one experiences
good thoughts (of performing Salaat, reciting the noble Qur’aan, etc.), as
well as evil thoughts. One should avoid seeing or doing anything that invite
such thoughts.If the thoughts are not articulated, one will not be
answerable for them. Evil thoughts are like live electric wires. If one pays
attention to them by touching them, he will get shocked.Similarly, one
should ignore evil thoughts and engage in something useful. One may also
read ‘Laa hawla Walaa Quwaata Illaa billahi al-Aliyy al-Adheem’ (There is no
power – to refrain from evil – nor ability – to doing good – except with
Allah, the Most High, the Exalted).

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
FATWA DEPT.

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