Channel: Bilal Philips
Series: Bilal Philips - My Writings
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Samadhi rahmatullahi wa barakato
my writings from the 1990s among the writings is a book called the possession of Amazon. While I was doing research on exorcism and possession, etc. As I mentioned before, my PhD thesis, which I completed in 1993, was on the topic of The Exorcist tradition in Islam.
So, I had traveled to different countries among them stir Lanka, to check out information concerning exorcism and possession etc, etc. While in Sri Lanka, I came across a case which had caught the attention of the nation, a little boy, some three years old, from a Muslim family had
begun to speak
in the language of the Hindus offering worship the way that Hindus did, and it became a focal point, people believe that he was a reincarnation and people from all over India, were coming to Sri Lanka to visit this boy bringing gifts etcetera, etcetera. While I was there, you know, people were asking me what to do, do we believe this what to throw I told them you know,
we don't believe in reincarnation. So, definitely it is not reincarnation, but we should try to see the boy and find out more before making judgments or making statements in this regard and Alhamdulillah you know, one amongst the Muslim Brothers there had read my book on the fundamentals of Tawheed in which I talked about cases of people, children, you know, claiming to have had previous lives and people talking to them and them explaining things which only people from that area or that time
would have known.
So, this gave credence to the idea of reincarnation and this is why it became very popular, his case, the case of the boy whose name was Zhan became very popular in Sri Lanka. And even the President himself spoke on it and praised and showed how, you know, this was a good sign for the people he was from Muslim family at his Hindu and this and that, the other anyway, I did research on it, gathered information, interviewed the mother and all this, collected it all up. And, you know, gave advice to brothers there, you know how to handle the situation.
And after gathering up all the information, etc, going back to Riyadh, then on to the UAE.
I put the whole material together with all the newspaper clippings and everything else into a research, which outlined all that had taken place.
And then one of the brothers, his wife, is a writer, she's a creative writer, has written fictional stories and stuff like this. So I spoke to her about collaborating with me on doing the book on this child. So she brought the research to life. And the book we call the possession of Zan, which is really the Djinn possession of exam and it's based on body of facts, but how these facts are interpreted and
how one should look at what was said done, etcetera, requires proper knowledge, Islamic knowledge, etc. And it needs to be
and determined what really took place here. Was this okay?
is a reincarnation which, in fact, it wasn't. Was it a case of possession could have been issues of possession there. And in the end, the child did revert back to his normal Muslim state and lost the ability to speak in the language of the Hindus. So, mashallah the book, the possession of ZAN? It's been republished by Dawa Corner Bookstore in Malaysia, and it's available from them. Mashallah, this is somewhat we could call it historical fiction because
my co author sister Halima Jordan,
filled in the gaps, you know, creatively.
So, there is a network of facts and then the gaps have been filled in to make it you know, I
a lot of people who have gotten the copies and read it said, you know, scared them. So, if you would like a scare, then Insha Allah,
this book would be for you.
Baraka Luffy comm Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh