Q: I am a Muslim girl. I want to ask you a question about how can I get rid of my evil habits and my evil thoughts. Whenever I start praying to Allah Ta’ala and remember Allah Ta’ala and my Nabi-e-Kareem (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) many bad intentions come into my mind. I say many bad things which I don’t want to say when I recite the name of Allah Ta’ala or use my Holy Qur’an. I am restless and don’t know what to. Please help me for the sake of Allah Ta’ala.
A: Stray thoughts are not a sin. Hence, don’t pay attention to them and continue with your good works, zikr, durood shareef, etc. Just reflect over this regularly that how merciful Allah is that He has allowed you to take His name and He has promised you reward even if your mind strays.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)