VISITING HAUNTED PLACES
As they say that everything happens for a reason, so why would demonic possessions be an exception to the rule? This paranormal phenomenon also happens due to some reasons. In this post and the subsequent ones, I shall discuss the reasons, one by one, so that we can find out for ourselves how the satanic spirits manage to turn a normal, happy-go-lucky person into a maniac. However, before I pinpoint the first cause let me quote a couple of Quranic verses, which give us ample proof of the pre-requisites for a demonic possession. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: “Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves, except those who follow you of the Ghawin (Muskrikun and those who go astray, criminals, polytheists and evil-doers’. (TMQ-15:42) “Verily! He has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allah) His power is only on those who obey and follow him (Satan) and those who join partners with Him (Allah). (TMQ 69:99-100) These verses make it clear that an evil spirit cannot harm a person who has a strong faith, who does not associate partners with Allah (swt) and who does not indulge in any vice. The evil spirits will not find any weak spot, thereby, through which they sneak into their target’s body. Depending upon the above mentioned factors a person can be mildly or severely affected by the evil spiritual entities. Now let us understand why generally such unfortunate incidents take place: *Visiting haunted places* I have discussed in my first post that the spirits usually inhabit desolate places, ruins, graveyards, garbage dumps etc. So a person who visits such places (whether intentionally- as in ghost tours or unintentionally- as in stumbling upon by chance) is in a way inviting the ire of the ghosts living there. The ghosts who dwell peacefully in such regions would consider human visits as an encroachment on their territory. Besides disturbing the ghosts, the people who dare to visit such creepy places can also earn their wrath in other ways. One needs to be very alert in such places as any activity could lead to drastic consequences. Umpteen cases have been found in which urinating near a tree led to demonic possession because the ghost was lingering around the tree and he got furious. There was a case where throwing hot water in a toilet led to demonic possession. The ghost later on explained the reason behind his revenge, to the exorcist. He said that hot water had been thrown on him without any warning! The point to be noted here is that Tasmiya (Bismillah hir Rahman ir Rahim) should be recited before we do any work. An otherwise harmless action can lead to demonic possession because the spirit thinks that it is being overridden, whereas the truth is that a person can not even see it. Therefore, since we understand the grimness of the situation, so we should practice utmost care if we ever find ourselves caught in such spooky places.