Is it Possible To Dispel Doubts About Islam by Increasing One’s Worship?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Khan
Question: For the last two years I’ve been having many doubts related to Islam.Rather than addressing these doubts, I have kept pushing these thoughts to the side, and increased my deeds. However, my questions have not gone away after doing these deeds. Should I temporarily put a pause on these actions until I find answers for the questions that I have?
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. Please pardon me for the delay in answering your question.
The two are not mutually exclusive. You should continue with your acts of devotion and memorization of Qur’an, and you should also find someone qualified to address your questions/doubts.
Doubts are very normal, especially in our time and milieu of the (post)modern world, with its skepticism, relativism, and overall global hegemonic monoculture. But they are from the devil, or from genuine confusion, both of which are easily dispelled by scholars of intellect and spiritual depth. Moreover today’s skepticism and relativism are new in form, yet their essential content has existed for generations; and Islam has a very rich scholastic tradition that dealt with philosophical misgivings from its earliest times.
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Please see also: Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship and: What is the Ruling For Someone Who Has Thoughts of Disbelief Without Saying Them Aloud?
And Allah knows best.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.