What is Paranormal investigation and is it kosher to do it- By Steve Ramsey

Paranormal investigation is the examination of phenomena that cannot be explained by normal scientific examination. Generally, paranormal investigation deals with ghosts, ESP, psychic phenomena, etc. The word, “paranormal,” is “of or pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena, Some times it is a personnel experience that can not be recorded. 

The Holly books tells us to examine all things (1 Thess. 5:21). Therefore, it would seem that it is okay to examine even such events. But for the faithful  we need to be careful because to look into them for the purpose of entertainment or receiving guidance is sinful. We are not to be involved in anything cultic. However, on the other hand it is possible for a faithful person to investigate the various “supernatural” phenomena for the purpose of exposing them as either false or demonic or whatever they might be as long as the motive and the goal is to bring glory to God the creator , and helping people how to pray and do cleansing in daily ritual to get rid of the evil entities or negative residual energies that earth bound to a place or a person.

That is why I do not use or rely on magic,Ouija board, cards, or any other black or white magic , Some might help for short time but only to bring the evil entity to full scale revenge. Let us read what the Bible and the Quran tell us.

1-  The holy Bible ; 

Leviticus 20:6 ESV / 349 helpful votes

“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.

Leviticus 19:31 ESV / 327 helpful votes

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 ESV / 295 helpful votes

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lordyour God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,

1 John 4:1-3 ESV / 241 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 ESV / 190 helpful votes

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

Isaiah 8:19 ESV / 173 helpful votes

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

Acts 16:16-19 ESV / 148 helpful votes

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ESV / 111 helpful votes

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ESV / 98 helpful votes

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 91 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

2 Kings 21:6 ESV / 76 helpful votes

And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.

Daniel 2:27 ESV / 75 helpful votes

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked,

Leviticus 20:27 ESV / 75 helpful votes

“A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”

Exodus 22:18 ESV / 69 helpful votes

“You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

Revelation 22:15 ESV / 62 helpful votes

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 ESV / 62 helpful votes

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lordyour God is driving them out before you.

Acts 19:18-20 ESV / 51 helpful votes

Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.

Deuteronomy 18:10 ESV / 49 helpful votes

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer

Isaiah 47:13 ESV / 48 helpful votes

You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.

Proverbs 5:1-23 ESV / 28 helpful votes

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; …

Psalm 34:1-22 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. …

Deuteronomy 4:19 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.

Psalm 115:17 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.

Genesis 37:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

Luke 6:26 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

Jeremiah 10:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them,

Daniel 5:11-12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

Psalm 101:1-8 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure. …

Matthew 2:1-2 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Psalm 19:1-3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

Luke 21:25 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,

John 13:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.

John 14:29 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

Zechariah 10:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.

2- The Holy Quran.

For thousands of years people have been fascinated, awed and fearful at the 
unknown and mystical, being heedless of the dangers and harm that they inflict. 
As Muslims it is imperative to understand these evil-filled practices and to 
protect ourselves from them.


Magic
Having the power to do supernatural and seemingly impossible things is referred 
to as 'magic'. It can be categorized as either sorcery, which is magic that uses 
the power of evil spirits for evil purposes; or as illusionism, which is the 
skill of performing tricks in which you seem to make things appear, disappear or 
change, as if by magic.


Ruling
Both sorcery and illusionism are unlawful in Islam. Sorcery can only be 
performed with the aid of devils whose help is attained when the performer 
attributes them as partners to Allah in worship. Illusionism does not involve 
polytheism, but may none-the-less lead one astray. It is a sin because it 
implies an act of disobedience.


Magic is a destructive act, and therefore Islam warns against it. Believers 
should avoid magic and magicians; take precautions to heed the danger they 
represent and attempt to expose their false allegations. The following evidence 
from the Qur'an and Sunnah has asserted this ruling.


Allah says: 'And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no 
share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their 
own selves, if they but knew.' [The Qur'an 2:102]


Abu Hurairah, radhiallahu anhu, related that 'The Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa 
sallam, said: 'Avoid seven most dangerous things.' The Companions asked: 'O 
Messenger of Allah! What are these things' He, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, 
answered: 'Making anyone or any thing a partner of Allah; practicing magic; 
killing a living being whose life has been declared sacred by Allah without 
justification; practicing usury; misappropriating the property of an orphan; 
running away from the infidels in a battle; and slandering chaste, innocent, 
believing women.' (Bukhari and Muslim)


Ordained Punishment
According to Islamic law, the penalty that awaits every sorcerer is death. The 
Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said: 'Kill every sorcerer, for this is 
the punishment ordained by Allah.' Umar ibn al-Khattab sent messages to his 
viceroys in those countries under Islamic rule ordering them to kill all 
sorcerers. This was later confirmed by Uthman Ibn Affan, Hafsah Bint Umar, 
Abdullah Ibn Umar, and Jundub Ibn Abdullah, radhiallahu anhum.


Fact or Fiction
An illusion has an effect on the onlookers that seemingly make things or happen 
when in reality, they do not. Musa, alayhes salam, said: 'Nay, throw you 
(first)! Then behold, their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to 
him as though they moved fast.' (Qur'an 20: 66).


Spells can have a genuine effect that can manipulate the body; even to the 
extent that it can cause sexual impotence. It may also make the affected person 
go insane, as it disturbs the emotional balance. Allah says in the Qur'an: ' And 
from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man 
and his wife, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave.' (2: 
102)


Breaking a Magic Spell
The best way to break a spell is by reciting assigned verses from the Qur'an and 
to utter specific invocations specially worded by the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe 
wa sallam. Another allowable method would be to use medicines lawfully 
prescribed for the particular case under examination. What is unlawful, however 
is to use magic as a means to break a spell because this is likely to be done by 
the aid of devils.


Protection From Magic
Holding fast to Allah, seeking refuge with Him and putting trust in Him, can 
attain protection from magic. Also, we should do what is right in the sight of 
Allah, and turn away from sin. But more specifically we can recite the following 
verses and sayings:


Whoever recites verse 255 of the Surah of al-Baqarah (No 2) before going to bed, 
Allah sends him a keeper that protects him against the devils until he wakes up. 
 

Recite verses 285 and 286 of the Surah of al-Baqarah. 

Say: 'I seek refuge with Allah?s perfect words from the evil of what He has 
created.'
 

Say the following three times: 'In the name of Allah, Whose mention is a 
protection against whatsoever harm is on the Earth or in the Heavens. Verily, He 
is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.'


Fortune-Telling
Fortune-telling is the belief that some people possess the ability of telling 
other people what will happen to them in the future by using magical or mystical 
methods. These rulings also apply to people who claim knowledge of the unseen, 
such as geomancers, palmists, shell-diviners, etc.


A fortune-teller uses devils who eavesdrop in the Heavens; Allah says in the 
Qur'an: 'Shall I inform you (O people!) Upon whom the devils) descend' They 
descend on every lying, sinful person. Who lends an ear (to the devils and they 
pour what they may have heard of the Unseen from the angels), and most of them 
are liars.' (26:221-223)


This knowledge of what the angels may have said is then passed to the people who 
are often prepared to believe what the fortune-teller says. The problem is that 
what people believe is true, has been embellished or changed, omitting the 
truth.


Ruling:

Fortune-telling is considered 'Shirk Akbar' (the major and serious form of 
polytheism) for two reasons. First, it implies the acquisition of knowledge of 
the Unseen, which is unique to Allah, (alone). 'Say: 'None in the Heaven and the 
Earth knows the Ghaib (unseen) except Allah, nor can they perceive when they 
shall be resurrected.' (Qur?an 27: 65).


This means that any one who believes that he possesses such knowledge is 
certainly claiming the acquisition of a Divine attribute that Allah (alone) 
possesses. Second, it involves using devils and holding fast to them, a ritual 
that can only be perfected when the performer is in complete submission to that 
damned species. This is a form of polytheism.


The Danger of Attending Fortune-Telling Assemblies

In recent years, the number of fortune-tellers has dramatically increased, only 
being outnumbered by those who attend their assemblies and believe what they are 
told. Some people are fascinated and impressed by observing those who cannot 
miss the opportunity to make fortunes out of imparting their fabrications. 
People who attend fortune-telling assemblies are divided into three groups:


Those who go to fortune-tellers to ask them about the future without truly 
believing in their falsehoods and without having the slightest intention of 
disclosing their falsehood to the public. People in this group are sinful and 
their prayers are not accepted for forty days.


Those who believe in the prophecies of the fortune-tellers and go to ask them 
about the future. These people are regarded as disbelievers since they deny the 
truthfulness of the Qur'an: 'Say: None in the Heavens and the Earth Knows the 
Ghaib (Unseen) except Allah.' (27: 65)


Those who go to fortune-tellers and only ask them in order to examine the 
truthfulness of their prophecies; then disclose their deceit to the public. 
These types of people publicize that fortune-tellers only offer misguidance that 
can make believers go astray.


However, if someone uncertain that he is capable to take on such a task and 
accomplish it perfectly, he should not attempt it. Such a weighty undertaking 
could pose a risk to himself, and result in failure that may likely tempt people 

even further. 
Thank you very much for visiting my blog
Steve Ramsey, PhD
Calgary - Canada. 

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