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Dealing with Waswasa: The Dilemma of Intention in Islam

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Q: I am suffering from waswasa for a long time. In Islam every thing is about intention, but I am not sure about my intention. So is it a major sin if I have an intention to do a major sin if I had a chance to do? If a person thinks that he is ready to commit a major sin if he had chance to and then asked forgiveness but he didn’t do it, is the same sin recorded by thinking about sinning or not?


A: Since you are not sure about your intention, do not worry about the negative thoughts and feelings that cross your mind. Do not pay attention to these waswasas. Recite Kalimah Tayyibah in abundance.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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