What are intrusive thoughts and how can we avoid it? (Part 2)
As we have discussed in Part 1 that some people are having intrusive thoughts to leap from balconies or to walk in front of an oncoming train. It can be very harmful to a person in severe cases. He can harm himself as well as others. We could also find intrusive thoughts within other mental disorders. It’s difficult to imagine the conversion from one disorder to another. For example, consider someone having thoughts to stab someone in the street. If a person wants to act upon intrusive thoughts he might have developed OCD.
Though if that person opposes his intrusive thoughts. He attributed these disturbing thoughts to another person, the government, the devil, or indeed M15 or the CIA. The thoughts of this person may develop into schizophrenia.
All OCD sufferers are having an exaggerated sense of responsibility due to general dysfunctional beliefs. Different types of dysfunctional beliefs lead to a high level of OCD symptoms. Centuries ago since the first reports of these thoughts, OCD sufferers are seeking help. Currently, 40% of OCD sufferers got relieved with anti-depressants therapies. Interestingly psychologists aim to break links through (CBT) therapy for OCD.
Through (CBT) therapy psychologists identify the dysfunctional beliefs of OCD sufferers and then helping them to change their thinking. Currently, scientists are of the view that CBT therapy is more effective.
Intrusive thoughts and Islam
From the Islamic point of view, these useless thoughts are waswaas (the whispers of devils) and perhaps convert into psychological disorders. However, Quran guides us that we need to find shelter in Allah from this invisible enemy.
“Say I seek refuge with (God) the Lord of mankind, the king of mankind, (and) The God of mankind. From the evil of the whisperer who withdraws, who whispers in the breast of mankind, of jinn and men” (114:1-6).
Similarly, the Quran says: “And if an evil whisper from shaytaan (Satan) tries to turn you away (O Muhammad) (from doing good), then seek refuge in God. Verily, He is the All Hearer, the All Knower” (941:36 and 7:200.)
Looking forward to these verses, perhaps we need to find refuge in Allah as medicines in hands of a doctor or as a sword in the hand of a warrior. If your hand is strong, then the medicines or sword can easily destroy the enemy.
However, your medicines or sword being made of most sophisticated or iron, will not harm the enemy if it is not strongly held. Corresponding to this, if a person fears Allah, then he will become like a fire and will burn all devils. But if it is done by the one who is weak within his faith, he would not able to defeat his enemy.
Allah the Most Merciful knows what is in your heart. He has created shifaa for every disease and every pain and you can get satisfaction when you get close to Allah. You can take help from professionals that can help you out through CBT. Also, you can seek spiritual advice that will purify your soul.
(Written by Sadaf Riaz)