How to Cope with Satan’s Whispering

24 February, 2021
Q Assalamualaikum.

One morning I woke up in a panic. I was pacing around and terrified wanting to die because of waswas of shaytan (paranoia/whisperings) and it kept getting worse for some time. For a while it would stay this way and I would be depressed.

Shaytan was trying to fill me with doubt and I try my hardest to push it away. But I can only control it for seconds at a time by reciting, but it doesn’t work after some time. I feel like there’s a lump in my heart and I am scared to face it. I feel almost as if Allah has abandoned me or I don’t know if He is testing me.

I don’t know what I did wrong to deserve this. I can only feel happy sometimes when I recite. I do duaa (supplication) nearly every day, read Qur’an, and try my best not to sin. I don’t know what is wrong with me my heart is constantly feeling uneasy and I am terrified that I will die.

I don’t know how to identify this or how to deal with it as I am rarely able to control it. Please help me, thank you.


Salam Aleikom,

In this counseling video, you will learn:

Experiencing waswasa is not a sign of weak faith

Make dua frequently; remember Allah

Learn deep breathing exercises

Keep a diary to recognize the patterns the anxiety happens


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About Hannah Morris
Hannah Morris is a mum of 4 and she currently works as Counsellor and Instructor of BSc. Psychology at the Islamic Online University (IOU). She obtained her MA degree in Psychology and has over 10 years of experience working in health and social care settings in the UK, USA, and Ireland. Check out her personal Facebook page, ActiveMindCare, that promotes psychological well-being in the Ummah. (