Wednesday, July 17, 2024
No menu items!

Differentiating between waswasah and nafs

Fatwaa ID: 1769

Question:
Asalamu’alaikum mufti,I have a question: How can we differentiate the wishpers of shaitan and our desires (temptation)? How can we know which one is which

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

What is the benefit and purpose of your question? What difference would it make if you were able to differentiate between the two? We have been warned against both, the waswasah of the shaytaan and the waswasah of the nafs. Seek refuge from both as Rasulullaah ﷺ taught us. Work against both. Focus on rectifying yourself, engaging in righteous deeds and staying away from evil deeds. When you do so, you will be fighting your nafs and the shaytaan.

أعوذ بك من شر نفسي، ومن شر الشيطان
“I seek refuge in you from the evil of myself and the evil of the shaytaan.” [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood]

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

03/06/1445 AH – 09/22/2023 CE | AML3-3715

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

__________________
Disclaimer

Darul Iftaa New York answers questions on issues pertaining to Shari’ah. These questions and answers are placed for public view on askthemufti.us for educational purposes. The rulings given here are based on the questions posed and should be read in conjunction with the questions. Many answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation. 

Darul Iftaa New York bears no responsibility with regard to its answers being used out of their intended contexts, nor with regard to any loss or damage that may be caused by acting on its answers or not doing so.

References and links to other websites should not be taken as an endorsement of all contents of those websites. 

Answers may not be used as evidence in any court of law without prior written consent of Darul Iftaa New York.