By day, he works as a research assistant. By night, he is a traditional healer. Haris Abdul Razak tackles black magic with coconut water.
HARIS Abdul Razak has a day job as a research assistant but come evening and weekends, he is sought by people who need exorcism or healing for ailments.
“I have been a Quranic psychic healer for the past 20 years. When I practise healing, I recite Quranic verses,” says the 50-year-old traditional healer from Kajang, Selangor. Haris, who learnt the art of healing from various religious teachers, claims that his power is a gift from God due to his passion for helping others.
Haris has treated people who were possessed and victims of black magic. When he treats his patients, he mentions their name and recites a doa (prayer) for healing. He says his ability to heal is possible “through the power of Allah.” For those who are possessed, Haris would try to hold them, recite prayers and transfer his energy to them to repel the evil spirit. He will also blow through the victim’s ear.
Haris explains that he did not set out to be a healer but was destined to become one.
“When I was young, I had an adventurous streak. I loved silat (a form of Malay self-defence) and mountain-climbing. I have climbed many mountains such as Gunung Tahan and Mount Kinabalu,” says Haris.
“I also learnt about the importance of the body’s inner energy and how to apply it to heal people. Over time, I gained confidence in healing and attended to those who came to seek my help.”
Some 15 years ago, Haris’ help was sought when hysteria broke out at Institut Pertanian Serdang in Selangor. About 40 students were involved. Five years ago, Haris also attended to a case of hysteria in a secondary school in Puchong, Kuala Lumpur. About 250 students, a quarter of the school’s enrolment, were affected.
“Dirty spirits can cause hysteria. Iblis is everywhere. These spirits are like humans and they have their own village and township,” says Haris. “Hysteria can occur if man breaks the law of nature and intrudes into the territory of these spirits. If their domain has been disturbed, the spirits may rebel.
“A spirit can possess someone weak within seconds. Once a spirit attacks someone, the other spirits will join in.”
Haris explains that a person who has received barakah (blessings from God) and has studied under a master will be able to deal with evil spirits.
“Usually such a person is spiritually strong and religious. As long as he has God’s blessings, he will be protected. A person without religion is weak and susceptible to being charmed if he is unlucky,” says Haris.
Haris says he has psychic powers and can sense the presence of evil. If the need arises, he would negotiate with the spiritual beings to strike a deal. He would tell them that a particular piece of land has become human property and persuade them to leave or offer to transfer them somewhere.
“Actually, spirits do not want to enter into any confrontation with humans. Sometimes the clash is accidental when both parties cross paths.”
To help those who are under a santau (spell), Haris uses his internal powers to bind the spirit.
“I use coconut water; it’s the simplest way. I will recite a doa and the patient is then asked to drink the water that has been prayed over,” says Haris. “Sometimes the leaves of the nangka (jackfruit) tree are used to break a spell and release the spirit trapped inside the body.”
For this cleansing ritual, the healer or bomoh would brush the person’s bare back with a bunch of nangka leaves. It is said that tiny particles comprising copper, glass, sand, egg shell, hair and even fur, would fall out from the body. The presence of these foreign particles is a sign that the person is a victim of black magic or has been attacked by someone using mystic powers.
“The ritual is best performed at midnight when the gravitational pull is greatest. It is also a time when the malaikat (angel) descends to Earth to make his rounds and observes what humans are doing. One will get unknown blessings if Quranic verses are recited at this time,” explains Haris.
“It is said that a black magic practitioner can flick off evil spirits from his long fingernails to attack his victims. Or he can even unleash flying magic into the air. For that reason, many families do not want to hang their clothes or nappies on the line at night or even in the corridors,” adds Haris.