" Fiqh- Islamic Jurisprudence "
Do the Inappropriate Questions Coming to Mind About Allah Harm Faith?
Sometimes inappropriate questions come to mind unwillingly. Do these thoughts harm faith?
Questions which occur unwillingly do not damage faith and make the person sinful unless they are with the purpose of denying God. Since such thoughts occur because of satan’s whispers, they do not originally belong to man. By reminding such thoughts, satan tries to trick man, wants him to fall into desperate about faith and lose it at the end.
Suffering in the heart because of the waswas is a sign of faith
Narrated Abu Hurayrah (ra):
“Some of the companions of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said to him:
‘We find in ourselves thoughts that are too terrible to speak of.’
He said, ‘Are you really suffering from that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is a clear sign of faith (misgiving does not harm).’” (Muslim).
In the hadith, companions ask Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) about the misgivings (waswas) that occur unintentionally and unwillingly. In some narrations of this hadith, it is stated that the misgivings mentioned in the hadith are about Allah (swt). Actually, it is not appropriate and acceptable to speak and think about such misgivings about Allah, because they damage faiith. However, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) states in the hadith that, as long as they come to mind unintentionally and unwillingly, they do not harm faith; its proof is feeling suffering in the heart for it.
Feelings that are out of will cause waswas
From time to time, we hear similar whispers by way of some feelings that are out of will such as curious and fear. Since it is really difficult to control these feelings, they sometimes cause unwilling thoughts that our mind and heart do certainly not approve. At this point, satan interferes and tries to make man think that these thoughts have damaged his faith and he nearly lost his faith. Especially the apprehensive and sensitive people fall into satan’s trap and although they have faith in their heart they think that they lost it.
Then, what should a Muslim do when he is face to face with such misgivings?
The thing we should do is to listen to Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) recommend and accept the suffering in our heart a proof of faith. Since we do not accept the misgiving with our heart and our mind, it is nothing than a whisper of satan, perhaps a reflection of whisper. Just as a snake’s reflection in the mirror cannot bite and the image of the fire does not burn; similarly the reflection of a whisper does not damage faith as long as they are not accepted by heart and mind.
Do not repeat the waswas
An important point to get rid of misgiving and overcome satan’s trap is not to repeat it; because if they are repeated again and again, they will strengthen. Whereas the misgiving is just a weak whisper of satan, its being thought and repeated again and again will make it firm.
Never overrate the waswas if you do not want it to harm you
Another point is that misgivings should not be overrated. Man should not consider him in a big danger and panic. This kind of panic may harm him a lot. The only thing and best thing to do is to stop thinking on it and end it, because overrating increases the waswas. Misgivings are similar to balloons. The more you blow, in other words, the more you give them importance, the more they expand. And the more you ignore them, the more they get smaller. Kaynak: http://askaquestionto.us - Do the Inappropriate Questions Coming to Mind About Allah Harm Faith?
brishkhan said on "9.15.2011 15:28" :
wow thank you for this article really helped me a lot... may ALLAH bless you...I suffer from wasswass and OFTEN got depressed because of satan's whispers.... I'll try my best to continue ignoring it........