Doubts in the mind regarding Imaan

Fatwa ID: 01782

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

If a person in the MIND says ' I am not Muslim, I denounce Islam' and the person is not sure if these statements in the mind were with or without intention. Does that make him a non Muslim? The person is not sure of the intention.

 Answer:

Bismillah

Saaiduna Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) said: “Some of the companions of the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) came to him and said, We find in our hearts things that none of us dares utter.’ He said, ‘Do you really find that?’ They said, Yes.’ He said, ‘That is clear faith.’ (Sahih Muslim)

The Shaitan only whispers to people of faith; as for those who are non-believers or non-practicing he comes to him however he wants and does not limit himself to waswaas, rather he toys with him however he wishes.

In the meantime increase your zikr and remembrance to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and don’t let these thoughts overtake you. Whenever you feel the doubts and whispers overtaking your concentration in salah then spit dryly three times to your left before you start your salah.

Saaiduna Uthman Ibn Abil Aas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) said: “The Shaitan was interfering with my prayer and recitation of Qur’an. The Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ‘That is a devil called Khanzab, so seek refuge with Allah from him and spit dryly to your left three times.’ I did that, and Allah took him away from me.” (Sahih Muslim p.224 v.2)

With regards to your question, having doubts on your Imaan does not take you out of the fold of Islam.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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