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Friday, December 5, 2014

Curse of Zayn Khan - The Djinn

The ruins of an old mosque still exist in 'Meera Saddo', the locality. The mosque is believed to be built in 13th Century. This belief makes it the oldest mosque in Amroha. It is also believed that a servant of the mosque invented a practice of sacrificing goats and cocks for the fulfillment of prayers. The prank, somehow, started working and this practice became popular which changed the nature of this place of worship. People from all faiths began to crowd and a chain was hanged for demented patients in the central dome. At present its a disputed site as Muslims and Hindus both claim its link to their religions. The ruins are also believed to be haunted. There is also an interesting story about the curse of Djinns at that place.
Meera Saddo Mosque, Image credit: ahmedkamalnaqvi
The Story:
Once upon a time, there lived a learned man called Meer(invented name). He was a servant of the mosque and lived in its compound. One day he overpowered a djinn. Zayn Khan, the djinn, was a good djinn who always stayed away from doing wrong to others. Zayn was very powerful and was able to travel thousands of kilometers within seconds. When his master realized Zayn's powers, he decided to use him for his selfish purposes. He asked Zayn to kidnap a princess. Zayn warned him that its wrong and doing such things is going to harm him. But Meer ignored his warning and forced Zayn to fulfill his orders. Still, Zayn put a condition before abiding to his master's order. He told him, "I will bring the princess to your room as per your order, however, when you come out of that room you have to be in pure state (paak)". To which his master agreed. Meer was a smart fellow. He arranged a big clay pot and filled it with water. He used that water for taking a bath(ghusl) before coming out of that room.

This way it continued and the princess was kidnapped several times. The princess told this to Najoomis at her place but they were all helpless in front of Zayn's powers. One aalim(a learned man) asked her about the place where she was taken. She had no clue about the place. However, she told them about the room and the big clay pot there. The aalim advised her to break the pot if next time anything similar happens.

After few days, she was again kidnapped and taken to that room. This time she broke the pot which drained all its water. This made Meer shout out of fear but it was of no use. The water was already gone. Meer knew that now Zayn is not going to leave him. He made a plan.

He got out of that room. Zayn was there, waiting for him. Zayn told him that his days are over. He requested Zayn to let him choose how he wanted to die.

Zayn agreed and asked him where and how he wanted to taste death. Meer, being a smart fellow, was aware of Djinns' behaviour, asked him "Please take me to a dry place or mountain". He knew Djinns never obey when they are out of your control. Even when they do they have trickster nature and they twist events for the worse. This way, he believed, Zayn will drown him into a water body or some ocean. And he thought as soon as Zayn will drop him into water, he will again be pure(by doing ghusl) and will be in a position to control Zayn.

However, Zayn understood his plan. He told Meer that although Djinns always do the opposite, he will fulfill his last request. This way Zayn punished Meer by taking him to an unknown place.

Nobody knows if there is any truth behind this story but the place remains haunted. It is believed to be occupied by Djinns.

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