Avoiding hesitations
Fatwa No: 88359

  • Fatwa Date:26-7-2004 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 9, 1425
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Question

What to do in order to avoid hesitations in my duties? My problem is that everything I begin, I can not end it because of hesitations.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Islam urges Muslims to aspire for the benefits of this worldly life as well as the Hereafter. Here are some matters that help a Muslim to achieve this:

1- A Muslim has to use all the means that help him reach his aim such as consulting the trustworthy people and people who are experienced about the matter which he wants to carry out. Indeed, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to seek the advice of his Companions although he was supported by Revelation, so that people would imitate him in this regard.

2-  Seeking Allaah's Help and consigning oneself to Allah's Will.  Indeed, Allaah legislated for us to perform the Istikhaarah prayer in all our matters. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to teach Istikhaarah prayer to his Companions  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them in the same manner he would teach them a Chapter from the Quran so that the person's heart would be attached to Allaah and rely on Him. Hence it is said; whoever makes Istikharah does not get disappointed and whoever seeks advice does not regret it.

3.     Being courageous, having confidence and not being pessimistic or losing hope, Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: "I used to serve the Prophet of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) whenever he dismounted (to stay somewhere). I used to hear him saying very often, "O Allaah! I seek refuge with You from having worries, sadness, helplessness, laziness, miserliness, cowardice, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered by other persons unjustly."

It is reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “A strong believer is better and is more beloved to Allaah than a weak believer, but there is good in both of them. Strive, to attain that which will benefit you and seek the Help of Allaah and do not feel helpless (be lazy or despair). However, if a misfortune befalls you, do not say: "If I had done such and such, it would have been better'', but rather say: ''Allaah predestined so, and whatever Allaah wills, will happen, as the subordinating conjunction ''if'' opens the doors of the devil.'' [Muslim]

4- Not acting according to whispers and illusions and seeking the refuge of Allaah from the evil of the devil.

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

Allaah Knows best.

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