WATCH: Woman in Burqa Writhes Back and Forth as British Imam Spits on Her in Islamic Exorcism
A Muslim leader in Britain who claims to have carried out more than 3,000 exorcisms recently released video of one particular episode with a woman in a full burqa (body veil). The woman moves back and forth, and at one point even lifts up a table in an effort to seemingly hit the exorcist. At that point, he simply spits in her face. [Video below]
It may seem odd to modern Westerners, but the idea of evil spirits or "jinns" possessing people or being trapped inside their bodies is common in Islam. The practice of removing jinns, called Ruqyah, is rare in Britain but common in Islamic countries across Africa and Asia. The exorcism consists of chanting verses from the Quran and using holy water.
In this case, 42-year-old Kurdistani Imam Ayoub Tayeb charged £60 for the exorcism at his mosque, the Masjid Mohammed, in Sheffield, England. The video showed a 29-year-old woman in a full black burqa, who said she was possessed by a jinn who caused her a long list of medical problems, including vomiting, pain in her womb, insomnia, headaches, back pain, and poor memory, which she said could not be cured by doctors.
Tayeb put the woman on a sofa, and moved around her, chanting verses of the Quran into a microphone, drowning out the woman's screams. The woman screamed uncontrollably while thrashing around on the sofa and picking up a table. Tayeb stopped her from slamming the table on his head, and immediately spat holy water in her face. He sat the woman on the couch and stood around her in various poses, chanting the Quran to her.