Fatwa: # 23567
Category: Prayer
Country: Canada
Date: 31st December 2012


What should I do about waswasa in my Salat?



I love worshipping Allah, but i have stopped offering salah because of the amount of waswasa i get during salah. Those waswasa are not normal, they render me into thoughts of shirk during salah & i feel like killing myself, but i am too coward to do so, what should i do? I asked Allah's help numerous times, but He is not helping, why is Allah angry with me?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


Was wasa in your Salat is the whispers of the Shaitan. The Shaitan is playing tricks on you so that you will abandon your Salat.[1] You must calculate all the Salats that you have missed and make Qada for each Salat.


The Shaitan only attacks those with Iman. The Shaitan will not attack a person who does not have Iman. In one narration from Sahih Muslim Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi wa Salam mentioned that waswasa is a sign of pure Iman.[2]


The solution to the problem is not to abandon Salat because of waswasa. The solution is to continue doing what you are doing. If you leave Salat then the Shaitan will emerge as the winner. If a thief breaks into your home you would not abandon your home and leave him to freely take what he wants. Instead you would try to get him out without allowing him to take anything at all. Likewise you should fight against the Shaitan so that he does not steal anything from your Salat.


Think of yourself driving on the freeway with a lot of other cars going by. If you should stop and watch them go by you will never reach your destination. Similarly, if you stop performing Salat, you will not fulfill the command of Allah to perform Salat and the Shaitan will be victorious in getting you to be disobedient to Allah.


Salat is one of the five fundamental Pillars of Islam. Salat is Fard (compulsory) upon every Muslim. Regardless of the difficulties you face in performing Salat you should still perform Salat.


Allah will be pleased with the sacrifice of fighting the Shaitan and performing Salat. Leaving out Salat leads to Allah getting angry. Allah does not get angry if one experiences waswasa. 


For further reading on the topic of was wasa please refer to our Fatwa # 22860 By my ustaad, Hadrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb, Madda Zillahu on our website.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best



Saeed Ahmed Golaub


Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved

Mufti Ebrahim Desai




[1]:608 - حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ يُوسُفَ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا مَالِكٌ، عَنْ أَبِي الزِّنَادِ، عَنِ الأَعْرَجِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ: أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: " إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلاَةِ أَدْبَرَ الشَّيْطَانُ، وَلَهُ ضُرَاطٌ، حَتَّى لاَ يَسْمَعَ التَّأْذِينَ، فَإِذَا قَضَى النِّدَاءَ أَقْبَلَ، حَتَّى إِذَا ثُوِّبَ بِالصَّلاَةِ أَدْبَرَ، حَتَّى إِذَا قَضَى التَّثْوِيبَ أَقْبَلَ، حَتَّى يَخْطِرَ بَيْنَ المَرْءِ وَنَفْسِهِ، يَقُولُ: اذْكُرْ كَذَا، اذْكُرْ كَذَا، لِمَا لَمْ يَكُنْ يَذْكُرُ حَتَّى يَظَلَّ الرَّجُلُ لاَ يَدْرِي كَمْ صَلَّى " صحيح البخاري (1 / 125) 


[2]:211 - (133) حَدَّثَنَا يُوسُفُ بْنُ يَعْقُوبَ الصَّفَّارُ، حَدَّثَنِي عَلِيُّ بْنُ عَثَّامٍ، عَنْ سُعَيْرِ بْنِ الْخِمْسِ، عَنْ مُغِيرَةَ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنْ عَلْقَمَةَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ، قَالَ: سُئِلَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنِ الْوَسْوَسَةِ، قَالَ: «تِلْكَ مَحْضُ الْإِيمَانِ» صحيح مسلم (1 / 119) 


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