Did you know that Iblis or Shaitan (Satan) was a jinn and not an angel?
The Quran mentions only jinn, marid, and ifrit, but Islamic literature and folklore differentiates between 10 types of jinn
Who are jinns (jinn saints as many call them or jinn mamu as I was taught to address them) and what is their role in our lives?
How are they different from bhoot-paret?
Why do people, especially women flock to dargahs?
Read about the quest of the women there, in the chapter The Possessed and Dispossessed where I discuss the Jinns in view of Islam and trace how dargahs came to be linked to mental health.
Also, whether Islam itself encourages such practices.
Though, Islam places importance on holistic healing, ‘connecting it [health] to the well-being of the mind (aql), body (jism) and spirit (ruh)’, there is no direct connection between al-Shaitan and mental illness in the Quran, neither is it linked to sin and misguidance.
Yet, one of the major reasons for women flocking to dargahs today are related to mental health.
I found many women on amavas at the popular dargahs of Bijapur, the Jod Gumbaz. It was built in 1687.
I recorded their reasons which i found fascinating.
This lady caught my attention and I framed her in this photograph.
Read more about it in a rather long chapter.
In Search of the Divine: Living Histories of Sufism in India
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