Self insinuations

Q 1: I am a nineteen-year-old man. Praise be to Allah, I offer Salah (Prayer) congregationally at the Masjid (mosque), even Fajr (Dawn) Prayer. Sometimes, I pronounce the Adhan (call to Prayer), and I have memorized six parts of the Qur'an. However, there is something which bothers me; when I sit alone (Part No. 2; Page No. 197) in my room, or when I sleep, I imagine that I have traveled to London and committed Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage) there with immoral girls. Am I considered to be a sinner?This does not affect me to the extent of masturbation, except rarely. However, I am afraid that the Hadith which implies that if a person's Salah does not prohibit them from committing evil, Allah will not accept them, applies to me.


A: First: A Muslim is not accountable for obsessions and self-talk, as it is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Allah forgave my people the evil promptings which arise within their hearts, as long as they do not speak about them or act upon them. Second: Masturbation is Haram (prohibited). Third: The Hadith you have mentioned is Da'if (weak), but its meaning is attributed to some of the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) and Tabi'un (Followers) may Allah be pleased with them. As long as you do not commit sins, please do not bother yourself with such obsessions.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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