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.”
Many 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]
These struggles manifest in troubling thoughts that make everyday life extremely difficult, as well as in doubts concerning purity, prayer, issues concerning marriage and divorce, and more.
The answers below aim to convey the questioners struggling with waswasa and OCD clarity and practical solutions to their inquiries.
Faith and Thoughts-Related Issues
Filth and Impurity-Related Issues
Ritual Purity-Related Issues
Family, Marriage, and Divorce-Related Issues
Practical and Food-Related Issues