This is my first post on this web site. I have had many paranormal experiences all throughout my life. Below there is quite a read, but I think it is worth everyone's time to read.
I am not an expert but can give some good advice on how to deal with what the site calls ghosts. I know exactly what ghosts are, why they are around, and how you can make them leave your home- most of the time. Of course this is based off my own personal beliefs, so please don't take any offense to it. Also, I am sure there are other entities out there that in the unseen world that I have no knowledge about. So I am not saying what I believe is the only explanation for certain experiences out there either.
Before I can share any of my many "ghost stories" let me briefly summarize what ghosts are- most of the time. However, to help me describe what I believe ghosts are, I will briefly talk about many of my different encounters I have had with them.
They are not dead humans and they are not angels (although angels or shadows or light off angels can also appear). They are another entity called jinns (see Jinn in the web site's glossary). Like humans they have free will, families, follow different religions, speak different languages, feel fear, and are born and die on Earth. Some different things about them and humans are they live longer (thousands of years), can change shape into animal (animals with all black fur or feathers especially) or human forms, they are normally not visible to the human eye (obviously), and they are made of a smokeless fire (where humans are made of dirt/the earth). Not all jinn are bad, but the ones that are, are usually devils (follow Satan and want to mislead and hate humans).
There are three different kinds of Jinn: ones that move as fast as humans, ones that can move VERY fast (like from California to New York in a few seconds), and ones that can fly and have wings.
The main thing the devil jinn do is try to mislead humans by whispering for humans to do bad deeds. This whisper is in your mind and not something you hear in your ear, although they can do that too.
The other main thing they do is give people bad dreams; this is like a sport for them. In fact, in English this is where the term nightmare comes from. A "mare" is an entity that comes and gives you bad dreams at night. In fact, this is when they are seen by people the most, including myself, right as they are about to fall asleep or when they wake up from the middle of a dream. The site talks about sleep paralysis, but this is due to jinn especially when you see them over you in this paralyzed state! This is also why they are seen mostly at night time in people's houses and why people wake up to see them right on top of them. They are known to come out at night more also.
They live in many places: graveyards, abandoned homes and buildings, dirty places like bathrooms, and even your every day building or home (house haunting). They mostly live in forests and other quiet and remote areas like mountains where humans aren't nearby.
They can possess (although very rarely), harass or harm people for various reasons, i.e. They fall in love with the person, the person harms them or their family member in some way (sometimes even by accident by stepping on their child for example), the person is worshipping or invoking them, another person invokes the jinn to harm them (black magic), the person doing black magic is harassed by the jinn (s) he is working with.
They actually out number humans in number on Earth since each person has one jinn that follows him throughout his life (to whisper him to do bad deeds). Keep in mind though, so you don't just blame all your bad doings on jinn, a human also has a nefs (desires) which are actually much stronger and a harder to control than jinn's whispers. Once a person dies his or her jinn can then go free- they can mimic their person after death and fool their relatives that the person is a ghost now or somehow still connected to the family, but that person is in fact dead until the Day of Judgment. The jinn outnumber us; however, they don't have the intelligence, strength, unity, and/or permission from God to control the Earth. In fact, any person with the true faith can overpower even the strongest Jinn in a physical fight. I have done this once and I almost killed the jinn (I believe) by chocking it to death. I will explain this story in great detail at a later time.
Since they can change there form there are many different witness accounts of different creatures or beings that people see. I believe most of the time when people see them they are human shaped black figures, but white is also reported a lot even though I have not seen this. Often too they will be seen looking to have dog like features or even be thought to be a dog. I have only seen the black kind (I believe they look grayer in the daytime as I have seen that too) and I always have seen them only in the humanoid shape. I have reason to believe also one changed from a crow into the humanoid shape, but I only heard the crow and did not see it morph. That is another thing, animals are able to see them and so are babies and young children as they are pure in their nature. When you are pure the veils over our eyes on such things are lifted. So the crow I heard may have only seen the jinn and was not the actual jinn.
All the jinn I have seen have always had a long face with a pointy head which is in normal proportion with their shoulders. I believe they have short stubby legs since I have never seen anything below their longer torsos. I could not make any facial features out on them other than cheek bones, noses, and eye bones. I have not seen any eyes or a mouth; it is usually just a cloud of black or gray. Once I saw one that had quite long arms and was able to sit on a wall upside down and look down on me, it was pushing on my chest very hard. They also are not transparent at all, at least the ones I have seen.
One of the most interesting ones I saw came to me in broad daylight when I was wide awake around 7:30 AM (I can explain the whole story in detail at another time again). I clearly saw his pointy head and shoulder outline as he sat right on top of me. He was a gray mass (again I think they look more gray than black in the daytime) but the edges of his outline had some very distinct features. It had a thin, about 1 cm thick, rainbow border all the way around it. The rainbow was connected to the body; it was not like an aura floating around it. I didn't have time to count the colors but it looked just like a rainbow with several distinct colors on top of each other; I remember red and blue specifically but there were more colors in there. What made it look even more awesome was that just beyond the rainbow edge the air was aliasing like it does in a mirage. Come to think of it, its edge looked and acted similar to the tip of a flame with the different layers of colors in a flame and with a heat mirage on top. Remember they are made out of a smokeless fire.
Most of this knowledge I have comes from authentic Islamic sources. Also, a lot as explained above come from my own personal experience with jinn. Thirdly, I based some of what I said above from what I have heard from other people I deeply trust who are also practicing and sincere Muslims.
Here are some things you should do to prevent Jinn from bothering you. Keep your house clean. Don't allow dogs in the house (they are dirty and often leave a bad smell and feces all over). Also, angels do not go in houses with dogs in them or statues. Dogs can see the jinn but I think the bad outweighs the good in this case. If you really love your dog and want him in the house, only keep it in certain rooms and keep it out of your bedroom for sure. Close and lock your door in your bedroom before you go to bed. Also keep the doors of the house locked. I have been experimenting with closing my door (not usually locking it) before I go to bed now and since then I have not had the jinns come to me at night. I left my door open the other night and my wife said all night something was bothering her (giving her many bad dreams). I do a special prayer which is to recite Ayat Al Qursi which is chapter 2 verse 255 in the Quran before I go to bed. I found that if I do this I am safe until about 7:30 AM which is about the time the prayer wears off. Also, when you recite Ayal Al Qursi any jinn in your house will leave the house for the entire day. Before you go to bed you can also recite the last 2 verses of Chapter 2 of the Quran. Also, I recite them in Arabic and try to think of the meaning in English as I am reciting them in my head.
If you are not a Muslim then you can still try these things. At the least you should just supplicate to God asking God to protect you. When I say God I mean God alone, not the Prophet Jesus as Christians refer to Jesus as God which Muslims believe is not correct.
Other things you can do is say "Bismillah" which means "in the name of God" before you do certain actions. For example, entering a bathroom (where they often live will hide you from them), eating (prevents them from benefiting from the food you eat), and entering your house (does not allow them to enter your home behind you). Also, the devils run away when you remember God. So try to be very God conscious and remember God often. Not just think about or say the words but actually in your heart believe in God and think of the meaning of what you are saying or thinking. When confronted by a jinn one time, I had repeated a prayer seeking refuge in God from the devil three times and the jinn was still there. It was not until I actually thought of the meaning of the Arabic words I was saying that the jinn ran away (vanished before my eyes). So sincerity and true faith and belief in God are required.
Also, jinn will posses a person when they are in some extreme state. It can be really happy, really sad, or really tired for example. Try to keep a balance in your life and always have a level head. If you are possessed try to quit any sins you are doing and better your life until you are in a more pure state where the jinn loses its power over you.
These are but a few things you can do. I am not qualified at all to advise people on it but these are all pretty much common Islamic knowledge on dealing with jinn.
If I may add, don't be afraid of them. They probably fear you a lot more than you fear them. I don't advise you directly confront them or try to talk to them however at anytime unless they are directly confronting you. This can cause more problems. But do be stern and stand your ground if they are aggressive. Run after them and raise your voice if you see them. Don't go hiding under your covers. If you see them and you are paralyzed, just don't freak out. It is very normal they are just a part of life really.
If you are having a lot of problems with them I suggest you go to a nearby Sunni Mosque and talk with the Imam there. There will be one or two people in each Muslim community that have a lot of experience with dealing with jinn. The Imam can also advise you on other things you can do.
After writing this, I can see how many people may think I am crazy or how some of this sounds so backwards or old world. I am a very modern person, a computer scientist of all modern things, with a very level head and life. I never lie and have better things to do with my time that to write an essay about ghosts. I too may have thought some of the things in the post are a lie if I read it on line, but seeing is believing. And with all the countless accounts I have heard from my friends and reading stories on websites like these, makes it obviously clear that jinn are a reality. There are a lot of ghost shows on TV lately; I have seen them capture jinn on camera about 4 times so far. They are always in the form I describe or a very similar form to it.
The orbs, which are captured more often, are interesting; I have never read anything about those from an Islamic perspective. I do believe that they are a form of jinn though. I have even captured one myself in the Winchester Mystery house that has a clearly distinct face in the orb, face, nose, mouth, eyes! I will have to share these stories and picture with you another time as well... Sorry for all the ghost story teasers.:) I'd love to share all my stories with you guys in great detail though. After this post I will go into each one, one post at a time.
Please feel free to ask me questions about jinn here and I will try to answer them as best as I can.
Please do not try to turn this into an Islam or Muslim bash fast, these people only mock themselves but perceive it not.