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Q: Please advise on any action to be taken or moreso specifically any Duaa to be read for protection against the evil whisperings of shaytaan which often occurs whilst reading Salaah or Quraan and as well as other acts of Ibaadaat. These evil thoughts are of a grave nature which is really bad but constantly comes to mind when reading Salaah and other Ibaadaat Salaah. As much as I try to ignore them, the more it occurs.

A) is Salaah valid if these thoughts cpme to mind whilst reading Salaah?

B) how should one avoid them? I also experience plenty of doubt so much so that sometimes I read the same Salaah couple of times.doubt is about if i read a Surah after Surah Fatiha, did I recite property, did i sit for Tashahud, did I miss a rakaat? I also experience lots of doubt whilst making wudhu?

C) how should these doubts be ignored?

D) with regards to Salaah, if i have doubts if I read a Surah after Surah Fatiha or if I read Tashahud, what should I do?

E) if I feel I read but in actual fact I never read at all, will my Salaah be valid?

F) with regards to Wudhu, if I doubt I broke Wudhu and I try to ignore the doubt, and feel that I did not break Wudhu, but in actual fact I did break wudhu and I read Salaah, Will my Salaah be valid?

G) If Salaah is read while evil Haraam thoughts cross the mind, Is the Salaah valid? Before I used to read Quraan and Salaah with ease, nowadays I feel it difficult due to the above, please advise on any course of action to take to remove them.


A: Just think of something that you hold in esteem, like Jannat or the Ka`bah Shareef or of death.

a. Yes

b. Just don’t pay attention to these doubts. Just continue with your salaah

d. Just continue.

e. Yes.

f. Until you are not absolutely certain consider yourself to be in the state of wudhu.

g. Yes.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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