Superstitions

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Superstitions
Folk Belief & Facts...

Outline...
What are Superstitions ??
Why we call it “ FOLK BELIEF” ??
Why we believe in Superstitions ??
Superstitions & their Origins.
Superstitions in PAKISTAN.
Effect of Superstitions in our everyday Life.
Superstitions & ISLAM.
How to get rid of Superstitions ??

What is Superstition ???
Came from Latin word “ superstitio “ meaning
“standing over a thing in amazement or awe “ .


Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events

Why we call it “ FOLK BELIEF” ??
They explain the unexplainable.
They are based on the fear of abnormal.
They reflects our desire to have some power over our destinies.
They reflect a desire to have the universe make sense , to se a cause-effect relations between events.

Why we believe in Superstitions ??
In a way, it is a sign of acceptance of our ignorance and limitations of our power.
a wrong idea about external reality.
It’s a belief based on fear and ignorance.
Irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious.

Superstitions & their Origins.
Broken MIRRORS

Black CATS

The No. 13th

Spilling SALT

Itching PALM
Crossing FINGERS

Blessing Someone Who SNEEZED

The custom of showering RICE


Walking Under a LADDER

Broken MIRRORS
“Breaking a Mirror Brings Seven Years Bad luck”.
The superstition regarding breaking mirrors goes back to ancient Rome.The Romans were the first to create glass mirrors.They believed the mirror had the power to confiscate a part of the user’s soul.If a person’s reflected image became distorted in any way this could mean a corruption in his or her soul.

"The true reason that breaking a mirror was 7 years bad luck is because when mirrors were first made they were so expensive that if you broke on you would serve 7 years as an indentured servant to the owner of the mirror because not too many people could afford to buy another one to replace it."

Black CATS Crossing your path
As one version of the belief goes, if a black cat crosses your path, bad luck will befall you.
In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black, female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions, convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly women who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches.
Being demons, a black cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off from God and blocking the entrance to heaven.

Crossing FINGERS

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Superstitions

  1. 1. ENGLISH Presentation… 13-NTU-1001 Abne AFFaN Muhammad Polymer Engineering
  2. 2. Superstitions Folk Belief & Facts…
  3. 3. Outline… • What are Superstitions ?? • Why we call it “ FOLK BELIEF” ?? • Why we believe in Superstitions ?? • Superstitions & their Origins. • Superstitions in PAKISTAN. • Effect of Superstitions in our everyday Life. • Superstitions & ISLAM. • How to get rid of Superstitions ??
  4. 4. What is Superstition ??? • Came from Latin word “ superstitio “ meaning • “standing over a thing in amazement or awe “ . • Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events
  5. 5. Why we call it “ FOLK BELIEF” ?? • They explain the unexplainable. • They are based on the fear of abnormal. • They reflects our desire to have some power over our destinies. • They reflect a desire to have the universe make sense , to se a cause-effect relations between events.
  6. 6. Why we believe in Superstitions ?? • In a way, it is a sign of acceptance of our ignorance and limitations of our power. • a wrong idea about external reality. • It’s a belief based on fear and ignorance. • Irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious.
  7. 7. Superstitions & their Origins. • Broken MIRRORS • Crossing FINGERS • Black CATS • Blessing Someone Who SNEEZED • The No. 13th • Spilling SALT • Itching PALM • The custom of showering RICE • Walking Under a LADDEER
  8. 8. Broken MIRRORS • “Breaking a Mirror Brings Seven Years Bad luck”. • The superstition regarding breaking mirrors goes back to ancient Rome.The Romans were the first to create glass mirrors.They believed the mirror had the power to confiscate a part of the user’s soul.If a person’s reflected image became distorted in any way this could mean a corruption in his or her soul. • "The true reason that breaking a mirror was 7 years bad luck is because when mirrors were first made they were so expensive that if you broke on you would serve 7 years as an indentured servant to the owner of the mirror because not too many people could afford to buy another one to replace it."
  9. 9. Black CATS Crossing your path • As one version of the belief goes, if a black cat crosses your path, bad luck will befall you. • In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black, female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions, convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly women who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches. • Being demons, a black cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off from God and blocking the entrance to heaven.
  10. 10. Crossing FINGERS • Crossing two fingers (the middle and pointing fingers) on one hand as a sign of hopefulness or desire for a particular outcome. • "This is probably the superstition that is most widely used today. By making the sign of the Christian faith with our fingers, evil spirits would be prevented from destroying our chances of good fortune • Sometimes, when someone tells a lie, they will cross their fingers (usually behind their back). This somehow absolves them from the consequences or makes the lie not count.
  11. 11. The No. 13th • The fear of the number thirteen (13) is so pervasive that it even has it's own fancy Greek term: triskaidekaphobia. • Some major hotels don’t have 13th floor/room. If there is 13th, people refuse to live in it. • Most airports don't have a 13th gate. • “Jesus was said to have been crucified on Friday and the number of guests at the party of the Last Supper was 13, with the 13th guest being Judas, the traitor.
  12. 12. Superstitions in PAKISTAN. • Some superstitions still existing in the minds of our people. 1-When the left eye is blinking indicates something bad is going to happen. 2. When a crow crows at some ones window, it announces the arrival of guests • 3-When the owl sings it's a sign of bad luck. 4. You cannot cut nails at night. 5. It rains when fox and crane marry. • 6-If you dream about buffaloes and horses it’s bad luck. 7- Kids shouldn't let anyone walk over them otherwise they'll stop growing. 8-Don't drink milk after eating fish, said to cause severe skin problems. . 10- Never call one back when the person is leaving the house
  13. 13. Effect of Superstitions in our everyday Life. • No matter how sophisticated our society becomes, superstitions persist in having impact on success or failure.We normally associate the idea of superstition with the supernatural. the stories supporting these ideas are fascinating and get passed from person to another • Superstitious belief lead individuals away from religious teaching and trigger numerous psychological disorders and should be avoided and discouraged
  14. 14. Superstitions & ISLAM. • Superstition is any belief teaching and interpretation or opinion which are without rational basis believing In astrological forecasting • All these amount of acts shirk and greatly condemned by Allah • Indeed all acts of shirk worshiping of anything besides Allah result in various superstition and false beliefs • We must not place our trust or be dependent on anything expect Allah. • We should not be dependent on a cause and effect phenomenon which is forbidden by the rule of Islam such as which craft and superstition. • The reason is that these things can lead to annihilation of the faith.
  15. 15. How to get rid of Superstitions ?? • It is essential for us to examine our approach as rationally as possible to change the things that may be contributing to our failures. • If you choose not to believe, superstition has no weapon against you except for the fear. • Through classic conditioning i.e.. instead of hesitating just do it your mind will realize that nothing will happen. • Read more of science books .Be optimistic. Good food & good sleep will help your mind to be calm & relaxed. Practice exercise &meditation regularly • We must worship Allah in entirely so that we may achieve success happiness and security in this wold and in the hereafter.
  16. 16. My MESSAGE… • It's so sad that even in this day and age people still believe in all that... It is not the human destiny to be afflicted with superstitions: It is just an evil consequence of unbelief. The light of Islam can cure it. •"No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow." • [Luqman, 31:34]
  17. 17. THANK You… • Very Muchh…

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