As human beings, it is natural for our minds to wander and for us to experience a range of thoughts, both positive and negative.
However, sometimes we may find ourselves struggling with persistent negative or bad thoughts that can be distressing and disruptive to our daily lives.
In such situations, turning to Allah Alone and seeking His help can provide comfort and strength to carry on. One such powerful tool is the Dua for bad thoughts, which is a supplication that seeks the guidance and protection of Allah (SWT) in overcoming negative thinking patterns.
Dua For Bad Thoughts in English
The Dua to stop negative thought is:
أَعـوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْـطانِ الرَّجيـم, آمَنْتُ بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ
The transliteration of the dua is A’oozu Bil-laahi minash shaytaa-nir-rajeem. Amantu billahi wa rusulihi.
Meaning in English
The meaning of the Dua is I seek the protection of Allah from the accursed devil. I believe in Allah and His messengers.
Evil whispers during prayer and at other times come from the Shaytan, who is keen to misguide the Muslim and deprive him of good and keep it far away from him.
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing.Surah Fussilat 41:36
Some of the Companions complained about the waswas that was bothering them. Some of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said to him,
‘We find in ourselves thoughts that are too terrible to speak of.’ He said, ‘Are you really having such thoughts?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is a clear sign of faith.’” (Narrated by Muslim, 132 from the hadith of Abu Hurayrah).
Al-Nawawi said in his commentary on this hadith (prophetic tradition):
“The Prophet’s words, ‘That is a clear sign of faith’ mean, the fact that you think of this waswas as something terrible is a clear sign of faith, for if you dare not utter it and you are so afraid of it and of speaking of it, let alone believing it, this is the sign of one who has achieved perfect faith and who is free of doubt.”
And it was said that what it means is that the Shaytan only whispers to those whom he despairs of tempting, because he is unable to tempt them.
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How to get rid of bad thoughts about Allah
If you feel that you are being affected by this waswas , say, “Amantu Billahi wa Rasulihi (I believe in Allah and His Messenger).”
Aishah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“The Shaytan comes to one of you and says, ‘Who created you?’ And he says ‘Allah.’ Then the Shaytan says, ‘Who created Allah? ’ If that happens to any one of you, let him say, Amantu Billahi wa Rusulihi (I believe in Allah and His messengers). Then that will go away from him.”Narrated by Ahmad, 25671; classed as hasan (sound) by al-Albani in al-Sahihah, 116
Try to stop thinking about that as much as possible, and keep busy with things that will distract you from it.
Finally, you should keep on turning to Allah in all situations, and to ask Him for help, and to beseech Him, and to ask Him to make you steadfast until death, and to cause you to die doing righteous deeds.
May Allah protect us.