I have also lot of waswasa on my state as a believer i.e. I have doubt whether I have committed shirk by thinking evil thoughts, and also when I bend or crouch I get under tension due to fear of committing shirk. What should be my approach?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
These are mere whispering of Shaitaan. Even the Sahaba (Radiyallahu Anhum) used to get such whisperings. Once when they got worried due to the whisperings and consulted the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), he told them that that is clear imaan. In other words, when a person gets whisperings and he gets worried by them, it is clear proof that he has iman. If he did not have iman, he would not have become worried.
The way to be cured of whisperings is to ignore them. You see, Shaitan wants to make Muslims worried, guilty, depressed and sad through his whisperings. If he sees that his whisperings are having the desired effect, he will continue until the symptoms become worse and worse and worse. Shaitan has no mercy. His ultimate aim is to make one ungrateful, and hopeless and depressed so that he stops obeying Allah Ta'ala and ends up in Jahannam, with him.
One the other hand, if Shaitan sees that you are not being affected by his whisperings, he will gradually stop and will pick on someone more vulnerable.
Instead of becoming worried and sad by these whisperings, exhibit happiness, cheerfulness and even ecstasy when you get these whisperings. This will make Shaitan hopeless and he will think that his whisperings are having the opposite effect; and therefore he will gradually leave you alone. Obviously, Shaitan does not have knowledge of the unseen to know that you are faking the happiness.
Also, every time you get such whisperings, think of the greatness of Allah Ta'ala that how He has made the hearts of humans such that they contain endless streams of thought. This will also cause Shaitan to gradually leave you alone.
Also, read our answer on depression.
And Allah Ta'ala knows best
Mufti Faizal Riza
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