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Question: I was born a Muslim alhamdulillah. But i am having this problem of shaytan whispering into me that there are other gods beside Allah. I try to give a logical answer to myself but the shaytan keeps coming back. So pls assist me sheik & i will to know if my way of logical thinking in matters of Islam is appropriate.


Satanic whisperings assail the minds of believers; but we should try to repel his attacks by turning to Allah to seek refuge in Him. Allahsays: "Verily, they who are conscious of God bethink themselves [of Him] whenever any dark suggestion from Satan touches them - whereupon, lo, they begin to see [things] clearly....(Qur'an: 7: 201).

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Satan runs through the blood-veins of the children of Adam; however, if they remember Allah, he retreats." Satan cannot stand the power of dhikr and du'a . The Prophet advised the believers to develop immunity through constancy in dhikr and du'a. In another hadith, the Prophet is reported to have said: "Du'a is the weapon of the believer." So don't get frustrated by such whisperings, fight them through dhikr and du'a; and seek to acquire beneficial knowledge. Proper knowledge of Islam can only be acquired by learning from those who are trained in the correct way. So make sure to build immunity through dhikr and du'a, and acquiring beneficial knowledge.

I advise you to read the following books on the purification of the heart, and practice the tips mentioned: The Purification of the Heart compiled from the works of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn Al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya, and Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, and Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart (Paperback) by Shaikh Hamza Yusuf.


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