"The graphic symbol of the Greatest Name of God (ism allah al-a'zam), is also known as the Seal of Solomon (khitam sulayman): a symbol which from quite early on plays a major part in the history of Islamic esotericism, especially in magic and the occult (...) It derives from a poem attributed to the first Shi'ite Imam 'Ali (as). * "
“Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it and your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. You presume you are a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire Universe. You are indeed the evident book, by whose alphabet the hidden becomes manifest. Therefore you have no need to look beyond yourself. What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.” ~ Ali ibn Talib (a.s)
“When the rationalist in you breaks down, the Jinn come in.” ~ Saying by a friend
“It is not my hand that is healing, but that of our Fatimah Ana.”~ Sufi Saying
The following is a little legend about the origins of the healer tradition of the people of the fireplace. The people of the fireplace are an Islamo-Shamanic healer tribe in Central Asia and Turkey. They center their healing rituals around fire, melting lead and using ash for healing. And around Fatimah Al-Zahra (a.s), the daughter of the prophet (a.s). The tradition of keeping a fireplace as the spiritual focus point is also observed by many Sufi orders.
“Say, [O Muhammad], “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an. It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone.” ~ Surat Al-Jinn, Holy Qur’an
Throughout the Islamic world as well as other traditional cultures the influence of the occult (the unseen, the spirit world, the world of psychic forces) is frequently taken into the equation when it comes to the healing of neurotic disturbances, psychotic issues and complicated social problems. Even the so called “rational scientific sciences” psychology and psychiatry are rooted in the occult traditions and demonology – both are direct offsprings from Mesmerism (after the German Franz Mesmer, who made popular a theory of the “universal fluidum” he called “Animal Magnetism” and then the use of suggestion – known also as hypnosis – in the treatment of “possessions”).
“The different sorts of madness are innumerable.” ~ Avicenna (Ibn Sina)
All of what is now-adays called modern medicine would not exist without the ground-work of Islamic scholars and scientists. This also true for mental health assessments, treatments and ongoing care. Beyond the common stereotype that Muslims are superstitious and believe that mental health problems are caused by Jinn (spirits made of smokeless fire), stands a well documented history of Islamic scholars and medical practisioners assessing illnesses, diagnosing them through identifying common symptoms and finding individual treatments and cures for patients.