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Dealing with OCD

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Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I experience negative thoughts and feelings of all kinds. I have OCD and I know some of these thoughts/feelings are caused by my OCD and some are just natural human emotions like envy/ arrogance/ frustration, resentment, hate toward others.

What can I do?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

I pray you are well.

It seems that you may have multiple types of OCD. The type which relates to your thoughts is called Intrusive Thoughts. The subject of the thoughts is religion and its practice, as well as other things. Merely ignoring them will not stop them.

OCD is a defence mechanism. It’s there to protect you from repeated exposure to some emotional trauma. You need therapy to address this in order to remove the need to have a defence mechanism.

You do not need to worry about being held accountable for the thoughts. Take the bull by the horns, and actively seek out a means to resolving your issues. Intend to use this as a means to improve your relationship with Allah and His creation, and it will be an act of worship.

Please refer to this answer for more information.

May Allah facilitate your healing.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

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