DEMONIC POSSESSION (AN INTRODUCTION)
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: “(All) praise is (due) to Allah, Lord of the worlds” (TMQ-1:2) The word ‘worlds’ refers to the world in which live, the world above us, i.e. heaven and all that lies in between. Our world is inhabited by human beings whereas the angels live in the heaven. The remaining spiritual entities, such as the jinnat, demons or evil spirits exist in the world in-between our world and the heaven. For those who have a strong faith no proof or explanation is needed to convince them about these spiritual entities and for those who lack faith, no amount of proof would ever be sufficient. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, “When the wings of the night spread-or when evening comes- keep your children in, for the devils come out at that time. Then when part of the night has passed, let them go. And close the doors and mention the name of Allah, for the Satan does not open a closed door. And tie up your water skins and mention the name of Allah and cover your vessels and mention the name of Allah even if you only put something over them, and extinguish your lamps”. (Narrated by Al-Bukhari-3280 and Muslim-2012) This hadith shows that the evil entities become active after the sunset. This is because such entities are forms of dark energies and they need darkness and also stillness of air in order to materialize and become fully powerful. The evil spirits and jinnat inhabit mostly these places: Desolate places ruins Unclean places such as toilets, garbage dumps, dunghills Graveyards Generally, such wandering spirits do not harm human beings. However, there are times when they fear encroachment on their territories by us. At other times they fear being overridden by us. It is in such cases that they tend to attack a human being to take revenge. There is no dearth of cases where the resident spirits try to ward off people to guard their privacy. In one such case, people have experienced in a haunted building- cold spots, strange voices and inability to ascend a particular stair case due to some inexplicable force. In general terms, the word ‘possess’ means to hold as property or to occupy. However, in our topic of discussion the word ‘possessed’ means being under the influence of a spirit. There is evidence of being possessed and maddened by evil entities in the Holy Quran. “Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: Those who eat Riba (usury) wil not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like standing of a person beaten by Satan, leading him to madness”. (TMQ-2:275) When a person is possessed by a spirit it is likely to drive him to insanity because the spirit takes his mind totally under his control. If the spirit is devilish then it can spread evil through the person who is possessed. In such a case it is hardly surprising that the one who is possessed loses his sanity totally. In the subsequent posts I shall probe into this topic further and I shall be dealing with its various facets and also its cure, Inshallah.