mental illness

Question ID: 30758

Assalaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh, Mufti Saheb. I hope you are well, Inshaa’Allaahu Ta’aalaa.
A person has presented a problem to me, asking me to inquire from the knowledgeable ‘Ulamaa a solution for him.
This person has been suffering for some time from an illness the western world terms: ‘Impulse Control Disorder (ICD)’.What happens to this person is that he gets at random times, an almost irresistible urge to do something, and becomes unable to control himself and rid himself of the urge. The danger lies in the fact that the urges he gets are to do Haraam, evil things like murder. He may see a person walking close
to the edge of a cliff, and suddenly get an intense urge to push the person off. Sometimes the urges are to do Fahshaa’ (Shameless) things, like walking nudely in public, and other such vile acts.The western world regards this as being just a mental illness, but is it not possible, Mufti Saheb, that such a person is infact possessed, or under the influence of some Shaytaan? Seeing as, were he to give in to any of these urges, he would bring upon himself the extreme Ghadab of Allaah Rabbul ‘Izzah and land in Jahannum. This person performs the five daily Fard Salaah. However, he is not very strong upon the Sunnah of Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam). For example, when performing Wudoo, out of laziness and to try and save time he performs only the Faraa’id. It is the same with Salaah. Even though he will atleast perform the Fajr and Maghrib Salaah in their entirety, when it comes to Zhuhr and ‘Asr Salaah he performs only the four Fard Rakaa’aat, and with ‘Ishaa only the four Fard Rakaa’aat and the three Rakaa’aat of Witr, no Sunnah or Nawaafil. But this person wears the Sunnah Libaas, and does not shave his beard.So what is Mufti Saheb’s advice regarding this person? What can he do in order to attain Shifaa’?
Jazaakallaahu Khayran Katheeraa.

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Asked on November 16, 2012 11:59 am
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This person must read the 'Manzil' at least twice a day, blow on water, let some saliva go into the water and drink. Let him perform what he can. Do not put pressure on him. See an Alim. A person is not accountable for actions done in the state of insanity.
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Answered on November 16, 2012 11:59 am