Wednesday, 16 September 2015
islamic exorcist stabbed to death at his black magic healing centre
Father-of-three Zakariyya Islam, 46, who specialised in expelling demons, was stabbed at the Ruqya Centre in east London last night. The healer had worked as a exorcist for around 20 years and co-founded the Islamic therapy business which offers advice on sorcery, witchcraft and “evil eye”.
He treated people who believed they were were possessed by evil spirits, also known as 'jinns.'
Police and paramedics rushed to the centre just after 6.30pm yesterday where he was found with critical injuries to his torso.
Despite desperate attempts to save his life he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 43-year old man known to Mr Islam was arrested on suspicion of murder and is set to be questioned by police after being taken to a hospital with hand injuries.
The centre, which is part of an office block on Greatorex Street, was sealed off by police who were carrying out forensic searches.
His colleague Tasawer Islam, 51, said: "It was the last thing I expected to hear.
"I am lost for words that something like this could happen to him.
Describing their work, Tasawer Islam, who offers similar treatments over Skype and joined the business five years ago, said: "It's something similar to what you would call clairvoyance.
"We recite directly from the Quran and it's the words that are very soothing.
"Everything that is damaging around you gets destroyed but lots of people don't believe or they don't understand.
"People with mental health issues - all we have to do is speak to them - not even physical contact - we just say the words.
"It's like yoga.
"We do the recitations from the Quran for about 30-40 minutes and people feel better.
"You can be inhabited or possessed by these powers - everything around you feels bad. You feel miserable and you want to sleep all the time.
"A doctor will just tell you that you need to sleep it off but by listening to the Quran you can get rid of it all.
"It is using the Quran to exorcise those spirits."
Zakariyya Islam was born in Bangladesh but grew up in the UK.
Last year he hosted a conference on "The World of Jinns" at the East London Mosque which he visited regularly.
The former caretaker at Stepney Green Secondary School and former cab driver was also a member of Islamic Forum of Europe.
Paying tribute to his friend, Tasawer Islam said: "He was a very gentle and charitable person who would help anybody.
"He was in the business of helping people who were a bit unstable in their lives.
"He was the sort of person who would go around and out of his way to help people.
"It's a huge shock for me.
"The community will definitely be worse off without him."