Just what I needed(!)
It has been a couple of weeks (almost 3!) since my last post- the longest I’ve gone without writing since I started this blog. Well, a lot has happened and thanks to a MAS stewardess friend, I’m glad to be reunited with my lappy last night and to be once again tapping away on these little black keypads. To continue with the story (as per the title of this post), in the recent days running up to our departure for London, I began noticing more and more strange occurrences at home- mind you, it’s nothing that I hadn’t felt before; as throughout my life I’ve always been a bit more ‘sensitive’ when it comes to these sort of things. Call me mad but I’ve always had somewhat of a 6th sense, yet I’ve generally often comforted myself that all these strange occurrences (i.e shadows, chills, noises, dreams etc) have perfectly logical and rational explanations. But when you have a baby who also reacts to all these things and more, it becomes something a bit harder to ignore. Eeks.
In addition to this, I started to realise that for someone who has only been with us a few weeks, Celia also seemed to know a lot about us. A bit too much even. At first I put it down to her being ultra-perceptive and observant, but she would often bring up things that there would be no way for her to know about unless she had been there herself, so I was joking with my family on our group whatsapp chat that “I think Celia is psychic”. True enough, one day I felt a strong presence in the room- more so than normal and I asked her, “You don’t think there’s anything strange here, do you?”, expecting her to brush me off and tell me “of course not, don’t be silly”. So when she replied, “Oh you mean the ghost? He is here. You feel it now too?”, I almost peed my pants.
I found out that back home in the Phillipines, Celia was a well-known ‘healer’. She is even known amongst the Pinoy community in KL for this, so every weekend, scores of people would visit her hoping to be healed of their (strange and usually inexplicable) ailments. Wanting to know more about the supernatural side of things, I started grilling her about it. Apparently, one night years ago she dreamt of Jesus (Isa Alaihissalam) and Mary (Maryam Alaihissalam) and after that she was able to not only “see things” but to also help people. So thanks to her ‘gift’, she was able to confirm that seemingly we have a ghost that just loves to be in my room and it freaks Aidan out. Fantastic.
We’ve actually all seen Aidan’s reaction when he sees it and it’s pretty hard to deny. In Islam, we do believe that infants and young children are pure and they are able to see other beings aka angels and Jinns that we can’t. While the angels are thought to be the reason behind those cute smiles that babies do in their sleep, the jinns and syaitan do their best to harass the little ones. The jinn are mentioned frequently in the Qurʾan, and the 72nd surah is titled Surah al-Jinn. The family ustaz has been to our condo few times since to cleanse it in an Islamic way but Celia says that every time the ustaz comes, these wretched beings leave. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. So they are smart too! :p For now we have sprinkled holy water whilst reciting the Ayatul Qursy (Al Baqarah 255) around the house, we try to pray and read the Yassin as much as we can and we also let Celia do her thing with some rice, salt and also incense. (I have no idea what these are supposed to do but there’s no harm in covering all the bases!)
Today I whatsapped my hubby and realised how normal the presence of our unwanted guest had become.
I hope and pray that by the time we come home from London, the ghost (and any friends he may have) will be gone so we can live our lives in peace! In the meantime, the Verse of the Throne will be our new BFF!
“ALLAHU LAA ILAAHA ILLA HUWAL HAYYUL QAYYUMU. LAA TA’KHUDZUHUU SINATUW WA LAA NAUUM. LAHUU MAA FISSAMAAWAATI WA MAA FIL ARDHI. MAN DZAL LADZII YASFA’U ‘INDAHUU ILLAA BI IDZNIHI. YA’LAMU MAA BAINA AIDIIHIM WA MAA KHALFAHUM. WA LAA YUHITHUUNA BI SYAI-IN MIN ‘ILMIHII ILLAA BI MAASYAA-A. WASI’A KURSIYYUHUSSAMAAWAATI WAL ARDHA. WA LAA YA-UDHUU HIFZHUHUMAA WAHUWAL ‘ALIYYUL AZHIIM.”
“Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence.
Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the
heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by
His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after
them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His
Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not.
And He is the Most High, the Most Great.”