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I reverted back to Islam a few months ago, but I have waswas especially right before I start fasting. This makes it difficult for me to brush my teeth and have suhoor and everything in peace. I ask Allah to help me with this issue, is it a test from Allah? Is it a punishment, from shaitan, or just ocd? Please help

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  • This is a test from allah
    – Anonymous
    May 9 at 9:11
  • @Anonymous how?
    – hi8162
    May 11 at 9:28
  • "Do people think once they say, “We believe,” that they will be left without being put to the test?"Quran (29:2)
    – Anonymous
    May 11 at 11:41
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This is definitely shaytaan messing with your mind, you must fight and ignore them.

And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. [29:69]

Keep on seeking refuge in Allah (أعوذ بالله مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ) each time these thoughts come up and remind yourself that the evil could never hurt or control you, unless you allow them to.

...Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak. [4:76]

And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. [41:36]

There is a principle in jurisprudence called اليقين لا يزول بالشك meaning: certainty cannot be dispelled by doubt

For example, It is permissible for a fasting person to use miswaak and toothpaste whilst fasting, so long as he is careful not to swallow anything. In fact using the miswaak is Sunnah when fasting and otherwise.

Therefore, ignore such thoughts until you are certain something has gone down your throat

Here's some more recommendations

Lastly, I advice you to Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah

Perhaps the book Hisnul Muslim will help you achieve that

I have used Saheeh international in this post

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  • thank you. but i heard somewhere that shaitan is locked up during ramadan?
    – hi8162
    May 10 at 0:51
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    @hi8162 not all shaytans are locked up May 10 at 1:40
  • also see this youtube video 14min in about waswas for people that start practicing islam: youtube.com/watch?v=Lt-TGPmP3WY&t=878s May 10 at 1:42

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