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I am a 33-year-old lady who is married with children. My question is that
I have been suffering from Waswasah (insinuation or obsession)
for five or six years. This condition preoccupies me while performing Wudu' (ablution) so that I cannot proceed with it. I spend an hour and a half performing Wudu' for every obligatory Salat (Prayer) because I always think I have not completed it. The same happens with regard to Ghusl (ritual bath), I spend three hours and yet I think I have not been purified. It also takes me three hours to have a normal shower. This obsession also deprives me from wearing nice clothes. I have been treated in a mental hospital
and by Dr.
Muhammad `Irfan in
I hope that your Eminence will consider my situation and guide me to what will help me repel this obsession. Moreover, I did not fast some days of Ramadan since my childhood and I cannot count these days; what should I do regarding them? Please answer my questions, may Allah grant you success!
You have to seek Allah's Refuge from the accursed Satan, ask the help of Allah (Exalted be He), ask Him to grant you recovery, (Part No. 10; Page No. 342) recite Ayat-ul-Kursy (the Qur'anic Verse of the Throne, Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:255) whenever you go to bed, and say: "Bismillahi al-ladhi la yadurru ma`a Is-mihi shai'un fil-ardi wa la fil-sama'i , wa Huwa-al-Sami`-ul-`Alim [In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing]" three times in the morning and three times in the evening. You also have to do Ruqyah (reciting Qur'an and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) for yourself by reciting Surahs (Qur'anic chapters) of Al-Ikhlas and Mu`awwidhatayn (Surahs Al-Falaq and Al-Nas) three times, blowing into your hands after each time and rubbing every part of your body that you can reach when you go to bed, starting with your head, face and the front of your body. You should also make Du`a' (supplication) to Allah to remove the malady you have, and say: "Adhhib il-ba's Rabb al-naas, ashfi, anta Al-Shaafi, laa shifaa'an illa shifaa'uka shifaa'an laa yughaadir saqaman" [O Lord of the people! Remove the harm and bring about healing as You are the Healer. There is no healing but Your Healing, a healing that will leave no ailment]. You have to repeat this three times. Moreover, you should say the Du`a' for Removing Distress, by saying: "La ilaha ill-Allah Al-`Azim, Al-Halim, La ilaha ill-Allah Rabb-ul-`arsh al-`azim, La ilaha ill-Allah Rabb-ul-samawati wa Rabb-ul-ardi wa Rabb-ul-`arshi al-azhim (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the All-Mighty, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the heavens, the Lord of the earth and the Lord of the Honorable Throne)". Once you finish Wudu' or Ghusl either after menstruation or Janabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge), be sure you have been purified, ignore the obsession, and do not stay for long in the bathroom for the obsessive thoughts you are suffering from come from Satan. If you follow what has been mentioned above, these thoughts will stop by the Permission of Allah (Exalted be He).
If the reality is as you have mentioned, i.e., if you did not fast some days of Ramadan when you were a young adult and you do not know how many days these are, you should fast for a number of days until you think you have most probably made up for the days. As for days you had not fasted before you attained puberty, you do not have to make them up. May Allah grant you recovery. (Part No. 10; Page No. 343) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.