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Salam, I need help and guidance if anyone here knows a Molana or Aamil in Karachi who has knowledge of Jinn & demonic presence in households. We have been facing some problem so urgent help will be appreciated. thanks
So...I was watching this movie Paranormal Activity. I take a lot of interest in the supernatural. What occurred to me suddenly was that what is the difference between demons and evil ghosts in Islam? Yes I believe in the supernatural.
From my younger years, one of the most fascinating things to me revolved around demons. Just their very existence was enough to make me rather religious when I was younger. Now, as I've grown older, I don't carry it as much, but I still think it is interesting. One of things that fascinated me about demons is their number, there are said to be more than humans according to some sources, and others claim that every deity that is ever worshiped is a demon. It's Sunni belief (AFAIK) that Muhammad was bewitched, and it's Shia belief that he was not bewitched because he recited وَمِنْ شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ, (a refuge from the knot blowers). You see, we have very good Jewish friends, and they informed me of a type of segulah (or a charm) that you can use to find lost objects. How many times have you thought you lost something that is right in front of you, only to completely trash your place because you couldn't find the thing that turned out being exactly where it was supposed to be? The idea is that the hider of these lost objects is/are demons (especially if you know exactly where you put it) and this is a very prevalent thought in Middle Eastern Christianity and Judaism.The charm goes that you tie a knot, and that it binds the demon that hides your missing object from you, however you don't blow on it, but it's interesting to note that this type of charm is against demons, and it's intent isn't towards humans. Another is that humans have used demons for help. There was a story in Talmud about the Ashmedai helping Rabbi Akiva restore Judaism in the Roman empire, after a decree was sent out that anyone practicing would be tortured/killed. He (Ashmedai) planned with R. Akiva (who first mocked the idea and said "God, you sent Hagar angels for help, to me you sent a demon?) to posses Caesar's daughter and Rabbi Akiva, when he whispers in his ear, the demon was to leave. Everything goes as planned and Caesar asks "what would you like" and Akiva says "to allow us to practice Judaism" and he reverses his order, and Judaism is established once again. On the spirit world, the Talmud states that one can burn a black cats placenta, who is also the daughter of a black cat, and smears the ashes on their eyelids, they are able to see the spirit world: two precautions are given; one must hide the the ashes in an iron tube (so the demons don't get it) and it may make a person crazy (A rabbi went crazy and all the other rabbis had to pray to God so he would be spared, as he couldn't move after being able to see the spirits, along with the demons). Judaic demonology shares some of the same concepts in Islam, but with jinns. Jewish Kabbalist R. Kaduri used to smoke all the time. Or did he? In a book published by one of his students, he was using smoke to control demons. Why smoke? Because Jewish demonology says that demons are made up of 2 elements, fire and air. In Islam, jinns are made of a smokeless fire, but there seem to be air jinns as well, with all of them being created by a fire that lacks smoke. I've heard it suggested that one of the reasons Christianity spread like wildfire was its effectiveness in alleviating demonic possession. Many cultures held that the symptoms of epilepsy were holy and from their gods, but Christians were able to exorcise the demons out of those who had these "other gods" in them. A story in Acts says that Jews were trying to cast a demon out, and the demon says "I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you", after which "then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding." This was taken later, by Jews and Greeks, that Jesus was who he claimed to be (i.e, Son of God) and that Paul spoke the truth in regards to him, and many converted, and completely renounced devil worship/sorcery and burned their spell books publicly. Anyway, the questions I have on Islam's and Judaism's view on demons is many, but let this be a starting post. Where is a good resource to find out about demons? To what extent to demons affect people who are not possessed? What would constitute an Islamic or Jewish exorcism?
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