Ibnul Qaiyum mentions in Ighaathatul Lahfaan, volume 1, pages 206-207

After discussing how those who have Wiswaas obey the Shaytaan, he mentioned from Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisee that he said:

Indeed a group from those who have these whispers have made a reality of obeying the Shaytaan. They are described as those who are afflicted with his whispers, they accept his statement, obey him, and turn away from following the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم and his companions. It may reach the extent to which one of them will find that if he makes Wudoo, the Wudoo of the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم or prayed as his prayer (صلى الله عليه و سلم ) then his ablution is false and his prayer isn’t correct [due to these whispers]….!

He then mentions a story Abul Farj Ibn Al Jawzi mentioned from Abil Wafaa Ibn Aqeel:

A man said to him, “I dip in water many times repeatedly and I am doubtful if my Ghusl is correct or not. What are your thoughts regarding this?

The Shaykh said to him: Go, for indeed the obligation of prayer has been dropped from you!

He said: How?

He [the shaykh said]: Because the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

The pen has been lifted from three: From the sleeper until he wakes up, from the minor until he grows up, and from the insane until he comes back to his senses or recovers.

He who dips in water repeatedly and doubts that water touched him is Majnoon [insane].

Translated by

Majid Jawed Al-Afghanee
Abu Layl


Is it that wiswaas can lead to insanity?


If one knows someone with wiswaas, one would realize that some of them are insane or close to insanity. A lot of them claim they have Jinns, but as the Mashaykh mention, the reality is that a lot of them don’t have any Jinns. Rather, it is just that they have whispers and the likes and they don’t take the measures to cure themselves from it.

Answered by

Majid Jawed Al-Afghanee
Abu Layl