COMMENT | I refer to a report carried by Utusan Malaysia recently, stating that the Selangor Syariah Court is looking for supernatural experts to deal with cases that were mystical in nature.
According to the Syariah chief justice Mohammad Adib Husain, there are case proceedings in the courts involving witchcraft, supernatural entities and other mystical elements.
However, since there has been no method to verify the evidence, he claims it is vital for the Syariah Courts to get people with such expertise to help with the cases.
While many people in my social circle are turning this news into a joke, I must say, this news reminded me of a bitter episode in my life.
About ten years ago, I made a decision to end my 14 years of marriage. When I sat down with my then-husband and told him of my decision, he was shocked and decided to inform our close family members, hoping they would talk me out of it.
However, when his attempts to save our marriage failed, he assumed that I must have been going through a period of depression and brought me to a psychiatrist. Having been a full-time housewife whose life revolved around a husband, two active children and loads of chores, I suppose it was an easy diagnosis to make.
When my session with the psychiatrist ended with him finding nothing wrong with my mental health, my then-husband was left in a dead end.
That was when some friends and relatives of his suggested that I may have been ‘disturbed’ by some supernatural creatures – it was all a matter of “buatan orang” (other people’s doings), they said.
Honestly believing that someone envious of our ‘happy marriage’ was trying to use witchcraft to break us up, my ex sought help from an imam. Apparently, the imam knew someone who was an expert in supernatural cases and has helped many Muslims deal with similar issues in the past...