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I Feel As If Satan Had Overtaken Me

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Apr 11, 2017

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I had lymphoma which has been cured successfully; I have been undergoing treatment. I don’t know whether it is a side effect or not, but I see myself very evil. A few months ago, I’ve decided to avoid all sins and get closer to Allah. I just wanted to change myself and get on the right path, but I feel as if Satan has overtaken me. He is roaming in my mind. He put doubts in me and sometimes says that I am so evil or that I can never get close to Allah. When I look into the mirror, I see myself as a really mean and rude person, I don’t know why, though, I don’t attempt any sins practically. But I think my thoughts and my heart are sinful. I really hate my heart. How should I get close to Allah? My inner consciousness is always underestimating me that I can never be pious. I have two sounds in me; one always tells me to trust Allah, pray, avoid sins, do good deeds, and get close to Allah, while the other says the opposite. Please help me. What shall I do? I feel trapped; I feel bad because of this all. Am I on the right path or not? I feel Allah doesn’t love me. I really want His love. Please help.

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I Feel As If Satan Has Overtaken Me

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As-Salamu ‘Alaikum sister,

Thank you for writing. I am sorry to hear all that you are going through, but I am happy that you are on the road to recovery in sha’ Allah.

The feelings, emotions and perceived evilness may be a side effect of your medication. I cannot say for sure as I do not know what medications you are taking, but it is quite possible. I was taking an antibiotic once and started to see and smell things and hear odd sounds from far away. I went to the hospital because it scared me, and they looked up the medication. What I was going through was an adverse reaction to the medication; all my symptoms were listed. It was called “heightened sensory awareness”. They stopped the medication immediately and the next day I felt normal, alhamdullilah.

At any rate, sister, I encourage you to tell your doctor about these feelings and thoughts immediately. They may have to change your medications. Often, cancer patients can develop temporary psychosis in relationship to the strong medications that are used. While undergoing treatment, they become paranoid, think they are being poisoned, or feel that family members are kidnapped, and so on.

From my experience with clients who are on medications due to severe illnesses, I have seen these reactions before. Usually, the emotions are attached to something the person values. In one client’s case, it was her home; she always felt her home was on fire, or she smelled smoke, or that something evil was trying to take away her home. She had worked all her life to save money to buy her home for her family, so it meant a lot to her. The final diagnosis was Decadron psychosis. She was on high levels of steroids to reduce inflammation from the treatment, and once it was reduced, her symptoms disappeared.

So, there are a lot of possible etiologies for your doctor to examine and determine what causes this reaction. Thus, I encourage you sister to contact your doctor as soon as possible in sha’ Allah.

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Regarding Islam, your love for Allah (swt), and your desire for His love is highly valued by you, it would make sense that your emotions and thought processes surrounding this may have been disrupted if you are having a reaction to medication. Be assured that Allah (swt) knows your heart, your intentions, and He (swt) loves you very much.

Sometimes, when we seek to get closer to Allah (swt), we can be overwhelmed with feelings of guilt, inadequacy, feelings of loss and yes, even feelings that we are evil for previous sins we may have committed. In your case, these natural feelings may have become amplified due to your illness and medication, leading to a false sense of reality. However, you must rely on Allah (swt), make du’aa’, recite Qur’an, and truly believe that Allah (swt) is Most Gracious and Most Merciful. Don’t fall into despair and don’t lose hope in Allah (swt). Be confident that there is a solution out there for you, you just need to ask! Believing that Allah (swt) is not capable of fixing a situation can cause you to fall into disbelief.

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So, sister, I implore you to read the words of Allah (swt), take them to heart, and know that we face struggles all through our life. If Allah (swt) wants to purify us, He (swt) will give us trials. If Allah (swt) loves us, He (swt) will put us through hardships according to the level of our faith. Be sure that if you have good in your heart, He (swt) will reward you with better than what was taken from you, or hardships you have faced.

Sister, this is not an easy path that you are on, and what you are going through is extremely difficult and scary, I am sure. However, in sha’ Allah, once the doctors find out what is wrong and correct it, in sha’ Allah, you will feel like your normal self again. Despite your difficulties right now, I am so happy to hear you are serving Allah, desiring His love, and longing to do right. This is the intention of your heart which Allah see’s. It is beautiful.

Despite your difficulties right now, I am so happy to hear you are serving Allah (swt), desiring His love, and longing to do right. This is the intention of your heart which Allah (swt) sees. It is beautiful.

You are in our prayers, sister. Please do see your doctor regarding this as soon as you can, and let us know how you are doing.

Salam,

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Aisha received her PhD in psychology in 2000 and an MS in public health in 2009. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. Aisha specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach. Aisha works at a Family Resource Center, and has a part-time practice in which she integrates healing and spirituality using a holistic approach. Aisha plans to open a holistic care counseling center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocate for social & food justice. In her spare time she enjoys her family, martial arts classes, Islamic studies as well as working on her book and spoken word poetry projects.

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