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Extreme OCD

Fatwaa ID: 1572

asalamalakim I’m suffering from extreme ocd. I was at the masjid yesterday and I shook hands with someone who’s hand was wet and I assumed it was just water. When I sat down I just tried my best not to investigate if the wetness on my hand was pure. I smelt it and I was doubtful if it smelt like urine but there was a smell of something and I also touched some parts of my body and few places .Due to the extreme waswas I washed my hands but didn’t wash my face or other parts which my hand touched and than I went up to the kid and asked him what was the wetness on his hand and he said he did wudu. So should I ignore the doubt which is the wetness impure and I’m still thinking about it. What should I do in this situation?

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

We take note of the details of your query. It is obvious that you are suffering from waswasah. The doubts you are suffering from is from the shaytaan. He whispers them in your mind to trouble you and divert you from good. Ignore them completely. Do not repeat any wudhu or salaah. Perform them once to the best of your abilities and regard them to be valid. The more you entertain the doubts, the more you make the shaytaan happy. You give him the upper hand.

In the enquired situation, regard the wetness to be pure. The default is purity unless you have certainty otherwise. When such doubts come to you, recite أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم and لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

01/13/1445 AH – 07/31/2023 CE | 497

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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