Ignore the Waswasah ~ Whisperings of Shaytaan


 Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas Radiyallahu-Anhu narrated: A man came to Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam and said: O Apostle of Allah! One of us has thoughts of such a nature that he would rather be reduced to charcoal than speak about them.  Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great. Praise be to Allah Who has reduced the guile (deceit) of the devil to just evil promptings.  ~ Sunan Abu Dawud (Hadith # 5114)


People go through different types of spiritual problems, but many are plagued by the whisperings of Shaytaan.

Various strange, distasteful thoughts come to a persons mind, sometimes even in his Salaah, or whilst reading Quraan or Zikr…

A person feels miserable when these disturbing and terrible thoughts enters his mind. These thoughts are not deliberate, but they are cast by Shaytaan and begin to irritate the person. 

One feels despondent….he feels overwhelmed….he fears that he may lose his Imaan because of these stray whisperings. One is shaken!

The simple solution to the problem is to totally IGNORE such thoughts!

Do not become affected by such whisperings of Shaytaan. Do not entertain such thoughts. Just ignore them! Don’t let them bother you. You have NOT lost your Imaan.

Shaytaan wishes to make us feel miserable and hence casts silly thoughts in our minds. He is our enemy. He desires our failure, but cannot go beyond just casting insinuations …

he is absolutely weak compared to the Power of Allah, The Most Great!

The Deception of Shaytaan ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اَللّهُِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

“he beguiles man … he deceives man … he misleads man … “

Shaytaan is insidious by nature! Wicked and cruel! This slinking prompter casts insinuations into mans heart and retreats … He is an open enemy that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala repeatedly cautions us about in the Qur’aan! 

In his sinister plots to mislead he promised Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala :

  “Because You have put me [Shaytaan] in error, I will surely sit in wait for them on Your straight path.  Surah Al-A’raf ~ 7:16

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Then I [Shaytaan] will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].”  Surah Al-A’raf ~ 7:17

In the battle between Shaytaan and Mankind,

there are 4 directions in which Shaytaan assaults man >

“from before them”

He brings doubts in man’s mind and makes him believe that

Aakhirat and Resurrection is something very far fetched!

“from behind them”

Dunya is behind man … He tries to seduce and lure man

with the beauty and the glamour of this world!

“from the right”

ie : from the side of Hasanaat (good deeds) … He prompts man

into procrastinating or discarding performing good deeds

“from the left” 

ie : the side of sins & vice …He prompts man to continue persisting

in evils and to enjoy the ‘so called’ pleasure derived from sins

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Although he has been given respite till Qiyamah … It is mentioned in a Hadith that Allah says : “Oh Shaytaan! As long as man has life in his body, I will never shut the doors of Taubah for him “

… SubhaanAllah! … If for some reason we slip, we should remind ourselves of the Kindness and Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

Allah says: ‘Fasta’iz billaahi minash shaytaanir rajeem‘  (Seek refuge in Allah! )

When a person is going through these whisperings of Shaytaan then one should read  ~ Aoozu billaahi minash shaytaanir rajeem‘ …

One is urged in the Hadith when one becomes overwhelmed by the whisperings of Shaytaan, to read ~ ‘Aamantu billaahi warusulih’ 

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