How can I combat Waswasah (whisperings of Shaytaan)?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh
There are many ways to overcome and deal with Waswasah (evil whispers).
Hereunder are some supplications you may recite to combat the whisperings of Shaytaan:
رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ
[المؤمنون: 97، 98]
Translation: “My Lord, I seek your protection from the evil whisperings of the Shaytaan, and I seek refuge with You, my Lord, from their presence.”
لاحول ولا قوة إلا بالله
Translation: “There is no power and no might except with Allah.”
أعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي وَمِنْ شَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ
Translation: “I seek refuge in you from the evil of my soul and from the evil of Satan and his companions.”[i]
Try your utmost to recite the aforementioned Du’as whenever you experience such thoughts. Also try and read Ayat-ul-Kursi abundantly. A key point that must not be forgotten is Du’a. Turn to Allah in humility and make sincere Du’a that Allah alleviate you from your predicament.
Evil thoughts are not bad. Entertaining them is the problem. A thieve only goes to a home where there is a treasure. Likewise, Shaytaan is trying to make you despondent and leave the good you trying to do. The best remedy is to simply ignore it.
Continue doing good deeds. Don’t make this a reason to stop doing good actions. By continuing in doing good actions, one will indeed overcome the plots of Shaytaan and defeat him.
You should keep yourself occupied because an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. Try and make a routine of reciting Quran as much as possible.
Verily Allah Ta’ala says:
وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۙ
(سورة الاسراء: 82)
Translation: And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers (Surah Al-Isra: 82)
Keep yourself occupied by reading authentic Islamic literature. Another way of keeping yourself occupied is by listening to Islamic lectures.
Along with this, we advise you to listen to the following discourse in regards to dealing with Waswasah (whispers):
Lastly, it would be extremely beneficial if you could link yourself with a reputable spiritual guide and follow his guidelines.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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