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How Do I Cure Satanic Whispers Causing Bad Thoughts About Islam?

Answered by Saira AbuBakr
Question: As Salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,
May Allah bless you all who are holding this website giving and helping us Muslims!
I am suffering from some deeply bad whispers. It’s not the kind that I can just ignore. Sometimes I think of deep philosophic thoughts which I can’t handle. I am trying to ignore them but I can’t do so effectively. I don’t really know what to do. All kind of thoughts are coming up like for an example bad thoughts about Allah and the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Sometimes I think things things that lead me to think Shaytan is getting me to abandon my belief. When I get to that point, I try to reject the thoughts and say, “I believe in Allah, La ilaha illAllah, Muhammadar-rasulullah. Never will I loose my faith.” What should I do? These last days are starting to plague me. I try to study more, pray more, and even do more dhikr but my problems persist.
Answer: Walaikum salaam wa RahmatuAllah,
May Allah reward you for asking this question. May Allah ease your situation.
Increase in Knowledge
It is important, as you said, to continuously increase in knowledge. Be vigilant about going to circles of knowledge and blessed gatherings in general. If there aren’t many in your area, start one. Do this even if it is just you and one other brother. Don’t be concerned about the numbers. Make a sincere intention and the gathering will be blessed. From the blessing there will be increase and not the other way around.
Dhikr and Good Company
Continue the dhikr that you are doing. Couple this with righteous company. This is key and its importance cannot be underestimated.
The Messenger of Allah is reported to have said,
A person is on the religion (deen) of his close friend and so one should look at whom one befriends.
Know that it takes effort to maintain relationships and if misunderstandings happen, as they usually do, try to rectify them quickly. Another of shaitan’s ploys is to isolate the believer by baseless whisperings about other believers.
If you currently do not have friends from whom you can benefit, ask Allah to give you good company. Don’t give up. Keep asking. Facilitate for others what you wish from your Lord and you will reap its benefits in this World and the Next. God willing.
For more details to your question, please see Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra’s excellent answers in the two links below:
Doubts About Islam: I Don’t Find Any Observable Effect or Peace in My Worship

Ridding Oneself of Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

God bless.

Did My Guardian Cause My Regrettable Condition by Cursing Me?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu alaikum,
Recently I heard a shaykh say in a talk that “speech is like dua”, so if it is a curse, the effect of it would be like a du’a. When I was growing up, my guardian used to severely curse and beat me on a regular basis. I used to cry to God to take me out of there. I experienced very severe mental and physical abuse. 
I wasn’t allowed to play, have non-school friends, or buy books for pleasure.  I ran away after many years of torturous treatment.

To cope with the bad treatment, I developed a very bad habit.   After 10 years, I still have this problem, but I am trying to fix it.

My question, is it possible that I am cursed for life? I mean most of the time that individual would invoke God’s wrath on me they would say things like May the wrath of God obliterate you, or no individual can stand a human being like you ( paraphrasing ) etc. Partly the curse could be accurate because I did many a bad things and I probably I deserve it. Is there a way to remove these curses?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
No, you are not cursed.
Have a good opinion of Allah, keep returning to Him in all your affairs, seek out righteous company, attend gatherings of knowledge and remembrance, fill your heart with gratitude and acceptance for the way things are, and strive to become of the most beloved of believers to Him. This is what will change your heart, mind, and soul. What happens is not in your control, yet your response and striving is.
Allah Most High says, “Say: My servants who have wronged yourselves, never despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” [39.53]
Repentance wipes away sins and their traces. After repenting, it is as if you never committed that action. This is the Mercy of our Lord. [see: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)]
May Allah free your heart of worries, and make you of the foremost of the righteous.
Please see: How Do You Distinguish Between a Test From Allah and Punishment? and: What Are Some Prophetic Supplications That Can Help Me Deal With Trials in My Life? and: The Believer’s Clarity and: Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Remembering Allah When Getting up From a Gathering

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Thirty-Four):In this lesson, Shaykh Faraz discusses Remembering Allah When Getting up from a Gathering. Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever sits in a gathering where there was much useless talk should say before getting up: <<Subhanak Allahumma wa bi hamdik. Ashhadu al-la ilaha illa ant. Astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk>> (‘Glory be to You, O Allah, and all praise is Yours. I bear witness that there is no god but You. I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You’) and all that they did in the gathering will be forgiven.” [Tirmidhi (3429)]

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