Abundant Doubts about Wudu, Ghusl and Prayer
Fatwa No: 381811

  • Fatwa Date:28-8-2018 - Thul-Hijjah 17, 1439
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Question

Assalamu Alaikum, I get doubts sometimes regarding wudhu, ghusl, salah...whether I have done these acts correctly or not, whether my intention while doing them was formed correctly or not and so on. Sometimes I feel it might be waswasa but then some times I feel if these doubts and correct and I ignore thinking they are waswasa, then I will be sinning and a lot of my acts of worship won't be accepted (for eg. if I genuinely make a mistake and feel a doubt while making ghusl, then choose to ignore as it's a doubt and then continue to pray and fast etc, if it's a genuine error, my prayers and fasting etc become invalid for days...). So how should I tackle this? How do I ascertain whether or not the doubt I am feeling is waswasa, so that I choose to ignore or act upon it? Please advise as this is eating my peace of mind and affecting my concentration and performance of ibadah...fasting, praying and also spending my time wisely...

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Some jurists defined abundant doubt to the situation when doubt comes to the person every day even if it is once. Such doubts are considered to be whispers, so one should not pay attention nor give in to them so as avoid putting himself into hardship or make things difficult for himself.

Doubt about purity and prayer may drag the person to start doubting his faith as stated by ‘Elleesh, a Maaliki scholar who was a Judge.

Therefore, if you are in such a state of doubt, then ignoring this matter, about which you have doubts, is the correct thing to do, and your act of worship is sound. It seems that the doubt that you are experiencing is of this kind (whispers), which is evident in your statement: “….this is eating my peace of mind and affecting my concentration and performance of ibadah...fasting, praying and also spending my time wisely...”

Our advice to you is to seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan when you have doubts, and you should mention Allah as much as you can and perform Ruqyah.

For more benefit on Ruqyah and how to treat OCD, please refer to Fataawa 370312, 83401, 4551, 88660, and 92491.

Allah knows best.

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