A Reader on OCD and Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

“And strive for God, with the striving due to Him.
He has chosen you and has not burdened you in religion
—the faith of your father Abraham.”
[Quran, 22:78]


A lot of Muslims struggle with baseless misgivings (waswasa) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD is defined as “a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.” [National Institute of Mental Health]

Key Principles

Key Principles Relating to Certainty, Doubt, and Baseless Misgivings (waswasa)

Purity and Prayer-Related Issues

What Should I Do If I Have the Urge to Pass Wind or Relieve Myself During Prayer?

Questions Related To The Ritual Bath (ghusl)

Does a Wet Mop Used on a Bathroom Floor Spread Filth Wherever It is Used?

Marriage and Divorce-Related Issues

OCD, Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa) and Divorce

Faith and Thoughts-Related Issues

I Have Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa) About the Soundness of My Faith and My Marriage…

What is the Ruling For Someone Who Has Thoughts of Disbelief Without Saying Them Aloud?

Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship

What Can I Do About Satanic Whisperings That Plague Me And Even Make Me Want to Abandon My Salat?