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News From the Magic Kingdom-true reason the Saudis are so worried about wizards and witches
Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 25, 2016 | Hugh Fitzgerald

Posted on 02/25/2016 5:11:56 AM PST by SJackson

News From the Magic Kingdom

The true reason the Saudis are so worried about wizards and witches.

Originally posted on Jihad Watch.

From Saudi Arabia comes the news that the mutaween, the feared religious police under the control of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, who patrol the streets and regulate the daily life of the populace, are now being given five-day courses in how to recognize, and then how to neutralize, a small army of wizards, witches, ghosts, demons, fortunetellers in the Magic Kingdom. Apparently it's a big problem. Why, there have even been reports of leprechaun-like creatures - possibly they've wandered down from the Old Sod to end up in the Empty Quarter - who find it great fun to persuade innocent Saudis to break the rules of Sharia. All these dealers in the magical and supernatural will be hunted down, and dealt with sternly, by the Saudi religious police -- "sternly" can mean anything from long prison sentences to decapitation. Such worries are not new to the Saudis, however -- the official anti-witchcraft unit within the Ministry of the Interior was first formed in May 2009.

The reason the Saudis are so worried about wizards and witches is that the Saudi people, like other Muslims, are especially vulnerable to the appeal of the occult. Muslims learn from the Qur'an that there exists an intelligent creature (the only other intelligent creature in the universe, according to Islamic doctrine, aside from humans and angels), called the Djinn (or Jinn), whose meddling with humans explains Evil, as well as health and illness, wealth and poverty, that Man as a creature of fate - where everything may be inshallah but is not necessarily hunky-dory -- may enjoy or endure. Evil djinn -- not all djinn in Islam are bad - can take possession of people and cause them to behave in wicked ways.

This is not foreign to, but part of, orthodox Islam. Fortunately, there are those who, after appropriate training, can become qualified exorcisers of the evil djinn, using special Qur'anically-approved healing methods. There are also those who have not undergone training to be exorcists and who use methods which have not been approved, and this gets them into trouble with officials even if their methods prove effective. The Saudi witchcraft-hunt offers us a glimpse of the Bizarro-World that we enter whenever we penetrate the world of Islam. In the West, we hardly bother to denounce those who claim to be witches and wizards, exorcists and fortunetellers, that is, all who lay claim to supernatural powers, because we know, as rational creatures, that they are frauds and fakes, they cannot possibly have these powers. And because we don't believe any of that stuff, we don't worry about them in this, our Western world, the dutiful child of the Enlightenment and rationalism. If we punish any fortunetellers or magicians at all, it's only because they have charged for services we know are worthless and we want them to disgorge their ill-gotten gains. Witchcraft has not been taken seriously, i.e. as effective, since Salem, when outside it was 1692.

But in the Islamic world, magic (bad or black magic and good magic) is everywhere and taken very seriously - i.e., thought to be effective - indeed. In the Islamic world, belief in witchcraft, magic, sorcery of all kinds, is widespread. Fear of black magic is pervasive. Fortunetellers, witches and wizards, exorcists of bad djinn are to be found everywhere. And this is because Magic and the Occult are very much a part of Muslim teachings and Muslim life.

The Occult - the Djinn - transmitted by the Qur'an, helps to explain the widespread belief in other kinds of sorcery and magic in the Muslim world. But it is not the whole explanation for that belief. The heightened vulnerability of Muslims to the promise and threat of assorted wizards, fortunetellers, sorcerers, and exorcists, as compared to the sturdy resistance of rational Western man, is to be explained also by the more general effect of Islam's encouragement of the habit of mental submission, and its punishment of skepticism. A good Muslim never questions any of the teachings of Islam, and the observant Muslim state (as Saudi Arabia certainly is) punishes those Muslims who dare to demonstrate the least display of skepticism (the end-point of that skepticism is apostasy, punishable by death). The result is that Muslims, even without the whole business of the Djinn, inhabit a mental universe of encouraged credulity. And as the latest news with which I began this post reveals, the most comically extreme example of this Bizarro World has a local habitation and is better known, to most of us, by its Rand-McNally Atlas name - Saudi Arabia.



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1 posted on 02/25/2016 5:11:56 AM PST by SJackson
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So, all we have to do to remove all the muslims from a town, is to have a large group of people in wizard hats rush through a whole town waving magic wands chanting unintelligably and throwing a firework or two? Then maybe have a small herd of pigs follow them?


2 posted on 02/25/2016 5:16:47 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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3 posted on 02/25/2016 5:18:07 AM PST by SJackson (What I’m watching in him (O), is uncertainty...a leader doesn’t gMiddive sh*t...he gets it)
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To: SJackson

Also according to mad mo

Jinn live in your nose.


4 posted on 02/25/2016 5:20:09 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SJackson

Remember all the threads on FR about Harry Potter?


5 posted on 02/25/2016 5:22:01 AM PST by babble-on
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Wow, its a good we never gave in to that foolishness.... well except for that little thing back in Massachusetts.


6 posted on 02/25/2016 5:35:23 AM PST by wyowolf
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To: SJackson

“But in the Islamic world, magic (bad or black magic and good magic) is everywhere and taken very seriously - i.e., thought to be effective - indeed. In the Islamic world, belief in witchcraft, magic, sorcery of all kinds, is widespread. Fear of black magic is pervasive. Fortunetellers, witches and wizards, exorcists of bad djinn are to be found everywhere. And this is because Magic and the Occult are very much a part of Muslim teachings and Muslim

This same stuff has pervaded our media for years. The result being that a lot of people believe it too.


7 posted on 02/25/2016 5:46:27 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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8 posted on 02/25/2016 5:52:26 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2banana
"Also according to mad mo -- Jinn live in your nose."

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Hmmm...

(...as I sit here with saline spray bottle in hand...) '-)

9 posted on 02/25/2016 5:57:23 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah: Satan's current alias. "Obama": Allah's current ally...)
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To: SJackson
Amusingly I recall the big fear that shaking hands with certain Westerners could shrink and disappear their penises. Of course we in the west have similar fears.


10 posted on 02/25/2016 5:58:24 AM PST by xp38
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You would think that muslims would realize that
there is a Djinn in every computer...every cell phone.
How do they think television works, anyway?


11 posted on 02/25/2016 6:00:01 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SJackson
Seems there ought to be a way for us to use this against them.

Maybe convince them that the Jinn originate in the earth, and the many oil fields are providing a conduit for the evil Jinn to invade their fair countries...
12 posted on 02/25/2016 6:01:21 AM PST by chrisser (This space for rent.)
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To: xp38

Shrinkage!


13 posted on 02/25/2016 6:09:51 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: SJackson

If the West had the guts to fight a war like it did in WWII, PsyOps would have the muzzies fleeing like scared rats.


14 posted on 02/25/2016 6:19:51 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: SJackson

How many Americans have already checked their daily horoscope today ?


15 posted on 02/25/2016 6:29:28 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: SJackson


16 posted on 02/25/2016 6:50:58 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING ’VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SJackson

I thought this thread was going to be about Disneyland


17 posted on 02/25/2016 6:52:19 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom yes I know)
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To: SJackson

Demonic possession is a real thing.


18 posted on 02/25/2016 6:58:57 AM PST by Romulus
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To: SJackson

Ol’ Scratch, by any other name, is just as blameful for Man’s irrationality.


19 posted on 02/25/2016 7:19:24 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Mister Da

“If the West had the guts to fight a war like it did in WWII, PsyOps would have the muzzies fleeing like scared rats.”


We only need the right POTUS to order the military to do that. Of course, you’d actually need a POTUS who recognized that Islam was at war with the West in general, and the U.S. in particular. Hopefully, by midday on January 20 of next year, we shall have such a person inhabiting the White House.


20 posted on 02/25/2016 7:21:23 AM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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