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Reality of the Curse of the Pharaohs

Previously I wrote about the Curse of the Pharaohs and included some of the happenings that have occurred in the tombs of the Pharaohs. If you have not, you may refer to the article here:
Curse of the Pharaohs

It has been noted that many of those who have excavated the tombs of the Pharaohs or played any part in transporting their remains have been stricken by various kinds of calamities. The period of time for which the magic/witchcraft lasts depends on how long the substance on which the spell is written lasts. If the spell is written on a piece of paper or cloth, or on a picture of a person, and this paper or cloth or picture is destroyed or burnt, then the spell is canceled out.

Hence sometimes you find that the witch (may Allah curse him) puts his spell in a container of copper and seals it with molten lead in order to protect the substance used. The ancient Pharaohs of Egypt were among the most knowledgeable of people with regard to witchcraft. Allah describes the witchcraft they tried to use against His Prophet Musa (Moses)(AS) as being “great”, as He says in the Quran:

“He [Musa (Moses)] said: ‘Throw you (first)/ So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them, and they displayed a great magic.” (Al-A’raaf 7:116)

Historical and archaeological studies of Pharaonic Egypt have established that the pharaohs were among the most skillful of people in the use of witchcraft. It is clear from the Verses which tell the story of the sorcerers of Pharaoh with the Prophet Musa (Moses) that the people had no religion other than the worship of their kings who claimed to be gods. Pharaoh claimed to be the “lord most high” and to be a god. Allah says of Pharaoh:

(Fir’aun/Pharaoh) Saying: I am your lord, most high” (Al-Naazi’aat 79:24)

“Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “O chiefs! I know not that you have an ilaah (a god) other than me.” (Al-Qasas 28:38)

Hence these sorcerers devoted their skills to the service of those kings during the lifetimes and after their deaths, and the kings sought to bring the most skilled sorcerer/s close to them by giving them gifts. The king Ramses III (1197-1165 BCE) gave the high priest of his time 88,789 prisoners as a gift, leaving him free to sell them or kill them with no one to check on what he did. He also gave him 32 tons of gold. In the eleventh century BCE the priests of the god Amun were given 2400 farms, 83 ships, 46 harbors and half a million sheep.

So the relationship between these sorcerer/s and their kings was very close. Hence the miracle of the Prophet of Allah Musa (Moses)(AS) was of a type commensurate with the area in which they were most skilled. Their challenge to him and their defeat before the divine miracle is mentioned in the Quran. As the Pharaohs and their kings believed in resurrection and eternal life, and they believed that they would be raised from death to find their possessions, treasures and servants, they ordered their sorcerers to use their skills of witchcraft to mummify their bodies and to protect them and their tombs and treasures with spells that would withstand the ravages of time and last for a very long time. So the sorcerers engraved their spells on solid rocks. It seems—and Allah knows best—that the engravings that have been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs include magical charms which are aimed at protecting the tomb or the treasure. The sorcerers also used iron on which to engrave their charms and spells. Pieces of iron in the form of amulets have been found among the jewels and treasures, or around the necks of the bodies inside the sarcophagi. When the body of the king Tutankhamun was discovered, they found 143 precious stones around it. What confused the scientists was the fact that among these jewels they found a strangely shaped piece of iron which was engraved with hieroglyphics. When they looked for its meaning in the Book of the Dead, they found out that it was a warning:

“Every hand that touches you will be cut off; every nose that smells you will fall off; every eye that sees you will be extinguished (go blind); get up calmly, your majesty.”

Thus it is clear that what is known as the “Curse of the Pharaohs” is nothing more than subjugation of the jinn to guard these bodies and treasures by using powerful magic, and the jinn who inherited this task from their forefathers would not allow anyone to come near to these places without harming them.

Even the words used by the doctors to describe what happened to everyone who explored the tombs of the pharaohs —epilepsy, hallucination, coma and personality split, etc —refer to nothing but symptoms of jinn possession.

Anees Mansoor – La’nat Al-Faraaina (Curse of the Pharaoh)
Muhammad Muhammad Ja’far – Al-Sihr (Witchcraft)
Wahid ibn Abdussalaam

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