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What to do when you are faced with wasaawis

Q: My question is about waswaas. Sometimes I can’t tell if I acted upon a tought or not or like commited riya though I dont want to show off. Also, I know that the shaytaan  puts whispers into the hearts of the believers wich have iman but what if you like commited kufr before will you still get these toughts so it means you have iman? This is confusing me.  So that means if someone commited kufr before, but he still gets waswaas means he still has iman and hes a muslim? Also while I am confused am I commiting kufr just by being confused by this?


A: These stray thoughts are from the side of shaitaan. Hence, whenever you faced with these situations of wasaawis (stray thoughts) then recite اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم – O Allah, I seek refuge in you from Shaitaan the accursed. Thereafter do not pay any attention towards these thoughts.

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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