Possessed by jinn? 29-year-old in chains for six years
Turki, 29, remains fettered in the basement home of his divorced mother in 
Makkah. (AN photo by Badea Abu Al-Naja) 


Published: Jul 22, 2010 00:02 Updated: Jul 22, 2010 00:16 

MAKKAH: A 29-year-old Saudi in Makkah has been living in chains for over six 
years because he is, according to his father, possessed by a female jinn who 
refuses to leave him.

"Medical doctors and religious sheikhs have failed to diagnose my son. When he 
has fits, he has convulsions and his entire body twists and his eyes become 
completely white. Then the voice of a woman can be heard coming from him," said 
the father of the young man identified only as Turki.

"When my son first began suffering from this problem I took him to sheikhs to 
recite Qur'an on him but most of them became scared when they heard the female 
voice telling them that she was a royal jinn and that no one can exorcise her 
unless Turki dies," he said.

The father said a sheikh advised him to tie his son's arms and legs with iron 
chains and to read Qur'an on him. "We did this. My son became quiet but is 
totally unaware of what is happening around him. He does not talk and is now 
unable to harm anyone," he added.

The man divorced Turki's mother some time before he was possessed. His wife now 
lives with the couple's four children in a two-room apartment.

"I also used to be possessed and this began when I was nine. I used to see a 
woman who would at times appear very beautiful and at times extremely ugly. I 
also used to see her sometimes surrounded by fire and sometimes with animal 
limbs," he said.

The man said he suffered from this for over 40 years until a sheikh finally 
cured him. "My happiness was, however, short-lived because my son is now 
afflicted with a similar problem," he added.

Muhammad Al-Suhali, professor of Shariah at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah 
and a member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said he visited 
the young man and found him to be in a miserable condition.

"Turki was in a semi coma. He did not know what was going around him. He could 
not eat, drink or use the toilet without the help of others," he said.

Al-Suhali said when he started reading some Qur'anic verses, Turki became 
furious and started shaking until he was about to fall out of his bed.

"When I stopped reciting, he became quiet again but was distant and unaware of 
what was happening," he said.

He said the family is very poor. "The young man lives with his mother in the 
basement of an old building. They only have two small rooms, a bathroom and a 
kitchen. Their furniture is old and they live in very primitive conditions," he 

He called on the Ministry of Social Affairs to provide them with better 
accommodation and to include Turki in its social security program.

"The whole family lives on SR850 a month that they receive in social security," 
he said.

Al-Suhali commended the patience and determination of Turki's young wife, who 
remains with him in spite of his condition.

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