Nowadays, the vast majority of people in our Arab world believe in superstitious practices that has been on our society for centuries. These rituals were inherited to us through our ancestors. I would never forget the stories and legends that my grandmother used to tell us about evil eyes and many other rituals. She also used to practice many beliefs such as reading the coffee cups for us for example. Moreover other factors, such as the Lebanese media, also aided the spreading of these beliefs in our society and reinforced them into people’s minds.
One of the most inherited beliefs that has been in our family for ages is the evil eye, envy. It is the bad luck that people transmit it usually by someone who is either envious, or jealous. The evil eye is powerful for people you believe in it. It can affect people for all genders and ages, and the most defenseless are the very young, the wealthy and the beautiful. To cast out an evil eye it’s not ...view middle of the document...
Since we are Muslims we belief that we can cure the evil eye with the help of Allah, and we practice with Zikr and Dua’a.
Another ridiculous belief that our ancestors belief is the upside down shoes or flip-flops. Our modern generation would sit for hours and talk about how senseless it is. You can find your grandparents and even your parents involuntarily flip their shoes or flip-flops to the usual position. It is deep inside us that this is something that needs to be adjusted, without us recognizing why we are doing it for. I asked my father the other day about it, and he answered with irrational manner. He answered “An upside down shoes is confronting the sky, it is confronting God, this is inconsiderate!” My belief of this superstitions is that I feel uncomfortable to see an upside down show due to the way I was raised by my parents.
If you look on my society where I live now, you will see everybody has their own superstition belief. The Lebanese media started to bring people who are supposedly can predict the future and people who interpret dreams. For example, every new year’s eve MTV brings Michele Hayek who says he can predict the future. One of his well know saying that “there is going to be a black cloud above Lebanon this year”. It is a disgrace for the Lebanese society and the media to believe his sayings. There is also another psycho person that the Lebanese society fall for her. Her name is Mariam Noor. She claims that she saw aliens and they are between us now, and you can see them if you go to London, ”they work there”. She also claims that she went to mars to meet with them. How Pathetic is that? How can keen society believe this kind of stories, and how can a TV channel hires these kind of people?
Bearing the above in mind, I believe that superstitious beliefs and practices are spread all over our Arab world due to various reasons ,and we would inherit these beliefs to our grandchildren and to the generations yet to come. Me personally I don’t believe in those kind of superstitions, because I follow the basis of scientific and logical origins. People who believe in superstitions can self-confidence and always troubled by the unknown fears and anxiety. At the end, I want you to believe in something that make sense.