Correct translation of a Hadith regarding stray thoughts

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Q: I wanted to know that if this Hadith talks about every kind of evil unwanted thoughts that come into mind and a person resists it or just related to religion?

Narrates Abdullah bin Abbas that, once, a person came to the Prophet and said, “Sometimes such wicked ideas come to my mind that I would prefer to be burnt down and reduced to charcoal than to give utterance to them.” The Prophet replied, “Praise be to Allah who turned back the matter towards thought sentiment.”


A: The word is not sentiment, it is stray thought.

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


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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