It is night time. I won’t dare google Black Magic and Jinn stuff-its scary. On a recent trip to Oman, I found myself swimming in the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman that was offset by pristine white rocky beaches and surrounded by astounding mountain terrains. There was more to these visuals though-haunting stories of Black Magic and Jinns. Prior to coming to Oman, I heard of many Black Magic related stories that happen in Oman. One of the scariest one was as follows:
Suppose you and your friend stop at a gas station. Through the use of black magic (or simple Jinn tricks), somebody takes the physical shape of your friend and sits next to you and drives away with you in your car. They reveal their real face to you once you’ve left the gas station.
Haunting, isn’t? But it happens. In fact a lot of cab drivers will run into accidents in the middle of the road because their passengers change faces. Let me clarify, however, that although Oman is a Muslim country, Islam strongly condemns black magic. However, if Jinns decide to play tricks with humans, its not really black magic–its just Jinn misbehavior.
Common sights in Oman included twisted trees, lonely goats, shipwrecks with tangled fishing nets-lots of them, isolated beaches with random date-trees, beached Dhows, village ruins (from thousands of years ago), ruins of stone houses, caves–lots of them (Omanis believe that Jinns reside in these caves). It was like a chapter out of my Geography class: brilliant colors and an unbelievable history.
Other interesting facts about Oman: Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, thus controlling the Strait of Hormuz which is the gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman for the primary reason that they could control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea–that is how important this geographic location was. Also, modern archaeological discoveries suggest that humans settled somewhere in Oman during the Stone Age-more than 10,000 years ago.
I met with a gentleman who lived on one of the isolated beaches and as my wondering eyes settled on the top of one of the mountains, I couldn’t help but recall the stories of Cave Hira and how Prophet Muhammad would meditate in a cave only a couple hundred years ago! How did he summon the courage to do it? Was the meditation inside a cave that rewarding? There is something about history that can be so haunting. I sit in my room staring at a tissue-box and an HB pencil. Visiting Oman was rewarding: it reiterated to me the significance of time.