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From Charlie Hebdo to Charlie Charlie…

We live in a time fraught with challenges.  Recently a new ‘craze’ has gone viral among the youth... Not just in our culture or in our schools… Not just in our city or in our country… "Charlie Charlie" has become the talk of almost every youth and concerned leader or parent out there. It’s become a World-Wide phenomenon!

Many of us would have received this whatsapp message :

watsappMessgCharlie 

And the message has, indeed, spread far and wide!  Washington Post, the UK’s The Independent, church leaders, the Vatican…

The Washington Post

In May of this year already, via its online publication, ‘The Washington Post’ Edition: U.S. & World (https://www.washingtonpost.com/), reporter Caitlin Dewey had written her opinion about this game in an article entitled: “The complete, true story of Charlie Charlie, the ‘demonic’ teen game overtaking the Internet”.

The following is an excerpt from the article on the Washington post:
“’Charlie Charlie,’ a game/Internet urban legend of sudden and inexplicable popularity, surged to the top of the global social media charts this weekend after kicking around on the Spanish-language Internet for much of eternity. As of this writing, #CharlieCharlieChallenge has been tweeted more than 1.6 million times. More people are Googling ‘Charlie Charlie’ than virtually any other news event.” 
SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/05/26/the-complete-true-story-of-charlie-charlie-the-demonic-teen-game-overtaking-the-internet/

Furthermore, Dewey goes on to explain how the game is played, where it comes from, why it is popular again, etc but ultimately writes it off by saying that “…given that no one’s setting themselves on fire, inhaling a caustic substance or deforming their lips, Charlie Charlie looks … pretty harmless...” and that its “yet another example of the power of the teenage Internet”.

THE INDEPENDENT

In another online article that made the UK’s ‘The Independent’ frontpage (also in May this year), entitled: “Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: it's just gravity — not a Mexican demon being summoned”, Andrew Griffin basically writes the whole demonic ‘thing’ off too…

He writes: “You - or your wayward demonic teens - might have summoned up a malignant Mexican spirit with a couple of pencils. But, thankfully, all is probably well — here's what's really going on in the Charlie Charlie Challenge…”

He goes on to explain that gravity, and the awkward positioning of some pencils are what moves it and that the pencils “just wouldn't sit still even if you wanted them to.”

To the question ‘Why does scary stuff happen afterwards?’ he suggests the following: “It’s possible that strange things are happening. But it’s equally likely that after playing the game the brain gets itself into a state that makes it extra suggestible and fearful.”

SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/charlie-charlie-challenge-explained-its-not-a-mexican-demon-being-summoned--its-gravity-10276557.html

CHURCHLEADERS

So what do other religions say about “Charlie Charlie”?

On the ‘Church Leaders’ webpage (SOURCE: http://www.churchleaders.com/daily-buzz/255148-everything-need-know-charlie-charlie-challenge.html), Carrie Kintz, a freelance writer and communication strategist, offers a different viewpoint to the previous two articles.

“What is concerning is the lack of discernment and knowledge when it comes to playing with things of a demonic nature. Most participating think it is harmless, but there are real spiritual consequences to a game like this.” ~ Carrie Kintz

She goes on to say: “The point is that demons are real. They aren’t harmless. It is important that we educate the kids in our churches about the reality of the devil… … If our kids are playing games like this, there are real spiritual consequences in their lives. It isn’t something to take lightly or to brush off as a non-issue…”

In an update on the webpage from Father Fortea, The Vatican’s authorized exorcist, on the Charlie Charlie challenge, he warned against the occult practice and said:

“Some spirits who are at the root of that practice will harass some of those who play the game.” Even though players “won’t be possessed,” the spirit that has been summoned “will stay around for a while.” Also, the game “will result in other spirits beginning to enter into even more frequent communication.And so then the person really can suffer much worse consequences from the demons.”

So yes,  it may only be a game. It may be that the pencils move due to gravitational forces. And it may have nothing to do  with any another dimension.                  

But lets use this opportunity to raise awareness. We do know of the existence of evil jinn.  We do know of the dangers associated with evil jinn. Educate ourselves and our children to be able and equipped to deal with these type of challenges. Seek protection from Allah against these forces.

ADVICE FROM SHEIKH TOFA

All praises are due to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the universe. Peace and salutations upon the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his family, his companions and all those who follow him.

We live in a society wherein vice and the promotion thereof, is rife. It is incumbent upon each parent to educate him/herself as well as their children about Allah Almighty, including His Power and Capabilities, that which brings upon His pleasure or displeasure and those who are His enemy.

Allah Almighty says in Suuratul Fatir:verse 6:

Surely, Shaitan is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his party (followers) that they may become the dwellers of the blazing fire.”  

Allah Almighty our Creator who knows us best has informed us that the enemy, shaitaan wants to derail us from our path towards paradise. Shaitaan and his helpers from among man and jinn try all ways to distract us from remembering Allah. Allah Almighty who is All Knowledgeable of the plots of shaitaan has taught us many duas via the Messenger of Allah(PBUH). In this way we can easily be protected and continue to live our lives calling on none other than Allah Almighty for any assistance whatsoever.

 Below are some of the duas taught to us by the Messenger of Allah (PBUH)

The Prophet(PBUH) said: “Nothing can harm a person who makes this supplication in the morning of every day and in the evening of every day three times each”

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَىْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

Translation: In the name of Allah with whose name nothing on earth or in heaven can cause any harm, He is All-Hearing, All Seeing! (Narrated by Tirmithi 3399)

The Prophet(PBUH) said : "Should I inform you of the best refuge which the person who seeks refuge takes?" He [the companion] said: ‘Of course O Messenger of Allah.’ He (PBUH) said: "Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of Daybreak,’ [Suraatul Falaq] and ‘Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind.’ [Suratun Naas].

"Whenever the Prophet(PBUH) went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surah al-Ikhlas, Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Nas, and then rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to reach, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times. (Sahih al-Bukhari Vol.6 Bk.6 No.536)

The Prophet(PBUH) said: “Do not make your houses like graves, for the Shaitaan runs away from a house in which Surah al-Baqarah is recited.”(Narrated by Muslim, 780)

And Allah knows best