fucking hell exquisite, that is mental.
I have had faith healers a few times, but they never charged any money. (Raiki healing, increadlibly, did some good to a fractured wrist). I know it's bollocks, but it was harmless bollocks. (once I got drunk and went to a healer).
But your stuff sounds like proper scandles.
IMO stuff like Reiki is fine, its harmless, and if you believe in it then it will work, as long as it is not burning a hole in your pockets its fine.
As long as phys's mum was not performing any hazardous rituals then what she was doing is fine aswell.
But many muslim faith healers do charge money, some only charge around a fiver but some charge thousands.
When I was told I was possesed be a demon I was so scared (i was only 7 at the time) and I started to feel ill after the "diagnosis", only then did i start getting nightmares and feeling shit all the time.
Once I learnt to to think for my self I rejected this shit, but it got me into a lot of trouble because i was rejecting a lot of bs i was told as a kid.
My mum told me about a tragic case in pakistan about a girl who's parents sent her to a faith healer to get her "demon removed", he beats his clients to get the demon out (he claims that he is beating up the demon), he hit the girl so hard that she ended up dead.
There was also a case (very long time ago) of a christian couple who beat up their "possesed" 3 year old child and they ended up killing him.
My mum goes MENTAL when I diss our "local" faith healer, he's such a strange guy but my mum LOVES him. Strange thing is is that she barely knows him and has no idea about the type of person he is.
Yet she takes pride in having blind faith, she drives me mad
One faith healer in Derby told my mum to do this strange ritual, he gave a piece of paper which in arabic praised Muhammed, the thing was rolled up into like a long thin ciggerett, she was told to light it and we were made to inhale the smoke, i swear it smealt so weird and it made me and my mum feel ill, i never had any faith in this stupid ritual but my mum still did even though it made her feel worse them me! the same faith healer also got a thin long tube and started shouting prayers down my ear to "heal me", it was strange and irritating at first, but after a minute i found it weirdly relaxing.
I have met some muslims who know SO MUCH about these scams, its like they've got a degree in it.
I probably come from the most gullible family ever (including extended family), we've all been "diagnosed" as being possesed by demons and most of 'em pay for dubious cures.
My dad believes i'm only an atheist because i'm possesed.
well at least he never went mad when i told him, and i'm glad he's upset with the demon and not with me.
when i was a muslim the funniest experince ever was when the alleged hair of the prophet Muhammed was brought to a mosque in sheffield, it was just one strand of hair and THOUSANDS of muslims turned up, we were told to make a wish and it will come true (ofcause the wish never came true) and the funny thing was was that this strand of hair was a brown/nearly ginger color and theres no way it could have been a strand of muhammads hair, judging from where he's from it woould either be black or dark brown, but certainly not the color I saw, but at least it was free to see it, and this strand of hair was placed around a beautiful case. But people waited for hours to see it.