Compulsive Waswas (Whispers) Leading to Cursing and Swearing


I suffer from compulsive waswas (satanic whispers), especially during prayer and when I am on my own. The kind of waswas that I have is swearing and cursing, which I cannot help saying, such as cursing myself or my father or my mother.

I hope that you can tell me the right way to deal with this, and pray for me. May Allah reward you with good.

Praise be to Allah.

Compulsive waswaas (OCD) is a
kind of sickness, and the one who is affected by it should treat himself in
a number of ways: 

1 – Turning to Allah and
beseeching Him, for He answers the one who is in distress if he calls upon
Him, and grants him relief. So, let him say what Ayyoob (peace be upon him)

And [mention] Job, when he
called to his Lord, “Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most
Merciful of the merciful.”


And the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah has not sent down any disease
but He has also sent down its cure. Those who know it, know it, and those
who do not know it, do not know it.” Narrated by Ahmad, classed as hasan
(sound) by al-Albani in Ghayat al-Maram. So the cure comes from Him,
and healing is in His Hand, so beseech Allah and make the most of the time
before dawn, for Allah descends every night to the lowest heaven when the
last third of the night is left, and He says: “Who will call upon Me, that I
may answer him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give to him? Who will seek My
forgiveness, that I may forgive him?” Narrated al-Bukhari, and Muslim. 

2 – Turning away from waswas and
what it calls you to, and distracting yourself from it by keeping busy with
worship and acts of obedience as much as possible. Hence the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) told the one who was affected by waswas:
“Let him seek refuge with Allah and stop (such thoughts).” Narrated by al-Bukhari,
and Muslim,. 

If the urge to swear and curse
comes, then seek refuge with Allah from the accursed shaytan, and keep
yourself busy with remembrance of Allah and glorifying Him, or raise your
voice reciting Quran, or speak to your friend, and so on. 

3 – Remember Allah a great deal
(dhikr), especially by praying for forgiveness, for waswas comes from the
shaytan or he has some involvement in it, but when Alah is mentioned he
slinks away or flees. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in
Allah . Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (41:36) 

Ibn Katheer (may Allah have
mercy on him) said in his Tafseer (exegesis): 

With regard to the devil among
the jinn, there is no way to ward it off if he whispers except to seek
refuge with his Creator Who has allowed him to gain power over you. If you
seek refuge with Allah and turn to Him, He will restrain him and foil his
plot. When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
stood up to pray he would say: “I seek refuge with Allah, the All-Hearing,
All-Knowing, from the accursed shaytan, from his whisper, his arrogance and
his poetry.” End quote. 

Muslim narrated that ‘Uthman ibn
Abi’l-‘As came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and
said: “O Messenger of Allah, the shaytan has interfered with my prayer and
made my recitation confused.” The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) said: “That is a devil called Khanzab. If you experience
that, then seek refuge with Allah from him, and spit drily to your left
three times.” He said: I did that, and Allah took it away from me. 

And the advice that Yahya (peace
be upon him) gave to his companions was: “I enjoin you to remember Allah,
for the likeness of that is of a man who was pursued by the enemy, until he
came to a strong fortress where he found protection from them. Similarly, a
person cannot protect himself from the shaytan except by remembering Allah.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, classed as saheeh (authentic) by al-Albani in
Saheeh al-Tirmidhi. 

4 – Going to a trustworthy
Muslim doctor, for this waswas is a kind of sickness, as stated above. The
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Seek medical
treatment, for Allah has not created any disease but He has also created a
cure for it, except for one disease: old age.” Narrated by Ahmad, Abu
Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, 2038; Ibn Majah, classed as saheeh by al-Albani in
Saheeh Abi Dawood. 

5 – You should note that whoever
is afflicted with this sickness is excused for what he says, because he does
not say it willingly and he does not like it. Rather he will be rewarded, in
sha Allah, if he bears it with patience and seeks reward. He will be
rewarded for hating the waswas and trying to escape it. Hence when some of
the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
came and asked him: “We find in ourselves something that is too awful for
any of us to speak of it,” he said: “Do you really find that?” They said:
Yes. He said: “That is clear faith.” Narrated by Muslim, from the hadeeth of
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him). 

Al-Nawawi said in Sharh

What this means is that the fact
that you find it too awful to speak of is a sign of clear faith, because
finding it too awful to speak of and being afraid of it and of uttering it,
let alone believing it, is the sign of one who has achieved true and perfect
faith, and who has shed all doubts. End quote. 

Please see also questions no.


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We ask Allah to heal you and
make you well. 

And Allah knows best.

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