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When an evil thought comes to mind

Question

What should one recite when an evil thought comes to mind?

Answer

There are several recommendations for a person who receives bad thoughts/ideas.

 

1) He should try and ignore that thought and not entertain it. Sometimes this is sufficient to remove it from the mind.

 

2) He should recite the following du’a:

اَعُوْذُ بِاللّٰهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ , اٰمَنْتُ بِاللّٰهِ وَرُسُلِهِ

A’uzu billahi minash shaytanir rajimi, amantu billahi wa rusulihi

 

3) If it needs to be addressed, he should approach a reliable competent scholar to answer these thoughts.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 341 and 343, with the commentary of ‘Allamah Nawawi)

 

4) One narration also suggests recital of Ayah: 3 from Surah Hadid.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 5069 & Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar