Before I discuss about hallucinations from the Islamic perspective let us first see what the western psychologists have to say about it.
According to them, hallucinations refer to seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or feeling things which do not actually exist. They occur commonly in schizophrenia. Hearing voices is considered to be a common type of hallucination. The people who experience such voices have a feeling that someone is talking to them when there is no one around them. Hearing voices is considered to be a common symptom of a severe mental disorder. However, not everyone who experiences such voices may be mentally ill.
By not accepting the truth that intrusive thoughts are supernatural in nature and Satan induced, we find that the western psychology has coined another term, ‘hallucination’ so that they can further impress people with their mental health jargon and lead to even more confusion.
Intrusive thoughts have been described as unwelcome thoughts, unpleasant images or ideas that may become obsessions. They can be difficult to eliminate and are annoying and distressing. What is basically happening here is that the Satanic whispers or the whispering of the black magic jinnat, which is obviously distressing and annoying, is being camouflaged by various fancy names such as intrusive thoughts, hallucinations, delusions etc. As I have discussed in my previous post, the cunning Satanic whispers are heard by us as our own thoughts, and they are obviously intrusive by nature, because no one wishes to entertain such obscene thoughts.
At this point I would like to mention a hadith which is related to Satanic whispers. Narrated Abu Hurairah, ‘Some of the Prophet’s (pbuh) Companions came to him and said, ‘We find in ourselves thoughts that are too terrible to speak of’. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) asked, ‘Are you really suffering from that’? They replied, ‘Yes’. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said,
That is a clear sign of faith’. (Muslim)
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) later also advised the people suffering from Satanic whispers or the intrusive thoughts, as the western psychology prefers to call it, that they are not meant to be repeated as this can lead to their reinforcement and neither are they meant to be acted upon. By handling these uninvited thoughts in this way a Muslim can be rest assured that they will not be counted as a sin. To further elaborate this point I am mentioning another pertinent hadith.
It was narrated by Abu Hurairah (ra) that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Allah Ta’ala has forgiven my Ummah regarding those waswasas (whispering of Shaitan) that creep into their hearts so long they do not act upon them or bring them onto their tongues’.
So we find that the Satanic whispers have been conveniently named as intrusive thoughts, whereas all the black magic jinnat activity has been termed as hallucinations. The jinnat can make the victim see or feel things which do not actually exist. This happens because the jinnat are armed only with this tool of treachery. So they try to scare the victim through intrusive thoughts or depress him to the point that they can begin to control him.
A lot of hullabaloo is made over the concept of hearing voices too in psychology although it is a purely paranormal phenomenon. It occurs when the black magic jinnat try to captivate the victim’s mind. So the victim may feel as if someone has called out his name whereas no one has done it in reality.
So though the victim is suffering from black magic, western psychology labels the victim as being mentally ill. Being considered as mentally ill is a kind of a stigma in the society. The victim, without any fault of his loses self-esteem and starts withdrawing from the society. He or she may get stuck in a vicious circle of stigma-discrimination-withdrawal and hiding-avoiding treatment. Psychological disorder is one the major reason why many people commit suicide every year. Unfortunately, the victim suffers so much at the hands of the society which does not identify his actual problem and instead labels him as insane.
Coming back to the main topic of this post, I can elucidate with the help of a few examples how the paranormal phenomenon of black magic has been typecast as hallucination by the western psychiatry.
· One of the symptoms of black magic is a sensation of insects crawling beneath one’s skin. This happens due to the jinnat who enter the victim’s body in order to harm him. This phenomenon has been highlighted as a sub-type of tactile hallucination, known as formication and it has been associated with hordes of problems such as cocaine use, menopause lyme, skins cancer etc. Now to prove this wrong I can give the example of many victims who have been experiencing such crawling sensations but they were absolutely healthy, in the physical sense. So where were the weird sensations coming from if not from the jinnaat assaults??
· If the jinnat, at the behest of the black magician, want the victim to commit an offense or a sin so they simply plant thoughts in the victim’s mind. Consequently, the victim may experience thoughts which command him to do certain negative things. Again this supernatural phenomenon of commanding thoughts has been presented before the world as a type of hallucination known as Commanding hallucination.
There are any more examples wherein clear cut cases of black magic have been camouflaged as mental illness thereby leading to utter confusion, complications and irreversible loss to the victim due to lack of timely spiritual treatment. Therefore, instead of considering whatever the western psychiatrists have to say as Gospel truth it is better to believe in Islamic psychology and consider a spiritual treatment. In cases where a person suffers from a physical problem rather than a spiritual one, the genuine spiritual healers themselves advise the patient to seek medical help. However, it would be quite tragic if the problem of black magic jinnat is given a cure of anti-psychotic medication and talk therapies.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,