OCD and Urges

Fatwa ID: 03577

Answered by: Maulana Nabil Khan

 

Question

I swear on god almighty that I am not an enemy of Islam. It is only because of my OCD that I send those weird questions about nudity, imagination and other similar stuff that seem to be repeated again and again. One of the main characteristics of OCD urges. I feel so unwell that I cannot even sleep because I need to feel reassured I haven't committed kufr. MERCY?!

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

The ADHD and OCD disorders that you are dealing with are real-life disorders that affect the mental state of a human being, thus altering the rulings in many cases. The Prophet (SAW) has mentioned that mistakes and actions are overlooked for three individuals incapable of acting coherently in their states. One of the three individuals the Prophet (SAW) “the mentally ill until he can understand or retain consciousness.”

In the case that one is overcome with OCD and does not realize what he is doing at that moment, then insha Allah he will be void of any sin. This is what

the Prophet (SAW) had mentioned in this abovementioned hadith as well as many others.

As for your fear of kufr, please do not despair. Allah is the Most Merciful and is All-Forgiving towards his slaves. This test from Allah can be a means of you entering paradise and Insha Allah, retaining great reward in the hereafter with your patience and effort. A similar occurrence happened to a woman in the time of the Prophet (SAW) where she was afflicted with epilepsy and would even strip off her own clothing in the act. She asked the Prophet (SAW) to make dua for her to be healed. He (SAW) said, “If you wish I will pray for your healing or you can be patient.” She chose to be patient while seeking dua that she does not remove her clothing anymore, which the Prophet (SAW) prayed for her accordingly.[1]

In the same manner, you are being tested and it does not mean Allah is angry with you, rather Allah loves you and is testing you, so be strong, seek His forgiveness and do not despair.

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Nabil Khan

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 


[1] Sunan Al-Tirmizi #1423 5328

حدثنا مسدد حدثنا يحيى عن عمران أبي بكر قال حدثني عطاء بن أبي رباح قال قال لي ابن عباس ألا أريك امرأة من أهل الجنة قلت بلى قال هذه المرأة السوداء أتت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقالت إني أصرع وإني أتكشف فادع الله لي قال إن شئت صبرت ولك الجنة وإن شئت دعوت الله أن يعافيك فقالت أصبر فقالت إني أتكشف فادع الله لي أن لا أتكشف فدعا لها حدثنا محمد أخبرنا مخلد عن ابن جريج أخبرني عطاء أنه رأى أم زفر تلك امرأة طويلة سوداء على ستر الكعبة

 

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