Verses that heal

Darfur is located in the west of Sudan in Africa, a region that has been witness to severe violence and unrest from the devastating famine in 1987 to the conflict between the government and the militia including the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice for equality movement.

Several aid agencies including the United Nations and Medecins Sans Frontiers have been active in providing relief and medical care for the inhabitants against insurmountable odds. In a land where basic necessities remain scarce the inhabitants turn to alternative ways of seeking protection and health.

Darfur is home to many traditional healers or “Fakis” whose methods are inspired by the verses from the Quran and are highly respected in their communities. Many Fakhis have extensive knowledge of local herbs and plants while others claim to channel spirits within their bodies which possess healing powers.

Sidig Ahmad Mohamed, a "Faki" (religious healer) from Abu Shouk (North Darfur), reading the Holy Quran before preparing the "Bakhra", a traditional treatment against mental illnesses. The patient has to inhale the smoke that comes up from a piece of paper (with Quran sentences written on it) fired with charcoal, roots and species. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed, a "Faki" (religious healer) from Abu Shouk (North Darfur), reading the Holy Quran before preparing the "Bakhra", a traditional treatment against mental illnesses. The patient has to inhale the smoke that comes up from a piece of paper (with Quran sentences written on it) fired with charcoal, roots and species. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed selects a root during the preparation of the "Bakhra.? The patient has to inhale the smoke that comes up from a piece of paper (with Koran sentences written on it) fired with charcoal, roots and species. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed selects a root during the preparation of the "Bakhra.? The patient has to inhale the smoke that comes up from a piece of paper (with Koran sentences written on it) fired with charcoal, roots and species. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed draws some religious symbols during the preparation of the treatment. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed draws some religious symbols during the preparation of the treatment. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed holds a blanket to cover his client for the Bakhra. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed holds a blanket to cover his client for the Bakhra. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed holds a smoking pot during the preparation of the "Bakhra.? ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed holds a smoking pot during the preparation of the "Bakhra.? ? Photo by AFP
A "Faki" (religious healer) makes "hijabs" (leather amulets) in his small stand in Kassab market, North Darfur. ? Photo by AFP
A "Faki" (religious healer) makes "hijabs" (leather amulets) in his small stand in Kassab market, North Darfur. ? Photo by AFP
Musa Mohammed, a "Faki" writes a sentence from the Koran on a piece of paper that will be embedded into an amulet. ? Photo by AFP
Musa Mohammed, a "Faki" writes a sentence from the Koran on a piece of paper that will be embedded into an amulet. ? Photo by AFP
Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed, a ?Faki? cleans a wooden board after writing sentences of the Koran. His specialty is the "Mahia", a popular potion made with water and the ink that he uses to write sentences from the Koran. This beverage gives special protection to the people against arms, dangers, diseases and even a broken heart. - Photo by AFP
Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed, a ?Faki? cleans a wooden board after writing sentences of the Koran. His specialty is the "Mahia", a popular potion made with water and the ink that he uses to write sentences from the Koran. This beverage gives special protection to the people against arms, dangers, diseases and even a broken heart. - Photo by AFP
Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed teaches his son Adam how to write on the wooden boards. ? Photo by AFP
Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed teaches his son Adam how to write on the wooden boards. ? Photo by AFP
A member of the rebel movement Sudan Liberation Army wears several "hijabs" attached to his gun machine for protection against the enemy. ? Photo by AFP
A member of the rebel movement Sudan Liberation Army wears several "hijabs" attached to his gun machine for protection against the enemy. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed, a "Faki" recites the Quran. ? Photo by AFP
Sidig Ahmad Mohamed, a "Faki" recites the Quran. ? Photo by AFP

Comments (14) (Closed)


Abdullah
Aug 24, 2012 06:56pm
You're obviously lying.
re
Aug 24, 2012 06:49pm
its actually 21st century.......
Ali
Aug 24, 2012 11:45am
One another way of healing is to ask for some Haq Mehr of your wife and eat from it positively thinking it shall heal. And indeed Allah sens the cure. The Haq Mehr healing is also a verse from Quran.
jaja
Aug 25, 2012 10:52pm
Excellent comment by brother Sajid (below). Sound waves of Quranic words can viberate human body cells that can cure the cancer. but what is this burning of Quran? there are lots of illeterate so called Mullahs and they are spreading very wrong propegenda about Islam and which is not Islam. so dont be misguided by their attire and dressup. They are the worshippers of Saitan but says they are muslims. May Allah save us all from hippocrates evils.
amarpita
Aug 25, 2012 07:33am
I don't know, what has gone wrong with all Musalmeens. Here one guy is burning Quran and we are sitting quiet. May I request all to take necessary action as we are doing all over the world on this type of issues.
Noorani
Aug 25, 2012 06:39am
They are burning the paper with Quranic Inscription, behead them, hang them, kill them --- apply your blood thirsty blasphemy laws. Show them the Pakistani way of understanding Quran.
Sajid
Aug 25, 2012 06:31am
Allah created the earth and the heavens and every thing in between. When an architect says, he made a building. Does that mean that he construct the building by himself or he is the master mind of the plot, design and architecture? Why we never find any labour name as the buider of that building? Same Allah created all the building blocks that today we say Science and that Physics, Chemistry, Biology is the process by which we see everything around us. We use this science to build things but actually we are just the labours like the building example, the credit goes to Allah as he is the master mind. Allah created sound. There is a science of sound waves. Human sound waves frequency affects body cell vibrations and these quranic verses when read, effect on human cells and can heal the imbalance in cells that causes desease. There are evidences that cancer patients were healed by the chantings. Quran words are powerfull sounds but unfortunately not everyone has the wisdom or knowledge to understand it fully. May Allah give us all the knowledge and wisdom to understand Quran...
Lodhi
Aug 25, 2012 04:11am
Let us close down all hospitals.
Mahmud
Aug 25, 2012 01:42am
Wow logic, do you have a logic of your existence? Please tell me logic of death
ppppp
Aug 24, 2012 08:14pm
Above all he is burning Quran verses, luckily he is not in Pakistan.
ignorance bites
Aug 24, 2012 12:03pm
oh...It's 20th century...Be logical and come out of this ignorance.
IRSHAD
Aug 24, 2012 04:07pm
Holy Book "Quran", is a source for guidence, how it guide depends the peoples perception. Beleife (faith) plays vital role in overcoming any health challenges, and Quran works as a booster for belief, sure by reading, understanding & implementing not by eating its papers, chewing its verses, smoking its burned leaves.
Ali
Aug 24, 2012 11:43am
Indeed Quran heals there is no doubt and it is not a wrong belief to take help from Quran for the purpose of healing. There are verses that encourage people for such healing.
saythetruth10
Aug 24, 2012 11:27am
It is Allah not the verses that heal a person. Quran should be read for guidance, cure comes from Allah alone. Many Muslim are lost due to wrong Aqueed and this is a good example of it. Never go to these Fakirs totally against Islam. You can read Quran and ask Allah for good health but running smoke though it will do you do good.