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Struggling with Waswasa & Impurity; What to Do?

07 August, 2022
Q Salam. I’ve been struggling for the past month with waswasa. I used to live a life of ignorance when it came to impurities. I would wash my hands but then dry using an impure towel or on my impure clothes and my feet would be impure also through impure water. I feel as though impurity is everywhere now. My carpet got wet with water. My “ritually” impure hands/feet were dry but I touched the carpet with both to check for wetness. I used my brother's towel to dry the water (the wetness went onto the majority of the towel) and forgot to wash it. I washed it when I realized but my brother used the towel after 2-3 baths (to dry his wet body) that my mum gave him. I feel as though every time he goes in the bath now his body is ritually impure as he used the impure towel after bath before I washed it so his body is impure due to drying the wetness on himself. I feel like he makes the bath water impure whenever he gets in as well as the water mug used in the bathtub which mum uses to bathe him with. She then uses that same water jug that has been in the impure bath water to wash him off at the end of the bath. I keep washing the towel and mug after he bathes because I feel as though his body is impure after bath and he spreads impurity everywhere. I don't know what to do as it affects me praying every day.


One of the most common manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder is related to cleanliness.

Check out a specialist if you suffer from constant doubts about your ritual purity or struggle with feelings of yourself or your surroundings being unclean.

You need proper treatment to get rid of these obsessive thoughts and actions. Why? Click on the video and listen to Sr. Aisha’s advice.

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About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha has a PhD in psychology, an MS in public health and a PsyD. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years at Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. She has worked with clients with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, and OCD. She also facilitated support groups and provided specialized services for victims of domestic violence, HIV positive individuals, as well youth/teen issues. Aisha is certified in Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Management, Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Confidentiality & Security. Aisha is also a Certified Life Coach, and Relationship Workshop facilitator. Aisha has a part-time Life Coaching practice in which she integrates the educational concepts of stress reduction, mindfulness, introspection, empowerment, self love and acceptance and spirituality to create a holistic healing journey for clients. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocates for prisoner rights/reentry, social & food justice, as well as advocating for an end to oppression & racism. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys her family, photography, nature, martial arts classes, Islamic studies, volunteering/charity work, as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.