Fri 25 Jm2 1435 - 25 April 2014
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A woman who has been guided to Islam fears for herself and is suffering from waswaas (insinuating whispers of the Shaytaan)

I am a muslimah who lives in a non-muslim country...i have been blesse by the almighty who has guided me to the right path last year(started practissing islam althought i've been a muslimah my whole life) anyway for the last few months  my iman has dropped tremendously...alhamdulillah i haven't stopped doing anything but i have been overwhelmed by wiswas...and i've tried some duas and although it has  helped a bit it hasn't helped me to its fullest...a feel so afraid of everything around me (mainly the kufaar and their ways) i don't what it is that's making me feel this way but i really don't like it...i'm so afraid of being led astray...i sometimes get some weird thoughts in my head now i know it's sheitan messing with my head but i just want to know what to do to get rid of it...i've read some duas as i've mentioned above read some quran...but nothing yet...now i know it's something i'm doing wrong but i just want to know what it could be? if you have any suggestions on what it could be please let me know jazakumallahu khairan and may allah guide us to the right path amin?

Praise be to Allaah.  

Allaah has given man in this world that which will help him to worship and obey Him as He has commanded. He has given him strength in himself and has created him in the best mould (cf. al-Teen 95:4). Then He sent His Messengers to mankind to tell them the way to worship and obey Him, and He sent down His Books to mankind, and gave the ability to understand and learn. 

The slave has to seek the means which will help him to follow the path of obedience and faith. These include: 

1 – Striving to perform the obligatory duties as prescribed in sharee’ah, and doing so regularly. 

2 – Striving to keep away from haraam things and sin, because that has a great effect on man’s heart. 

3 – Taking time to read Qur’aan. What we should note here is that the kind of reading Qur’aan which has a beneficial effect on the one who reads it is that which is accompanied by thinking and pondering the meanings of the verses of the Qur’aan. Allaah has told us of the effect of the Qur’aan on His believing slaves, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“and when His Verses (this Qur’aan) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith”[al-Anfaal 8:2] 

“Allaah has sent down the Best Statement, a Book (this Qur’aan), its parts resembling each other (in goodness and truth) (and) oft‑repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allaah”[al-Zumar 32:23] 

4 – Remembering Allaah (dhikr) and persisting in doing so. Beneficial dhikr is that which is done in the heart and on the lips. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest”[al-Ra’d 13:28] 

5 – Calling upon Allaah (du’aa’) and turning to Him. Among the du’aa’s concerning this is that which is described in the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): 

“There is no-one who is afflicted by distress and grief, and says: ‘Allaahumma inni ‘abduka ibn ‘abdika ibn amatija naasyati bi yadika, maada fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka. As’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghayb ‘indaka an taj’al al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’ huzni wa dhihaab hammi (O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your maidservant; my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety),’ but Allaah will take away his distress and grief, and replace it with joy.” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, should we learn this?” He said: “Of course; everyone who hears it should learn it.” 

6 – Striving to reduce your attachment to this world and developing an attachment to the Hereafter, for being preoccupied with the worries of this world makes a person more worried and anxious, and makes the problems that he is going through occupy all his thoughts and give him sleepless nights. 

7 – Doing things to help one relax and dispel worry, such as keeping company with righteous people, relaxing in permissible ways and giving oneself variety to avoid a boring routine. 

If you feel the need to visit a psychologist and consult him, there is nothing wrong with that, so long as you beware of the deviant principles of some doctors. 

Shaykh Muhammad al-Duwaysh.
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