Here are some Fawa’id about the obsessive thoughts that some brothers/sisters might get when trying to perform acts of worship. I hope they make things easier for you in Shâ’ Allâh.
Ibn-ul-Qayyim: The one who sits down in order to make ablution, has intended the ablution (!!!). The one who arises in order to pray, has intended the prayer. The sensible one hardly performs an act of worship but that he has already intended it. The fact is that if Allah had obliged us an act without intention, then it would have been impossible. (al-Islah, p. 67)
Ibn-ul-Qayyim: To doubt the intention of one’s action is a type of madness. (Ibid, p.67)
2. The verbal intention.
Ibn-ul-Qayyim: The devil has made the verbal intention into a battlefield for those with whispters (wiswas). He imprisons them by it and punishes them with it. You see how they strive in order to utter it correctly – and it has nothing to do with the prayer. (Ibid, p.67)
3. Where do they come from?
Ibn-ul-Qayyim: al-Ghazali said that whispers (waswasah) either spring from ignorance about the religion or also from a madness and both belong to the greatest deficiencies (Ibid, p.69)
4. Free time and work:
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Free time is deadly. The one who is not busied by knowledge or work gets these obsessive thoughts. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 45)
5. Perhaps a drop of urine exited?
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: There are those who, after having urinated, feel something down there and (they) drop the pants in order to look. Do not do that. Ignore it. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 46)
(Shaykh al-Fawzân also said in one of his tapes that this (these obsessive thoughts regarding drops etc) should be ignored)
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: After urinating and that the last drop has went out, one should just wash the glans and nothing more. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 46)
6. Shaking it and pressing from…
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: There are people who, after having urinated, press their penises from the anal to the glans and some shake them. This is an INNOVATION. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 46)
7. Two doubt their Wudhu
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Two kinds of persons always doubt their ablution: the one with obsessive thouhts and the one with constant gases. The person with the obsessive thoughts should wean himself from it and ignore them and the person with the gases goes with that which is convincing until he hears or feels something. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 61)
8. Jumping into a river for Ghusl and then doubting it?!
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Obsessive thoughts (Wiswas) are dangerous. A man came to a Shaykh1 and said: I bath in the flood Tigris after orgasm. I then pray and persuade myself to [think that] I am not clean. The Shaykh then said: Do not pray. The prophet said that the mad one is not responsible for his deeds until he becomes normal and you are mad. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 23)
1. (The shaykh mentions in his FHM tape 5 that the shaykh was Ibn ‘aqil al-Hanbali)
9. To BREAK the wudhu in order to be sure of one’s next wudhu?
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: An example of these obsessive thoughts is to doubt whether one is clean or not and in order to be sure, one BREAKS THE ABLUTION. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 23)
Please note: Some people who know that they are clean, but to be “sure”, they break the wudhu by touching the penis or farting etc, look at this stupidness, they BREAK THE WUDHU to be sure? And then they remake the wudhu not realising that they were already convinced of the former wudhu, they would otherwise not BREAK IT, you can’t break something that is not there.
10. What do they lead to?
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Obsessive thoughts lead to madness. (FHM 5)
11. The preseminal fluid issue
Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: There are people who imagine that they they got preseminal fluid as soon as they think. These are the whispers of the devil and should be ignored. (Sharh-ul-Bulugh 1/421)
12. Why do jews not get whispers when they pray?
Ibn-ul-Qayyim: Ibn ‘Abbas was asked why the jews not get whispers when they pray. He said: What should the devil do with a ruined heart? (al-Wabil, p.52)
Just a quick note: I will in Shâ’ Allâh gather some Fawâ’id in regards to other kinds of Wiswas (such as ‘Aqîdah, belief etc). These were more leaning towards Taharah and the intention. Bârak Allâhu fîkum. aFatwa.com