Monday, September 26, 2016

Black Magic: Healing from the Malevolent Powers.

Everything has a remedy, magic to repel magic. Do you not know how Moses defeat Magician Janni and Jambri? From the ancient, people uses Black magic and they finds a way to resists them according to their belief. Ancient Sumerians believed that Lilith is the cause of  curses, Evil Eye, poseses Jinns, black magic etc. In Sumerian language Lil means both Air and Breath. On the other-hand, as the elements of the Air and the sole are synonymous, in Hebrew, Lilith [Lamed (L), Yod (I), Lamed (L), Vav (O), Tau (Th)] pronunciation Liloth, which means spirited beings.

The Jews also believe that Lilith is the night Demon Jinns preyed on women especial those who were pregnant or had just given birth and also to infants. So they write incantation bowl and put them in the four corners of the maternity room to keep Lilith away. - One of the bowls accuses “Hablas the Lilith, “striking boys and girls”-(ibid, 168). Or, it may says, “(Lilith) destroys and kills and tears and strangles and eats boys and girls” -(ibid, 193). The bowls’ purpose was usually to exorcise demon Jinns from the house or from the body of the clients named on the bowls, or to turn back malevolent magic that others had practiced against the clients. The drawing of the bound Lilith appears in the center of the bowl.

The bowl-texts accuse the Lilith of haunting people in dreams at night or visions of the day. One text describes the Lilith “(Lilith) who appear to human beings, to men in the likeness of women and to women in the likeness of men, and they lie with all human beings at and during the day”-(Montgomery 117). Thus one prominent characteristic of the Lilith is that they attack people in the sexual and reproductive realm of life. It is no wonder, therefore, that some of the bowl-incantations employed the language of divorce to rid people of the Lilith.

An Amulet for Protection against Lilith written for the safety of Bahram-Gushnasp, the son of Ishtar-Nahid family as-

"You are bound and sealed,
An Amulet for  Protection
     all you demons and devils and liliths,
by that hard and strong, mighty and powerful bond
     with which are tied Sison and Sisin....

The evil Lilith, who causes
     the hearts of men to go astray and appears
     in the dream of the night and in the vision of the day,
Who burns and casts down with nightmare,
     attacks and kills children, boys an girls.

She is conquered and sealed away
     from the house and from the threshold of
     [Bahram-Gushnasp, the son of Ishtar-Nahid]
by the talisman of Metatron, the great prince
     who is called the Great Healer of Mercy....

Who vanquishes demons and devils,
     black arts and mighty spells and keeps them away
     from the house and threshold of
     [Bahram-Gushnasp, the son of Ishtar-Nahid].
Amen, Amen, Selah.

Vanquished are the black arts and mighty spells.
     Vanquished the bewitching women,
     they, their witchery and their spells,
     their curses and their invocations,
     and kept away from the four walls of the house of
     [Bahram-Gushnasp, the son of Ishtar-Nahid].

Vanquished and trampled down are the bewitching women --
     vanquished on earth and vanquished in heaven.
Vanquished are their constellations and stars.
     Bound are the works of their hands.
Amen, Amen, Selah." - [Persian Incantation Bowl tr. by R. Patai]

Rabbi Óanina (b. Shab. 151b) refers to the sexual danger that the Lilith constitutes for men: Thus the injunction that a man be forbidden to sleep alone in a house, “It is forbidden to sleep in a house alone, and whoever sleeps in a house alone, a Lilith seizes him.”

Lilith attempted intercourse with Adam before the creation of Eve, and after the creation of Eve she fled and ever after has plotted to kill newborn children. She dwells in the “cities of the sea” and at the end of days God will make her dwell in the ruins of Rome (Tishby).

The traditional depiction of Lilith from ancient Mesopotamia through medieval Kabbalah presents an antitype of desired human sexuality and family life. Lilith not only embodies people’s fears of how attraction to others can ruin their marriages, or of how risky childbearing and raising children are, but also represents a woman whom society cannot control—a woman who determines her own sexual partners, who is wild and unkempt, and who does not have the natural consequences of sexual activity, children.

Accordingly, we find widespread observance of a rite recommended by the Zohar, the purpose of which was to keep Lilith away from the marriage bed: “In the hour when the husband enters into union with his wife, he should turn his mind to the holiness of his Lord and say: ‘

In the Zohar Lilith’s demonic sexuality comes especially to the fore. She attempts to seduce men and use their seed to create bodies for her demonic children. The Zohar recommends the performance of a special ritual before sexual intercourse between husband and wife, in which the husband should turn his mind to God and say,--

“Veiled in velvet, are you here?
Loosened, loosened (be your spell)!
Go not in and go not out!
Let there be none of you and
nothing of your part!” -(Scholem 1965:157)

Similarly, in Islam, it is advice to recite this before intercourse with his wife " بِسْمِ اللَّهِ ، اللَّهُمَّ جَنِّبْنَا الشَّيْطَانَ ، وَجَنِّبْ الشَّيْطَانَ مَا رَزَقْتَنَا" -Bukhari, 6388; Muslim, 1434. Again, with ref to the prophet a hadith says- “If one of you says this before intercourse with his wife -" بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ اللَّهُمَّ جَنِّبْنَا الشَّيْطَانَ وَجَنِّبْ الشَّيْطَانَ مَا رَزَقْتَنَا " and if children are fixed in their fate, they will never be harmed by the Satan ie. Satan never captured them fully in his grip. Some interpret this لَمْ يَضُرَّهُ شَيْطَانٌ أَبَدًا  as Satan never defeat them, never able to turn them out of faith.

Now, what happened to them, those forget to recite before the intercourse due to excitement? or, What shall be the fate of those children, those are going to illuminate their houses? Don't worry, there are solutions for their loving child. According to the Alphabet of Ben Sira, Lilith empowered on babies for sons- eight days after the birth, (Why do the Torah dictated that the babies shall be circumcised on the eighth day?) and for the daughter twenty days. So, to protect child from the evil after their birth, people write on papers or potteries the name of Gabriel, Michael and Azrael or draw any of their identification mark on them for the safeties of the child from the hands of Lilith.

There are many ways to keep your child safe, remember Hanna, the Grand mother of Jesus,what she said after the born of Mary, the mother of Jesus? She said, "And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah ]." -[3:36]

Lilith accept him as her worshiper who lit two candles in the evening on both sides of her statue. The Jewish and Christian religious preceptors put all her idol under destruction for decades after decades considering her as extreme evi. As far as is known, Lilith let not live for very long of her worshiper. According to David Barnet, to protect oneself from her evil, a devotee practice prayed to her as-

Great is the daughter of Heaven who tortures babies
Her hand is a net, her embrace is death
She is cruel, raging, angry, predatory
A runner, a thief is the daughter of Heaven

She touches the bellies of women in labor
She pulls out the pregnant women's baby
The daughter of Heaven is one of the Gods, her brothers
With no child of her own.

Her head is a lion's head
Her body is a donkey's body
She roars like a lion
She constantly howls like a demon-dog.

It is considered that the dog is associated with the devils. The Prophet Moḥammad (and later Yusof bin Ḥajjaj) was said to have ordered to be put to death of black dogs, especially those with two spots (Noqtatayn) over their eyes (Meybodi, III, p. 31; Jahez, I, pp. 262, 291-93, II, pp. 153, 293, IV, p. 295; Ebn Qotayba, II, p. 81; Hosri, p. 184; Zamaksari, III, p. 451; Balʿami, ed. Bahar, pp. 987-88; Damiri, II, pp. 288-89; cf. Rageb, II, p. 665; Donaldson, p. 159; Rudkin).

The black dog figures prominently in magic. Its satanic connections mean that harming it may bring injury or misfortune to the perpetrator (Hedayat, p. 138; Massé, Croyances, p. 197). In Khorasan it is believed that he who kills a dog will lose a child or experience seven years of bad luck (Sakurzada, p. 321). Such beliefs may at least partly reflect pre-Islamic taboos against harming dogs, reinterpreted to conform to the Islamic association of the animal with evil. For example, by the 9th century Zoroastrian concern for the welfare of dogs had already come to be viewed as an attempt to avert the Evil Eye. Amr b. Baḥr Jahez (II, p. 131; cf. Zamaksari, III, p. 452) reported that the Persians, fearing the evil eye, did not eat in front of animals, especially dogs. In at least one Shi'ite source this prohibition was attributed to Ali ibn Abi Ṭalib (Ḥa'eri, XXV, p. 100); nevertheless, according to one tradition, Imam Ḥasan was seen eating in front of a dog, to which he gave a piece of bread for each piece that he ate himself (Abbas Qomi, II, p. 488; cf. Bayhaqi, V, p. 189). According to folk belief, withholding food from a Watching Dog causes bulimia (maraz-e ju; Hedayat, pp. 138-39, cf. Masse, Croyances, p. 205). Bess Allan Donaldson (p. 159) reported that Persians do not allow dogs near them at mealtime for fear of their evil breath.

The pre-Islamic ritual of Sagdid was also reinterpreted and rationalized by some Muslim authors. Jahez (I, p. 375, II, p. 289; cf. Mohammad b. Mahmud Tusi, p. 583), for instance, explained that the reason Zoroastrians exposed their dead to dogs was that the animals’ sharp sense of smell would permit them to ascertain whether indeed the persons had died or were merely unconscious (for mistaken attribution of sagdid to the Romans, rather than the Zoroastrians, see Abbas Qomi, II, p. 487; Damiri, II, p. 252).

Dogs are believed able to see Jinns and Fairies (Thompson, motif E421.1.3), and this belief figures in some prophetic traditions (Damiri, II, pp. 257, 288-90; Zamaksari, II, p. 579, III, p. 451; cf. Donaldson, pp. 36, 45, 159; Penzer, II, p. 117). It may have given rise to stories of the animals’ forecasting the rise and fall of great men (see, e.g., Mohammad b. Mahmud Tusi, p. 497, on the demise of Nezam-al-Mulk). They were also believed to served as mounts for witches (Damiri, II, p. 259).

A number of practices connected with Sympathetic Magic involved dogs or things associated with dogs in efforts to cause conflict in or ruin a household (ibn Boktisuʿ, fol. 94a; Tonokaboni, p. 222; for a story connecting dogs with drunkenness, see Moḥammad b. Mahmud Tusi, pp. 323-24; Fozuni, p. 476; cf. Ḥaseb Ṭabari, pp. 39, 207).

Belief in the evil nature of the dog is expressed in such superstitions as that seeing a dog first thing in the morning is a bad omen and that passing between two dogs brings bad luck (Sakurzada, p. 321; Masse, Croyances, p. 289). Dogs were also to be avoided if one were wearing certain charms, for their gaze or proximity would nullify the effects (Moḥammad b. Maḥmūd Tusi, p. 148). In the village of Kohnak in Kuzestan a more widespread belief that throwing water on a cat will cause warts on the hands has been extended to the dog (Karimi, p. 44).

It is also belief that the dog can cast out danger and evil. According to a tradition related on the authority of Ali ibn. Abi Talib, when Adam and Eve were cast out of paradise Satan came to the beasts of the earth and encouraged them with violent cries to attack and devour the couple; his spittle flew out of his mouth, and God fashioned a male and a female dog from it. The male was sent to guard Adam and the female to protect Eve. The enmity between the dog and wild animals was thus initiated (Damiri, II, p. 298; Jazaʾeri, pp. 57-58; Abbas Qomi, II, P488; Haʾeri, XXV, p. 99; cf. Persian Rivayats, ed. Unvala, I, p. 256). Wearing the canine teeth of a rabid dog on the forearm or carrying the tongue of a black dog would ward off attacks by rabid animals; hanging the teeth of a dog around the neck of a teething child would facilitate the process. 

The brain of a whelp might be used in Magic Rituals (Hedayat, p. 116; Masse, Croyances, p. 314). Pouring diluted dog’s milk on the head of the bewitched and fumigating a house suspected of bewitchment with smoke from the dung of a white dog have been considered strong apotropaics in this century (Donaldson, pp. 160-61). Dogs were also believed able to procure the potent mandrake (mehr-giah) root (cf. sagkan “uprooted by dogs,” one of the Persian names for the mandrake; Hedayat, p. 122; Katiraʾi, p. 354; cf. Penzer, III, pp. 153, 158; Frazer, II, p. 381; Mohammad bin Mahmud Tusi, p. 326; Ginzberg, V, p. 298; Balazi, p. 217).

It is related that the Prophet dreamed that a spotted dog was lapping his blood; upon awakening he interpreted the dream as a harbinger of the martyrdom of his grandson Ḥosayn at the hands of a man suffering from vitiligo (Damiri, II, p. 255). In Persian folklore howling dog (Sakurzada, p. 321; Hedayat, p. 138; Masse, Croyances, p. 191; Tahbaz, p. 71; Karimi, p. 44; Azami Sangesari, 1349 S/1970b, p. 53; Danesvar, II, p. 230; Enjavi, 1352-54 S/1973-75, I, p. 10; Tawakkoli, p. 71), represents not only death but also earthquakes and pestilence (Donaldson, p. 159).

Some belief that dog is associated with weather conditions and that led to a number of magical practices aimed at improving the latter. In Shiraz the first snowfall is called “Dog Snow” (Barf-e Sag), and it is believed that no one should eat it (Faqiri, p. 71). In Korram Darra in Azerbaijan, for instance, a ritual called Sag-Davani (running the dog) is aimed at halting cold weather and blizzards. The inhabitants find and surround a dog, chasing and beating it until it is completely exhausted; having driven it away, they believe they have also cast out cold weather (Enjavi, 1352-54 S/1973-75, II, p. 9).

In the book of Tobit,  we find  a righteous man Tobit, who became blinded by the birds dropping which fall into his eyes when he was asleep in the open at night. And the mans brothers daughter Sara, who was praying for her death in despair, because the demon Jinn of lust, Asmodeus, abducts and kills his Husband every time on her wedding night before the marriage consummate and she married seven times.  God sends an Angel, who appeared as a human, to heal Tobit and to free Sara from the demon Jinn. 

The Angel told Tobias, the son of Tobit to catch a big fish and to collect its heart, liver and gall bladder.  Then when Tobias asked him to what use is the heart and the liver and the gal of the fish, the angel answered, ” the heart and the liver, if a devil or an evil spirit trouble any, you will make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the party shall be no more vexed.  And as for the gall, it is good to anoint a man that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall be healed.”
 

As far as we  know, Prophet Muhammad was bewitched. Narrated Hisham's father: Ayesha said, "Rasulullah was bewitched, so he invoked Allah repeatedly requesting Him to cure him from that magic spell." Hisham then narrated - "Allah's Messenger was affected by magic [A spell was put on], so much that he used to think that he had done something which in fact, he did not do, and he invoked his Lord (for a remedy). Then (one day) he said,  “Do you know that Allah has shown me in what lies my cure?"

Ayesha said, "O Rasulullah! What's that?"
He said, "Two men came to me and one of them sat at my head and the other at my feet. One of them said to the other, ‘What is ailing the man?’
He said: ‘He has been bewitched.’
He said: “Who has bewitched him?’
He said: ‘Labid ibn al-A’sam.’
He said, ‘With what?’
He said: ‘With a comb, the hair that is stuck to it, and the skin of pollen of a male date palm'.
He said: ‘Where is it?’
He said, ‘In the well of Dharwan.’”

"So the Prophet along with some of his companions went there and came back saying, "O 'Ayesha, the color of its water is like the infusion of Henna leaves. The tops of the date-palm trees near it are like the heads of the devils."

I said: “Did you take it out?”
He said: “No. Allah has healed me."
I asked. "O Rasulullah, why did you not show it (to the people)?"
He said, "Since Allah cured me, I disliked to let evil spread among the people." 
Then he ordered that the well be filled up with earth -[see al-Bukhari, 3268; Muslim, 2189].

And according to some- the Prophet went to the well and collect that from it and when unknotted the hair, he cured.  Then Gabriel came after a long time [nearly 6 months] with two suras namely Sura al-Falaq and Sura an-Nas and informed the Prophet what had happened.

The story was as follows- A Jewish boy Labid ibn al-A’sam used to work of the Prophet. And he was able to collect one of his comb. He brought the comb to his home. Then the daughters of the A'sam family collect a hair from it and knotted with eleven knots. Each knott blown up with the mantra after needle attached to it. Labid then affixed the whole with membrane of a date fruit and left it abandoned in the Well of Dharwan.

The Reveled Suras are-
al-Falaq (The Daybreak):

"I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak,
From the evil of that which He created
And from the evil of darkness when it settles
And from the evil of the blowers in knots
And from the evil of an envier when he envies."-[113:1-5]

an-Nas (The Mankind):
"I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind,
The Sovereign of mankind.
The God of mankind,
From the evil of the retreating whisperer -
Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind -.
From among the jinn and mankind."- [114:1-6]

According to some- Angel Jibra’il informed the Prophet as to what had occurred and came down with the two Sura's, namely Sura al-Falaq and Sura an-Nas. Then the Prophet together with the Companions went to the well and removed the knotted hair. As each verse was recited, the knots untied miraculously. At the eleventh knot, he was relieved from the effects of this black magic. -[Ibn Kathir. for more details of this event see hadiths al-Bukhari, Vol-7, Book 71, No. 660, 61].

Again, it can be said about the sura al-Falaq and al-Nas that the importance of these two reveled suras are doubtlessly many. Surah Al-Falaq directs how to seek Divine protection against worldly calamities, and Surah An-Nas tells the way to seek Divine protection against the calamities of the Hereafter. Hafez ibn Kayum said- "The benefits and blessings of these two chapters and the people's need towards them is such that no human can become independent of them. These chapters have great effect in removing (the effects of) magic, witchcraft, evil eye and all spiritual and physical calamities."

Further more, Imam Jafar Sadiq has given his opinion that another sura [a chapter] of the Qur'an works against evil Spirit. He says, "One who recites Surah al-Jinn many a time will never suffer from the evil eye, magic, and ploys of the Jinn and magicians but will accompany Muhammad. O Lord! I believe in none besides him and I will never turn toward anyone but him.”

The End.
 

Not Yet Verified.

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