Fatwa ID: 01782
Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
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.
Saaiduna Abu Hurairah said: “Some of the companions of the Prophet of Allah 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 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 said: “The Shaitan was interfering with my prayer and recitation of Qur’an. The Prophet of Allah 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