Obsessive-compulsive Disorder And Practicing Religion

Question

I am an OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) patient. I know that conscience always tells you what is wrong and what is right but for me my conscience always tells me that whatever I do is wrong. This goes deep down in an issue and proves to me that I am wrong or whatever I am doing is a sin and sin of a very bigger nature. I am seeking a psychiatrist but since the disorder is always related to Islamic nature I thought that I should also ask a religious expert that what Islam says in this regard. What to do in order to realize what is actually wrong in Islam and what is not? One thing is that I keep on asking questions of whatever issue I get but the questions never stop in a case of mine.


Answer

Compulsion to learn the religious stances it is very natural. You only need to learn a thing thoroughly and then do not entertain doubts in that. If you feel compelled to doubt something even after thorough search and research then it is a problem for which you have to take medical advice. As long as it remains within the natural limits it is ok but encouraged.

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