The concept of supernatural forces can be found in every culture whether they are fairies, leprechauns, vampires or demons. Muslims associate paranormal activity with Jinn or Shaytan. There are two types of Shaytan- those who are the progeny of Iblees and those who willingly choose to follow him.
Iblees was from among the Jinn-kind, he was the most pious and righteous of the Jinn and had free will, but became jealous of God’s creation – Adam. He felt that he was superior to Adam as he was made of fire and would not prostrate to Adam as commanded by God.
The Jinn-kind were created long before humans. The purpose of the Shaytan is to take us away from God. The story of Iblees is very significant in the Islamic tradition. He wants us to lose hope and vowed to take as many humans with him to hell as possible.
The Quran teaches that Shaytan can whisper in our hearts and encourage negative thoughts, deceive us and make us despair. Muslims also believe there are angels on every person’s shoulders recording each and every good and bad action.
Whispers are not experienced as an external voice but rather, an internal one. Shaytan uses what is already in our heart, mind and soul. Muslims also believe that Shaytan has no power except that which we give him. Our defence is to know ourselves and know God.
There is a huge debate within Islam regarding if the Jinn can come into humans. Many scholars believe it is possible and many believe it is not possible but all agree that Jinn can have a negative impact of human life.
Islamically speaking, reactions to Jinn possession includes a repulsion to listening to the Quran or the call to prayer, including episodes of losing consciousness or epileptic fits when the Quran is recited. Other symptoms include seeing frequent nightmares and avoiding people. In authentic cases of Jinn possession the Jinn may speak through the possessed person.
Authentic treatment of Jinn possession includes the recitation of the Quran over oil or water, cupping and herbal remedies. Non authentic treatment includes charging large amounts of money to recite parts of the Quran and using amulets and strange rituals. Also using violence against the patient is not allowed.
“The solution of evil eye are reciting the Quran and prayers”
The concept of the evil eye exists in various traditions. In Islam it is believed to happen when a person becomes envious or jealous of someone resulting in a form of a curse due to the negative energy directed towards the person envied.
The effect of evil eye includes bad luck such as lack of success at work or life or exams. It could feel like being blocked from progressing. The focus of jealousy becomes affected like being involved in an accident in a new car or a new dress getting ruined.
The solutions to the evil eye are reciting the Quran and prayers. Black magic is carried out intentionally whereas evil eye can happen unknowingly.
In the Quran, there is the story about the two angels who came to teach people black magic, they warned people that they had been sent as a test. Black magicians invoke the help of evil Jinn/ Shaytan by various methods like incantations, blasphemous acts and writings in order to harm others.
In conclusion, not every thing bad is associated with Jinn, black magic or evil eye but they are a reality for many Muslims.