Praise be to Allaah.
Compulsive waswaas (al-waswaas al-qahri) is a kind of
sickness, and the one who is affected by it should treat himself in a number
1 – Turning to Allaah and beseeching Him, for He answers the
one who is in distress if he calls upon Him, and grants him relief. So let
him say what Ayyoob (peace be upon him) said:
“And (remember) Ayyoob
(Job), when he cried to his Lord: Verily, distress has seized me, and You
are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy”
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) said: “Allaah has not sent down any disease but He has also sent down
its cure. Those who know it, know it, and those who do not know it, do not
know it.” Narrated by Ahmad, classed as hasan (sound) by al-Albaani in Ghaayat al-Maraam, So the cure comes from Him, and healing is in His Hand so beseech Allaah and make the most of the time before dawn, for Allaah descends every night to the lowest heaven when the last third of the night is left, and He says: “Who will call upon Me, that I may answer him?
Who will ask of Me, that I may give to him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?” Narrated al-Bukhaari, and Muslim,.
2 – Turning away from
waswaas and what it calls you to, and distracting yourself from it by
keeping busy with worship and acts of obedience as much as possible. Hence
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told the one
who was affected by waswaas: “Let him seek refuge with Allaah and stop (such thoughts).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, and Muslim,.
If the urge to swear and curse comes, then seek refuge with
Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan, and keep yourself busy with remembrance
of Allaah (dhikr) and glorifying Him (tabseeh), or raise your voice reciting
Qur’aan, or speak to your friend, and so on.
3 – Remember Allaah a great deal (dhikr), especially by
praying for forgiveness, for waswaas comes from the Shaytaan or he has some
involvement in it, but when Allaah is mentioned he slinks away or flees.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And if an evil whisper from Shaytaan (Satan) tries to
turn you away (O Muhammad) (from doing good), then seek refuge in Allaah.
Verily, He is the All‑Hearer, the All‑Knower”
Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Tafseer (exegesis):
With regard to the devils among the jinn, there is no way to
ward it off if he whispers except to seek refuge with his Creator Who has
allowed him to gain power over you. If you seek refuge with Allaah and turn
to Him, He will restrain him and foil his plot. When the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stood up to pray he would
say: “I seek refuge with Allaah, the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, from the
accursed Shaytaan, from his whisper, his arrogance and his poetry.” End
Muslim narrated that ‘Uthmaan ibn Abi’l-‘Aas came to
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O
Messenger of Allaah, the Shaytaan has interfered with my prayer and made my
recitation confused.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “That is a devil called Khanzab. If you experience
that, then seek refuge with Allaah from him, and spit drily to your left
three times.” He said: I did that, and Allaah took it away from me.
And the advice that Yahya (peace be upon him) gave to his
companions was: “I enjoin you to remember Allaah, for the likeness of that
is of a man who was pursued by the enemy, until he came to a strong fortress
where he found protection from them. Similarly, a person cannot protect
himself from the Shaytaan except by remembering Allaah (dhikr).” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, classed as saheeh (authentic) by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
4 – Going to a trustworthy Muslim doctor, for this waswaas is
a kind of sickness, as stated above. The Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) said: “Seek medical treatment, for Allaah has not
created any disease but He has also created a cure for it, except for one
disease: old age.” Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi,
2038; Ibn Maajah, . classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
5 – You should note that whoever is afflicted with this sickness is excused for what he says, because he does not say it willingly
and he does not like it. Rather he will be rewarded, in sha Allaah, if he
bears it with patience and seeks reward. He will be rewarded for hating the
waswaas and trying to escape it. Hence when some of the companions of the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came and asked him:
“We find in ourselves something that is too awful for any of us to speak of
it,” he said: “Do you really find that?” They said: Yes. He said: “That is clear faith.” Narrated by Muslim, from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may
Allaah be pleased with him).
Al-Nawawi said in Sharh Muslim:
What this means is that
the fact that you find it too awful to speak of is a sign of clear faith,
because finding it too awful to speak of and being afraid of it and of
uttering it, let alone believing it, is the sign of one who has achieved
true and perfect faith, and who has shed all doubts. End quote.
See also questions no. 62839,
We ask Allaah to heal you and make you well.
And Allaah knows best.