The Esoteric/New Age Movement/Occult/Kabbalah/Hindu/Buddist Philosophy has interwoven itself in many so called alternative “healing” modalities and “self-development,”, courses today. Many Muslims (especially ladies and including ex-madrasah students), are getting involved due to business opportunities, ill health, emotional and relationship issues etc.
These modalities introduce what’s known as the “Universal Energy”, or the “Divine Energy”. Hindus call it Prana, Kabbalah calls it Ein sof, Buddists refer to a Mandala etc.
Ignorant Muslims, try drawing the conclusion, that all these energies are a scientific fact as practitioners very cunningly, mix in a little bit of science, with a lot of bunk! Some Muslim practitioners have the audacity to state, this Universal energy, is actually referring to Allah! (Naouthibillah) Practioners use various methods to try to tap into this energy, under a variety of names. This Universal Consciousness/Energy is supposedly the source of “miraculous powers”. From financial abundance, to good health, to emotional healing, spiritual enlightenment, material prosperity etc etc.
NONE of these methods are in keeping with Quraan or sunnah nor were discovered by muslims. This leads to the obvious conclusion, that only non muslims have been “guided” to these methodologies and their theory is, that by adopting certain modalities, “wonderful” things can happen to both the Muslim and Non Muslim. At this point the muslims antenna of imaan should be buzzing like crazy!
Some of the concepts and/or modalities are;
1) The Law of Attraction.
This is not a real law at all. It is not like the law of gravity. It is made up. It comes from ancient hermetic philosophy and is practiced in Kabbalah. No scientist accepts this law and it is too stupid to even call, pseudo science! The theory behind this is, that you can control your own reality, as well as how your life unfolds by focusing completely positive thoughts or “wishes” and expecting them to materialise by saying daily affirmations or words. Again, this is not dua, as dua may or may not materialise in this world, while this philosophy, is a “sure thing”
There are entire courses that are currently being presented by Muslims, which appears to be so well grounded on Islamic principles, but it is purely based on this false belief, so muslims need to take cognisance.
2) Meditation and Guided Meditation.
Not at all to be confused by the Islamic type of meditation or muraqaba. This is a Zen or Buddhist type practice. There are different types of concentration exercises, to get “guidance”, “peace”, good health and connection to the divine, so you can aquire the ability, to control your reality. Some include :
-playing alpha waves.
-mentally un blocking the chakras (Google the word and see for yourself the origins)
– guided meditations that take you into your mind, where guardians (others call them angels) wait to “inspire” you with your work, daily life etc
– the calling of “people” from the past, future or present, who you can speak to.
– the emptying the mind for certain periods of time and allowing “enlightenment in” etc
3) Raising Ones Vibrations.
Various methods are use which may combine other methods and even include instruments like “tuning forks” and Vogel crystals (a crystal cut in the pattern of the Kabbalah tree of life) etc. The objective is to become more enlightened and bring your body into “balance”. Muslims are often told, “It’s like when you meet a pious person and you feel positive “vibes.” Please dont be fooled by this! The practioners are clear that these so called “positive vibes” they refer to, are not reserved just for pious Muslims, but sinful muslims as well and non muslims can have them too! Many yogis, Buddhist monks, self help presenters etc all claim “raised vibrations.”
While our pious muslims undoubtedly have a genuine positive and noorani asr about them, remember this was aquired by self control, shunning sins, abundance of ibaadat and the love and obedience to Allah ta ala and is NOT what these other unbelievers and sinful muslims are carrying. See this quote by Hazrath Bayaazid Bustami rahmatullah alayh:
“Even if you see a person who has been given extraordinary powers (karamat) and is able to sit cross-legged, floating in the air, do not be taken in immediately. First of all, check to see that he abides by the divine commandments and prohibitions, that he maintains the divine limits, that he properly carries out the rulings of the sharia’. If this is not the case, then this is not karamat but rather istidraaj”.
4) Distance Healing
This is supposedly sending curative “energy” long distance through or with the “energies”. This is nothing at all connected to dua, as people apparently are “healed” or at least feel better immediately over a simple telephone call. Its origins are from Reiki (which is completely and purely the result, from a Buddist monk’s 21 day fast and meditation!) and both Muslim and non-Muslims can perform these “feats.”
5) Neuro Linguistic Programming
While this is not a tapping into “divine” energy, it is a type of hypnotherapy used to influence people to be more favourable to their suggestions (whatever they may be). They claim you will be able to acquire “success” in business, in love, in life pursuits, in counselling etc.
Allowing someone to invade your “head space”, is not only atrocious and offensive, but has many potential dangers. Even a slightly corrupted individual, can have a field day with you, if you are a susceptible individual! However when NLP practitioners use their “skills” and do this WITHOUT your knowledge, then this should be considered criminal!
Muslims should watch out for a type of rambling conversation, an effort to mimic your body movements and attempts to “anchor” you by touching you at certain points or the use of auditory or verbal expressions, to see if you are being NLP’ed! (Mention of NLP has specifically been made as many of the practioners of the other methods, are registered NLP practitioners.
Many women who have alhumdolillah come out, express the same sentiment… “I have no idea why I couldn’t see or known better” (Something to ponder over!)
6) Allowing the “Energy” of the universe to “unblock” causes of illness, emotional problems, mental issues etc.
One of the most common modalities and most accepted in our community. Most have their roots in Reiki, as well as Hinduism, but many mix and match and then claim to have their own modality.
This is just a brief summary of some of the dangers out there. Muslims should not be a nation of gullible fools, that swallow anything and everything fed to them. Use Quraan, Sunnah and the pious Ulama as our ultimate guides, and inshallah you will never go wrong.
Allah Ta’ala save us all..