Demons/Jinns in my Bathroom?!

                                                                 Have you ever searched the internet on things dealing with ghosts, demons and other mysterious things.  People seem to love that stuff as there are SO many sites (like this one) on these topics!  Another reason I think so is that my blog post (a very simple one) on “The Haunted House in Muscat” always seems to be among the top posts on my site.  (By the way, if you like ghost stories, here is a very interesting ghost story told very well by Andrew Klavan.  You have to watch all 4 parts though.)

First of all, YES, I do believe in demons.  I believe that they exist because they are clearly explained in The Holy Bible.  Revelation chapter 12 tells us that when Satan rebelled against God, he took 1/3 of the “hosts of heaven” with him.  2/3 of the angels now follow God.  The other 1/3 of the angels, fallen angels, are known as “demons” or “evil spirits” and together, they work with Satan/Lucifer with the main goal of “leading men astray” and even “controlling men towards rebellion from God” (ex: Ephesians 2) and “veiling their eyes to the truth of the gospel” (2 Corinthians 3-4).  Their main goals, described in John 10:10 are to “steal, kill, and destroy”, not only physically but more importantly, spiritually.  Quote from Father Merrin in the movie “The Exorcist”: “Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen.”                                   I am somewhat surprised with Omanis beliefs (even obsession) with “jinns” or “evil spirits”.  They are not exactly the same as the spirits mentioned in the Bible…Just a quick google search of the word “jinn” will show you what I mean about peoples fascination with this topic.  Here is a realistic video that is supposed to be of a Jinn.  There is even a website advertising “jinn rings” which are supposed to have spirits in them to give powers to the owners!!!  One female blogger does a pretty decent job of explaining the local belief in 2 different types of jinns on this blog post.                                                                                     

I mention these things, as an introduction, because I can’t believe the tiles they have installed in all 3 of our bathrooms.  They have what look to be some kind of evil face (demon like) on part of the tile.  When you consider that there are more than 300 tiles in each bathroom, that’s a lot of “demons” to encounter each day.  What makes it even stranger is that Muslims believe that these “jinns” have a special fascination with bathrooms.  I am not making this up.  Again a quick google search of “jinns” and “bathrooms” or “toilet” will reveal this.  You will find sites such as this or this or even this or this one.    

Anyway, here are photos from each of our bathrooms.  What do you think?  Don’t they look like some kind of evil face?  Does anyone else in Muscat/Oman have such images on their bathroom tiles?

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18 responses to “Demons/Jinns in my Bathroom?!

  1. I don’t have one on my bathroom tiles but there seems to be one in my mirror every time I look at it, haha.

    But yeah, I know, I heard there are many prayers that they pray here against the evil Jinns. And doesn’t the bible says that we are protected by the Blood of Christ from these things unless we actively look for it?

  2. Ha!ha! Yes, Harmen, you are “one handsome devil”, ho!ho!

    I heard that some people (or all?) say prayers before entering a toilet as jinns are supposed to love such places. I wonder if that’s true. I’d like to hear from an Omani on that one.

    Yes, the Bible says that we are protected from all such evil forces. The Bible verse that comes to mind is, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) Jesus also says in Matthew 12, “28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.”

  3. Come to think of it, wasn’t that thing about the bathroom prayer told to both of us in Sur when we were there?

  4. Yes, that’s one place I heard it from. He also told us that anyone who is left-handed was “raised incorrectly” by their parents and therefore the parents are to blame for anyone who is left-handed!

  5. Actually, today at work my camera was malfunctioning and my colleague said; it must be a jinn inside…

  6. Rather a late comment, but I just stumbled upon yr blog. I thought I’d try to clarify hopefully. Lots of people have this idea of the jinns and bathrooms, but in my opinion it’s a twisted version of the idea that when one needs to ‘answer the call of nature’ (even out in the open) their guardian angel leaves to give them privacy, hence they are vulnerable to evil spirits.

  7. Interesting thought, Amal. Makes sense to me.

  8. Jinns are not what people think. They are very nice and down to earth. Those tiles are not jinns. Jinns are protectors and work to make good things happen for you. They are guardians. You do however have to contact them and that is the worst part. You experience things you are not quite familiar with. Just don’t get scared ever no matter what. Respect them at all times and they will welcome a relationship with you. I have had good things happening for me ever since I established a relationship with them.

  9. You sound like “a Jinn expert” but God alone knows what spiritual forces exist in the unseen realms. That’s why I will continue to believe only what God has revealed about such things in His Word, the Holy Bible. Apart from God’s revelation, there are nothing but mens’ opinions and suppositions. I seriously would not recommend for anyone to “establish a relationship” with any spiritual entities as doing so may be inviting demonic possession.
    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

  10. As I know in Arabic “Jinn” means “hidden”. And It’s everywhere in Quran and usually used with the term “Ins” which probabely means “related to humans”. I think Jinn in Quran refers to everything invisible for humans including angels demons ghosts and spirits.
    But that’s something a native Arabic speaker should say.

  11. Thanks for the Arabic meaning of “Jinn”, Kev. Fascinating! “Hidden”…that makes sense!

  12. yeah sure I see a face in the photos, but that doesn’t mean it’s a “jinn” the human brain is trained to see and/or find patterns such as faces. I often see faces while I’m spacing out over a carpeted floor. that’s not to say I don’t believe in spirits, I’m just saying don’t blame the marble man for spooky things happening in your bathroom, its probably just the methane : D

  13. frizzy,

    Read carefully again what I wrote and you will notice that I tried to explain clearly that of course I don’t believe it’s a “jinn”. Nor did I say that “spooky things are happening in my bathroom”.
    My whole point is that with the people of this region having such strong views on spiritual things concerning these so-called jinns that they would avoid such a pattern on the tiles.

  14. There are no demon unemployment lines.
    There are no reports of demon profiling.
    There are no news articles of demon on demon violence.
    No ghost ever reported a priest molested them.
    There are no alien AIDS patients.
    There is no demon brothel or sex trade.
    There are no ghost or demon fiscal disparities.
    There hasn’t been a Sasquatch lynching (I don’t think).
    Dragons aren’t being exploited in movies or media.
    There isn’t a serial killer leaving centaur bodies across Route 9.
    There are no monster/alien immigration laws.
    There are no demon protests or riots.
    Vampires are not discriminated against DAILY on the basis of their lack of pigment.
    The Lochness Monster hasn’t filed a complaint about Lake Rights to Congress.
    Monsters don’t have to straighten their fur and zombies don’t have to “liven up” their skin to fit in.
    There is no mummy poverty or werewolf welfare.

    I’m just saying if there WERE supernatural other creatures on this planet we would have already them submit to the status quo’s will. HUMANS are the worst monsters.

  15. I get part of what you’re saying. Yes, humans (including you and me…) can be NASTY.
    Where you err is when you compare supernatural entities revealed in the Bible (demons) with manmade superstitious creations such as werewolves, vampires, zombies and sasquatch.
    In addition, I would argue that a great deal of the tragedies you mention above (violence, human trafficking, serial killing…) stem from the fact that men have been blinded from God’s truth and therefore have warped worldviews (aka “whirled views”) leading us to today’s generation and its lowest estimation of human life.
    “3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4)

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  17. If i may add to this, i’d’ like 2say that iv studies and memories Quraan, if u need sum info on al-jinn part of my référence would be Surah Al-Insaan and Surah Jinn, read tge translation Quraan on this. Also yes jinns in bathroom as thats the place u relieve urself thats why us muslims never enter into a bathroom without covering our hair on our head and never barefoot too, also référence is Surah- Naas. Though we know jinns are everywhere they even pester us while we praying jis too confuse us so we dnt kno wich line oe verse we were reciting for that we say ‘ a’uthu billaahi mina ‘Shaytaani’ rajeem'( o Allah protect me from thee acursed) tho they active all day and especially night, they MOST active when our call for prayer goes off at “maghrieb athaan’ (when the sunsets) until Fajr athaan, Also* not all jinns are bad sum of them live the way we do, they pray they listen to sermons and so forth in pakistan’karachi’ were sum of my family are from, when they go on a three or seven days to get away from wordly things and go pray to our creator then there are their group of people praying and listening to the imaam or leaders sermons or what we cal’ khutnah or bayaan’ and on the otherside there are the good jinns also listenin to the sermon and praying.. Thank you so much for letting me add my 1pence to the convo i hope iv sed sumthing that you mifht learn abit from. Keepwell. Wardah- South Africa.

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