A different kind of demon

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GENERALLY, Christians believe that there are two orders of existence, which we may refer to as the physical and the spiritual.

Of these, there are good angels and rebellious angels, commonly known as demons.

However, in Islam there is a third order of creature known as the jinn.

Muslims believe that angels were created from pure light. The jinn, on the other hand, were made from smokeless fire. Long after the jinn were created, God made humans from clay.

The jinn live in a parallel dimension to ours. They are of a slightly lower order than human beings, but their big advantage is that although we can’t see them, they can see us.

Unfortunately, although some jinn are devout and God-fearing, many are deceitful, vindictive and malicious.

The leader of the rebellious jinn is Shaitan. Shaitan is the Muslim parallel to the Christian Satan, but the big difference is that Muslims believe he is not a fallen angel, but one of the jinn.

Muslims also believe that it is generally the rebellious jinn which possess human beings.

The Muslim exorcist will normally ask the jinn three questions; its name, what religious persuasion it belongs to and just why it has possessed the person in question.

He will then recite passages from the Qur’an, which the jinn find intolerable to listen to, and, eventually, the interloper will be forced to vacate its human host.

I have seen jinn possession first-hand, and it isn’t pleasant.

Victims – more often non-Muslims than Muslims, surprisingly – will often speak in a deep, robotic-like voice, their facial features may change and they may display strength way beyond the norms of the average human being. They may also become violent.

When the Quranic passages are recited, in Arabic, the jinn will often force the human host to put their hands over their ears in a desperate effort to block out the sound.

In the case in question, I watched as the exorcist, an Imam, interrogated the jinn and then took hold of the little finger of the woman’s right hand.

The body of the jinn’s human host began to writhe violently. After the recitation of several passages from the Qur’an the jinn was forced to leave, and the victim slumped into unconsciousness.

She eventually awoke and, to my knowledge has been fine ever since.

To those who doubt the reality of jinn possession, all I can say is that until you’ve witnessed it yourself you really aren’t in a position to judge.

Whereas in some Christian denominations exorcisms are carried out secretively and in the presence of only a few, carefully selected observers who are sometimes made to promise that they will not discuss the matter publicly afterwards, or even what the results of the exorcism were, in Islam observers are not discouraged and even welcomed, as witnessing the expulsion of a jinn through the power of God via the Qur’an can, despite the distressing circumstances, be a faith-building exercise.

Now I must confess that, as a recent convert to Islam myself, it could be argued that I’m not in the best position to be objective regarding the case at hand or, conversely, the Christian exorcism I discussed last week.

All I can say is that I’ve done my best to be fair and balanced and, fortunately, can call on a number of witnesses who were present on both occasions who can support the accuracy of my account.

After 40 years of research I’ve found answers to many paranormal phenomena in the Qur’an, so much so that my conversion was, I suppose, inevitable.

Regardless, I still feel able take an objective view.

Possession of any kind is a deeply unpleasant experience both for the victim and their friends and family, and I’d certainly be interested to hear from anyone who’d like to share their own story.

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