Dealing With Misgivings of Impurity
Question: How do I deal with misgivings of impurity?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
Ignoring Misgivings and Doubts
You are right to ignore doubts and misgivings. I sense from your question that you are doubting whether you are doing the right thing in ignoring your doubts. In short, don’t.
Ignore any and all doubts, misgivings, what-ifs, and conjecture. Your statement ‘what if I am actually impure and don’t know it’ sheds light on the issue.
True obedience to Allah Most High, in which is our salvation on the Day of Judgment, is in our fulfillment of the duties that Allah Most High has tasked us with.
Allah Most High has not tasked us with anything beyond our ability and has not placed upon us any undue hardship.
Allah Most High says, “and He has not put upon you in the Religion any undue hardship…” [Qur’an; 22:78].
What is True Caution?
True caution is to follow the Sunna of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace).Misgivings (Waswasa)
For the one who is constantly in doubt abandoning caution is often the best cure.“As for the one who is often inflicted with misgivings, it is necessary for them to sever the cause of the misgivings and not to give it any consideration. This is because it is the doing of Shaytan and we have been commanded to oppose him” [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar].
The long-term cure for these constant doubts is to seek a deeper understanding of Islamic Knowledge. With knowledge, Shaytan can not deceive you with his whispers and plots. I would advise that you find authentic scholars in your area and study with them a basic text in Islamic Jurisprudence.
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Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences