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Oaths Driven by Obsessive Whispering Entail no Expiation

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
Although Allah, The Almighty, has cured me from obsessive whispering(Waswasah), I keep swearing by Allah not to re-perform ablution and prayer, but I do. Am I accountable for this?

Answer:
All perfect praise be to the Lord of the Worlds and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

Oaths made by a Muslim out of obsessive whispering entail no expiation even if he breaks them, because the Shafie, Maliki and other jurists have excused and absolved him from the liability. "Whoever is driven by obsessive whispering in oaths and other acts of worship isn`t considered sinful."{E`anat At-talibeen}.

Obsessive whispering is one of the most serious problems that befall some people and make their lives uncomfortable; therefore, they should ignore it completely because succumbing to it is following in the steps of Satan. Allah, The Almighty, says: "O you who believe, do not follow in the steps of Satan. For whoever follows in the steps of Satan, assuredly he enjoins indecency and what is reprehensible. "{An-Nur/21}. And Allah knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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