Possessed by Jinns: Many Medieval Muslim Scholars Need Exorcism

Epigraph:

And most of them follow nothing but conjecture. Surely, conjecture avails nothing against truth. Indeed, Allah is well aware of what they do. (Al Quran 10:37)

Possessed by demon or Jinn or suffering from Bipolar disorder or other psychiatric issues?

Possessed by demon or Jinn or suffering from Bipolar disorder or other psychiatric issues?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Demonic possession is not recognized as a psychiatric or medical diagnosis by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioral disorders.

There are many human conditions thought by many to be demonic possession but classed by psychiatry as psychological ailments, particularly dissociative identity disorder. In cases of dissociative identity disorder in which the altered personality is questioned as to its identity, 29% are reported to identify themselves as demons, but psychiatrists see this as a mental disease called demonomania or demonopathy, a monomania in which the patient believes that he or she is possessed by one or more demons.

Some Catholics, contrary to psychiatry, recognize that “those human conditions which psychiatry has given names to under ‘psychiatric disorders’ are manifestations of demonic activity in those human beings, demonic activity which the human being has no participation of will.”

I do not know, how common are demonic possessions as the field of Psychiatry does not recognize them, but, we do have precise incidence and prevalence statistics of psychological illnesses, like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. According to a recent BBC survey, more than a billion people in the world suffer from anxiety and depression. The prevalence of more serious problems, like schizophrenia and bipolar depression are much lower.

The Prevalance Rate for schizophrenia is approximately 1.1% of the population over the age of 18 (source: NIMH) or, in other words, at any one time as many as 51 million people worldwide suffer from schizophrenia, including:

6 to 12 million people in China (a rough estimate based on the population)
4.3 to 8.7 million people in India (a rough estimate based on the population)
2.2 million people in USA
285,000 people in Australia
Over 280,000 people in Canada
Over 250,000 diagnosed cases in Britain

Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of depression and mania, a euphoric, high-energy state that can result in heightened levels of creativity or output as well as erratic or risky behavior. People with bipolar disorder are at high risk of substance abuse and suicide, and treatment includes psychiatric care and medication.

About 2.4% of people around the world have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the first comprehensive international figures on the topic.

The United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder at 4.4%, and India the lowest, with 0.1%.

Ideas about Jinns and demons contribute to these illnesses to a small or a large degree.  In the Christian societies the blame perhaps lies with the Bible, as the New Testament has countless mentions of demons and narrates several events, when Jesus, may peace be on him, took out demons out of others.  For details, please read, Exorcism: Is the Bible to Blame?

In Muslim societies, the blame lies with the “religious scholars,” who in this day and age of information and scientific discovery, have not enlightened themselves with better paradigms and insist on interpreting some of the verses of the Holy Quran, in medieval ways.

For a better understanding of those Quranic verses, please read, Jinns and Demons: A Rational Islamic Perspective.

Now I link some of the videos by the better known Muslim scholars, who have perpetuated this suffering, by demonic possessions, by refusing to understand the Quran in new light and in their insistence of interpreting it in medieval ways and tip toeing with the commentators from centuries ago.

Harun Yahya

Dr. Zakir Naik

Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Dr. Tahir ul Qadri

Additional Reading and viewing

Video: Pat Robertson Blames ‘Witchcraft In The Family’ For Boy’s Stomach Pains

Vatican gives official backing to exorcists

Allopathic Medicine’s long struggle with the Bible

Our Haunted House!

12 replies

  1. Excellent article, exposing true nature of jinns in the form of mullas. In Toronto there are close 10 Urdu newspaper weekly. every week there are big advertisements in these papers mullas and peers sitting in Pakistan to extricate people from their jinns. they charge huge sums. this type of fraud is going on in this day and age. These peers target people with dollars, pounds. Shame on those newspapers who publish these ads to make a quick buck not realizing how they are ruining people lives.

  2. These Mullahs are vultures who feed on people’s psychological conditions.
    Allah will definitely disgrace them for exploiting people’s unfortunate conditions.
    May Allah us from these wicked so called learned religious people. Amin.

  3. KNOWLEDGE!

    It’s incumbent on everyone who considers oneself Muslim to seeking KNOWLEDGE (‘ILM), incessantly. Thus, it’s imperative on every individual to ponder deeply on pronouncing “In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” prior to any action one takes for oneself, and behaviour towards Any Individual, Any Society. THE ALMIGHTY is The One and Only Who knows HIS creatures thoughts. Thus, the pronouncement of IN THE NAME OF THE ALMIGHTY, and the declaration of The Shahadah are the RIGHT PATHS to Goodness, hence GOD’s Consciousness (TAQWA).

    Sadly, The Muslim World seems to be deficient in GOD’s Consciousness, hence The Malaise among those who call themselves Muslims, and the pervasive bliss of blind. AL-ISLAM, per se, is fluid and dynamic, it welcomes Critical Thinking,Freedom of Thought, demands Tolerance, commands that there must be no coercion, towards any individual or any society, in one’s belief, but to seeking Knowledge, continually.

    O THE GREATEST – The Most Wise, The One and Only Giver of Intellect, The Perfect One – increase us in Knowledge, conducive to Harmony in Diversity, Tolerance, Rejection of Racism, Gender Equality, Society’s Welfare

    Umar Solim – England

  4. ERRATUM!

    “pervasive bliss of blind”
    Please read ” pervasive bliss of blind faith”
    My apologies for the faux-pas.

    Umar Solim – England

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