This is going to be hard to explain but I'll try my best. Let me give you an example:

Suppose there is a man who worships idols. He's been worshiping idols his entire life. But one day, for absolutely no reason, he suddenly says "I should not worship idols. There is only one God and Muhammad is His messenger". Why does he say this? No reason at all. He knows absolutely nothing about Islam. He just decides to take that leap of faith and say it. And every time he starts to think "How do I know Islam is the true religion? I have no proof!", he just dismisses it as whispers of shaytan.

Belief has not entered his heart. His heart still believes that idolatry is true. But he just keeps telling himself "These are all whispers of shaytan. Islam is the true religion". He has no reasoning, no basis, no proof. Yet, he just decides to accept Muhammad out of blind faith. He wants to be a muslim simply because he wants to believe that it's the right thing to do. That's all. His heart is still attached to idolatry, but he just ignores them as waswas.

If someone asks the man "Why do you believe Islam is the truth?", the man will reply "It just is. I don't need a reason to believe". If someone asks him "How do you know idolatry is wrong?", he will reply "It just is."

I hope you guys understand what I'm trying to say here. So in conclusion, what he did is that he took a leap of faith and converted all his disbelief to waswas. Is this acceptable in Islam? If he just keeps telling himself that everything he has always believed are waswas (without any actual reasoning), would he be considered a muslim in the eyes of Allah? If he proclaims the shahadah whilst in this state, would his shahadah be valid?

If you don't understand the question properly, please let me know. I'll try to explain again.


Muhammed a.s told that the evil thoughts of my Ummah eill be forgiven until they dont act upon them . So keep worshipping Allah alone without associsting any partners . And Allah Only knows Best May Allah protect you from accursed shaytan

  • If for example, I had a strange dream or thought, and I feel the need to discuss with one of my parents about “what kind of dream/ thought is this”? “Is this a lesson”? Or what it is? Because it’s hard to figure out. And it’s also look very real sometimes the thoughts I have. If I open a discussion about a bad thought I had in order to solve it, then this it will not be counted? Because, I’m confused in this – Alex A Mar 28 '18 at 9:05

I don't think it would. Because he has no actual connection to Islam and its difficult if not impossible to conceive how would anyone decide to suddenly believe in Islam instead of idolatry with absolutely no reason to affect this transition -- without assuming that the said person has acted with absolute mindlessness and irrationality. It's also difficult to conceive how such a person would be actually connected to Islam in any sincere way without falling into nifaq. As far as I know, most if not all Islamic schools hold that one should accept the principles of faith based on some reason and evidence. Quran itself considers belief in Allah to be rational and demonstrable and stresses the importance of true faith over concealed disbelief (nifaq).

So the injunction of disregarding wasawis seems to be valid for cases when one has some certainty and confidence in Islam but has also some doubts without them being strong enough to fully nullify his reasons for confidence in Islam. But in case someone has even a practical reason to choose between Islam and idolatry (like enjoying the benefits of life in a Muslim-majority society), even then it would be irrational for him to consider either idolatry or Islam to be waswas for the concept presumes the existence of a waswas-inducing Satan for whom he has no reason to believe.

Besides, I recommend you to read this answer I posted to a question asking "Why take Muhammad's words?" in the hope that you will find some reasons to tip the balance of your doubt in favor of Islam.

  • I'm sorry but I disagree. Millions of people are born to muslim families and they become connected to Islam simply because they were raised into it? Did they have any gopd reason or evidence that islam is the truth? Of course not. It only started off as a lifestyle. Then after practicing Islam for many years, they became connected. – user16329 Dec 4 '16 at 7:19
  • Same applies to the man in my example. He will keep following Islam. If he starts falling into nifaq, he will just say "These are all waswas of shaytaan". As he keeps following Islam, he will slowly start getting connected. And after a while, Islam will start to feel like the truth. I don't care what the Islamic schools say. I'm tired of humans making their own interpretations of this religion. If someone accepts Islam even by leap of faith, he should be a muslim. – user16329 Dec 4 '16 at 7:23
  • @curiosity, But if you ask those millions of Muslim-born people they will give you some reasons, however unsophisticated they may be, for believing in Islam. Many will tell you that they have an internal sense of truth and security in Islam which explains their faith consistent with Quranic injunctions. And that this sense has never yet been undermined by any serious doubt. Or by arguing how Islamic teachings enrich their lives. But in your example, there's absolutely nothing that explains the person's connection to Islam, not even an internal sense of truth however simple and unsophisticated. – infatuated Dec 4 '16 at 7:35
  • The person is said to just suddenly jump over all that it normally takes for such a radical change of life from idolatry to Islam without the force of a persuasion which has to either come from of some sort of a truth argument or at least some self-interest (like wanting to marry a Muslim spouse). The said person may later develop some faith in Islam upon learning about it, but until then there's nothing by which to explain and recognize his faith. – infatuated Dec 4 '16 at 7:44
  • But what deep inside the person's heart, he felt that it's the right thing to do (without any evidence or basis)? Would Allah accept his Imaan? – user16329 Dec 4 '16 at 10:41

There are 2 issues here.

❶ - The issue of believing without being able to explain the proofs of it, and whether there is any basis for that. This is in reality acceptable because Islam teaches us that the fitrah (the natural disposition upon which mankind was created) was on tawheed, the sincere belief in God's Oneness and submission to Him alone. Whenever a person believes in Islam, be it with provable evidences or not, he is matching that fitrah within himself to the Islam he sees. He recognizes it inherently as the truth. (Of course, without proof/knowledge, the person has lower faith, faith can slip away, the person can easily get misguided and so on).

وإذ أخذ ربك من بني آدم من ظهورهم ذريتهم وأشهدهم على أنفسهم ألست بربكم قالوا بلى شهدنا أن تقولوا يوم القيامة إنا كنا عن هذا غافلين - "And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], "Am I not your Lord?" They said, "Yes, we have testified." [This] - lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, "Indeed, we were of this unaware"." (7:172)

This verse explains the time before our physical/bodily creation, when we all testified to the Oneness of God. Then we are created bodily in due time, and this is why we inherently reject idolatry of all forms by basic reasoning as well as feeling it as wrong in our hearts - because we testified to it's falsehood already, and the truth of the Oneness of God. That is why many people accept Islam but may not be immediately able to point out exactly why they find Islam to be the truth. They will all however say that it just makes sense, it feels right.... and no doubt it does because they testified of it's truth with their souls.

❷ - The issue of whether such a "belief" will be accepted or not: A possible proof of the acceptance of mere submission as opposed to full belief is in the verse below:

قالت الأعراب آمنا قل لم تؤمنوا ولكن قولوا أسلمنا ولما يدخل الإيمان في قلوبكم وإن تطيعوا الله ورسوله لا يلتكم من أعمالكم شيئا إن الله غفور رحيم - "The bedouins say, "We have believed." Say, "You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], 'We have submitted,' for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful"." (49:14)

Even though these desert arabs had submitted only, without belief entering the hearts, they were promised that they will not be deprived of the rewards of the good they do. This is one interpretation, and possibly the reward may mean leading them on to true faith due to the good deeds they do by obeying Allah and the Prophet, etc.