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Back Alley Jinn Exorcism in the UK

Last year, the BBC reported on a case where four family members were found guilty of murder.  The victim, Naila Mumtaz, an expectant mother, was found smothered in the home she shared with her husband, Mohammed, in Birmingham, England.  Mohammed and his parents, Zia Ul-Haq and Salma Aslan, along with his brother-in-law, Hammad Hassan, denied the allegations and defended themselves by claiming that Naila’s injuries were self-inflicted, and that she was possessed by a jinn (djinn), an Islamic evil spirit, similar to the Christian concept of a demon.

Although it received some media attention, this was not an isolated case.  Catrin Nye (BBC) reported a rise of criminal abuse in the UK related to the exorcism of jinn (a practice called “Ruqyah”) in recent years.  Some of these cases have resulted in the victims’ death, with the so-called “healer” (“raaqi”) often escaping punishment, being hidden by members of their communities.  Even in the majority of cases, where death does not occur, we find victims of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues being denied the proper medical treatment in favor of exorcism.

The jinn are described in the Qur’an (55:15) as a race of creatures with free will, created from a “smokeless flame” by Allah.  They are physical in nature, but are invisible to humans.  The fact that the jinn have free will means that they can be good, evil, or neutral.  However, Islam’s Satan, known as Iblis or Shaytan, was the only jinn to be considered equal in standing to the angels.  The Qur’an tells the story of the creation of Adam, where Allah commands the angels to prostrate before the freshly minted human.  Only Iblis refuses (7:11-12). This story may be the reason behind the general view of the jinn as essentially malevolent.

The jinn are said to have the power to possess matter in our world.  They can possess whole human bodies or can possess specific organs.  The possession is generally believed to be the result of a magical attack inflicted by an evil magician. Symptoms include a feeling of heaviness about the head or shoulders, distasteful reaction to reading or hearing verses from the Qur’an, an anxious reaction to the azan (call to prayer), nightmares, suicidal tendencies, auditory hallucinations, withdrawal from society, irrational anger, and others.  It is also said that the jinn can cause someone to be unsuccessful in business, schooling, and reproduction.

The general nature of these symptoms makes it fairly easy to diagnose almost anyone with possession, especially victims of mental health disorders like schizophrenia, psychosis, or bipolar disorder.  There is a cultural stigma against disorders of this kind within the Islamic community, making it desirable to attribute these issues to the interference of jinn, as it lays the blame on an external source.

Ruqyah is traditionally performed by reciting certain passages of the Qur’an in Arabic.  While these passages are read, the raaqi will blow air into their cupped hands, and then pass the hands over the body of the possessed.  Sometimes, the raaqi will enter into conversation with the jinn, and will urge it out of the person’s body.

While the described method of Ruqyah does not seem violent or painful, there are others that aren’t so harmless.  Victims are sometimes tied or held down, some are beaten with sticks, and some, like Naila Mumtaz, are actually smothered.  The blame is always put upon the possessing jinn, who will make the victim thrash or enter into what doctors know as epileptic seizures (a noted symptom of possession).  Obviously, this type of Ruqyah can have devastating results.

Health officials continue attempts to curb these traditional views, but belief in jinn possession is still prevalent in modern Islamic culture.  And while it would be presumptuous to say that the jinn do not exist, we cannot ignore the very real mental illnesses that we know do exist.  Some of these disorders become worse with time and lack of treatment, and by ignoring modern science and attributing these symptoms to a supernatural source, the individuals who make these judgments are guilty of criminal negligence.  As long as the stigmas against mental health continue to proliferate in Islamic communities, law enforcement and health officials are fighting a battle they cannot win.

An example of Ruqyah performed by Younus Mirza, a raaqi in India

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A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder – you can only see it in the photo

A Scottish resident took a photo of an abandoned building, and then could not believe his eyes when he looked at the finished photograph. From there the woman’s face was looking at him, but the man is sure: there was no one in the ruins of the house. Finding an explanation for what he saw was not easy.

A photographer from Scotland, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to arrange an unusual photo session, Unilad writes.

His choice fell on several abandoned buildings that are located in one of the parks in the North Ayrshire region. After taking a couple of pictures, he went to the studio to print them, and then looked at the finished result.

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The negative of one of the photographs of the photographer

Mysticism often happens in abandoned buildings , and the case with a man was no exception. In one photo, the Scotsman saw the ghostly silhouette of a woman looking at him from a window. However, the man assures that there was no one in the building, and he was alone in the ruins.

During the shooting, I did not feel anything unusual or anything otherworldly.

Despite the fact that the woman’s face looks intimidating, he is glad that he managed to capture it. Moreover, the hero of the story shared the frame with all friends who adore mysticism and riddles.

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Pay attention to the left window

I’m happy that I was able to capture something that looks like a ghost. I am even proud to be able to show photos to people who love riddles.

Many people, according to the photographer, are inclined to believe that this is a ghost, who love to talk to children so much, although the author of the picture himself is in no hurry to draw conclusions. He even looked at the frame under a microscope, but never came to the truth.

You can, of course, speculate, but the human brain makes us see familiar traits everywhere, especially if we look at them long enough.

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Moreover, the photographer, according to him, does not really believe in ghosts and other mystical phenomena.

I don’t like the term paranormal. As for ghosts, I don’t know if they exist. I don’t even know how to define them. What is it? Energy?

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Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted

A Redditt user with the nickname grandslammer0891 from Mansfield, Massachusetts, posted a video from security cameras at a friend’s house, which scared him and left users in disbelief.

The author of the video explained that his friend left home by the end of August, leaving four huskies in the care of a friend. He usually visited them during the daytime.

One day the owner of the apartment received a notification in the middle of the night that the camera recorded some kind of extraneous movement. At that time there were only dogs in the house.

The video captured the kitchen and part of the living room. A dog is lying on the sofa in the right corner, and you can trace the turns of the head by its ears. When her ears turn to the left, then in the dark you can see the transparent figure of a moving person.

The video puzzled users and caused a mixed reaction from them. Some could not find an explanation for what they saw and panicked slightly. The dog’s head turns towards the ghost, which suggests that it also noticed the apparition.

“What is it, I saw it … with my own eyes. Does anyone else see this? Because it seems to me that I definitely saw something wrong. No no”.

Others decided that a man had walked past the window on the right, and his shadow flashed on the left in the headlights. Some users even believe that a live person got into the frame.

“I hope your buddy has a gun. There was a real intruder. “

Some readers agreed that the ghost video is quite plausible, since Massachusetts is full of ghosts.

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Paranormal researcher warns that Ouija boards can summon dangerous demons

Paranormal researcher Paul Marsters criticized British retailer Poundland for selling Ouija boards as part of Halloween decor. He warned that only professional mediums should use the boards, and ordinary people can summon deadly demons. 

Paul, who is a member of True Paranormal Events UK, was stunned when he saw a £ 1 ($ 1.29) Ouija board in a local budget store.

 “Ouija boards are definitely not toys and should not be available to children to buy in stores on Halloween, let alone adults who are not trained in how to use them. It doesn’t matter if they are plastic or wooden ”, – quotes the words of the ghost hunter Hull Live. 

Paul Marsters explained that people can accidentally summon dangerous spirits that will torment their victim in the future and may even lead to suicide. 

“On Halloween night, the veil on the spirit world is very thin, and people only buy these boards for Ouija sessions on Halloween, so I’m afraid to imagine what will happen when these boards are in the wrong hands,” the expert said. 

Poundland noted that Ouija boards can only be purchased by persons over 18 years of age. This item sold out quickly before Halloween due to its popularity.

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