….As ADM Engages Tunisian Cleric in Accra
Story: Mohammed Abu-ADM,Accra..
Aside the popularly known external factors militating against Africa’s progress and development notably among which is, the long protracted balance of payment deficit, fiscal deficit , debt over hung,a number of factors which are said to be internal shortcomings of Africans themselves,are also said to be blamable.
The effect of Black magic and Sorcery also popularly referred to as”African electronics” is also said to constitute one of the internal factors badly affecting Africa’s progress and development.
To find out more, ADM,Ghana caught up with with Tunisian cleric/mystic,Shiekh Ben Halima Abderraouf currently on a two-month Ruqya or psychic healing mission to Ghana.
Shiekh ben Halima is known in a number of African countries where he has established psychic healing and exorcism centers run and manned by his local trainees with his mandate to do healing on his behalf.
The cleric believes among the local factors, the slave and past colonial domination mentality,sorcery and corruption are the worse offenders.
Even though slavery and colonial domination has long since ended in Africa,some Africans as of today,he sadly notes,also still exhibit past colonial domination mentality in their relations and dealing with fellow Africans.
Such people he lamented, don’t even show any sense of guilt when they should get the chance to take undue advantage of their less unfortunate African fellows.
Such negative behaviour ,Shiekh says,creates bad blood,erodes trust and goodwill among people of same identity.
’This is a big affront to the cultivation of a common sense of belonging and fostering of unity for a common purpose to ensure even development and shared prosperity for the good people of Africa with so much natural resources endowment.
To address this undesirable situation,the current generation of Africans,he suggests, must endeavour to catch the up and coming generations young.
He was of the view that, inculcating in growing up African children good moral and ethical values with positive mindsets that shuns slave and past colonial domination mentality in their relations and dealings with their fellow Africans would be very good for Africa’s progress and development.
On a more serious note,he is of the view that,,factoring of a new paradigm of mental renaissance premised on sense of togetherness for a common purpose as part of the upbringing of the African young ones,would be very important and could even be incorporated into the educational curricula of African countries.
That at best could even be incorporated into the national development agendas of the various African countries since it would be prudent for achieving the much cherished continental economic integration moving on..
On whether sorcery is really an affront to progress and development in Africa,he said it is indeed one of the major internal factors.
Even though its cost he sadly notes,cannot be easily and really quantified,as a practitioner in psychic healing in Africa for some decades today,he is aware of the use of sorcery and black magic by some Africans to fight their fellow Africans out of envy and sheer jealousy.
Many a born African genius,potential leaders,enterprising people with bright futures whose success in life could have afforded them the opportunity to impact their societies and nations most positively, often become victims of sorcery and black magic resulting in long protracted blockages in their lives.
Shiekh also bemoans the use of black magic by some Africans to fight fellow Africans at work places simply because such innocent people want to see the ideal work ethics upheld and the right thing done in the interest of the corporate entity they are entrusted with some management responsibility. This often lead to compromising of standard work ethics and eventual collapse collapse of such entities.
On the issue of corruption,Shiekh says he couldn’t easily think of any effective remedial action towards it,but it no doubt constitutes one of the big hurdles to Africa’s progress and development. Thus,some how Africans must come out with an effective means of scaling it down even if not completely eradicating it
Shiekh also cited other cases public spirited African individuals who became victims of sorcery and black magic simply because they made moves to put in place humanitarian projects that would have benefited members of their society. Such attacks in some cases,he said,are orchestrated by family enemies of the victim.
Sorcerers he says employ the services of demonic forces referred to as jinni in Arabic to haunt and torment their victims through long protracted ailments and problems of all sorts.
Black magical powers is highly developed in Africa Shiekh admits and sadly notes that in most cases,used for evil and destructive purposes rather than for the good of Africans and their societies.
On a snapshot of use of black magic worldwide, he noted that it is currently relatively lower in the European countries such as France where he had once resided before stating that, that part of the world also had it in their past history but they have since moved past the stage in which Africa still finds herself now.
The grand Shiekh said black magic is also found minimally in Arabia,with considerable high occurrence in East Asian countries such as Pakistan and India.Island countries like Madagascar he also noted has high occurrence of it.
Shiekh Ben Halima is known in Ghana and other African countries where he operates healing centers run and managed by local citizens who have to first receive hands on practical training from him before they are certified to do healing on his behalf.
Psychic cases treated at the Ruqiya Healing Centres are namely, Jinni or evil spirits,black magic and sorcery related ailments and afflictions
The form of healing Shiekh Ben Halima practices is termed Islamic medicine otherwise known as Prophetic healing that adopts a holistic approach for addressing both psychic and physical health needs of man.
Ruqiya is the is the spiritual or psychic healing component but could also be extended to include physical ailments healing within the broader context of the prophetic or Islamic medicine.
On the issue of corruption,Shiekh says he couldn’t easily think of any remedial action towards it,but it no doubt constitutes one of the big hurdles to Africa’s progress and development. Thus,some how Africans must come out with an effective means of scaling it down even if not completely eradicating it
Shiekh Ben Halima’s 150-page book,”AL-RUQYA AL-SHARIYAH”,Exorcism According to the Qur’an and Sunnah gives astounding insights into the inter-relationship between the spirit world and our human physical world as well as the interplay and collaboration between some elements in both divides either for good or for evil.
The Ruqya healing services of Shiekh is opened to all the spiritually and physically afflicted irrespective of ones religious or other persuasions.