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.