How Can I Deal with Doubts I Experience during Ablution?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick

Question

Would you please help me with a question that has been a huge trial for me because I cannot find a satisfactory answer? I know that one should ignore doubts about breaking wudu after completing the wudu or during prayer. What about doubts experienced during ablution?
I get this constant feeling whenever I begin wudu, and I’m not sure, so I repeat my wudu over and over again.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to that which is pleasing to Him.

Satanic Whispers – Waswasa

What you described is called waswasa and is also referred to as OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Waswasa is one means that the devil uses to misguide people and distract them from Allah by casting doubts and whispers (waswas) into their hearts. You should categorically ignore these, and Allah knows best. 

We strongly advise you to oppose the devil by simply ignoring these distractions. If you do not follow through with this, you will find more and more doubts until your life becomes unbearable, Allah forbid.
Seeking a Fiqh ruling will not assist you in your problem as it is not a Fiqh problem but a spiritual cum psychological one.

Please see the answers below for more details and solutions to this severe affliction:
How Can I Deal With Waswas Regarding the Prayer? (Shafi’i)
How Can I Overcome Excessive Waswasa (Misgivings)?
Heavily Afflicted by Waswasa
Does Repeating Verses of Surah Fatiha out of Waswas Break Continuity? (Shafi’i)
I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.