We tend to think of exorcism as a strictly Christian practice. But that is not the case. Other religions around the world also have their rites for battling the demons they believe can possess human beings. Our contact in the Islamic world, whom we will identify only as M.M., has provided us with this exclusive video of an Islamic exorcism, which took place in 2005.M.M. gives us this information (translated from French): "Exorcism in Islam consists of readings of the holy Koran and invocations accompanied by holy water (water over which the holy Koran has been read)."The exorcist voices his readings while the patient in front of himremains unrestrained.
The patient is a completely normal person, except he has been exposed to aspects of possession, which can often manifest physically or psychically.
Signs of possession
"He can live normally, go
to work and study, but occasionally he falls into a kind of hysteria
where paranormal phenomena manifest, including: speaking in a voice
other than his; episodes of contractions and seizures; demonstrations
of abnormal strength; telekinetic effects on near and distant objects.
"Having recognized these
signs, which reveal a case of possession, the person or his family
introduces the patient to an exorcist who can attempt to help the
"There are the other signs
in the patient that the exorcist recognizes as those ofpossible
possession: migraines; insomnia; depression; dreams of wolves, dogs,
blood, massacre or falling endlessly into a vacuum; physical reports of
awakening the night with visions; feelings of a presence in the room or
the bed; skin lesions; failure in work, studies or marriage, etc.
Power of the Djinn
"These people can suffer
from harassment by these Djinns [Islamic demons], who attack them with
a specific goal and for a specific cause. The Djinn's goal is to
destroy the person's life and all that is good about it. One can say
that the Djinn acts like a 'parasite' in order to destabilize his
victim. Satan (Ibliss) is the master of demons, of the Djinns and of
men who are devoted to him (even without them knowing it). They act for
him. They mislead men in order to drive them to misfortune andeven
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