Obsessive Thoughts About Disbelief

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalam-u-Alaikum

I am suffering from OCD thought since long also getting treatment from psychiatrist and physiologist as well. Please help me in this regard, as my OCD is very severe and about religion im very confuse about disbelief/kufr

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

I pray you are well.

Let me make things very simple for you regarding your OCD and kufr.

1. The fact that you are concerned about this shows that you would never willingly do or say something which is kufr. Therefore, don’t worry about what the jurists have written about istikhfaf and istihzaʾ – disdain and mockery of Islam.

2. Practically every thought and feeling you get regarding this issue is from your OCD. Consider this to be one if the things you are excused from – because you have no control of the matter – and tell yourself you do not need to worry about this issue. You are a believer, and that’s it.

The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “Indeed, Allah has overlook for my community mistakes, forgetfulness, and what they are compelled to do.” (Ibn Majah).

Focus on getting better, and don’t read anymore on the topic. It just feeds your OCD, makes you anxious, and doesn’t help you in anyway at all.

This podcast may be of some help for your OCD. May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked & and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.