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Qatar Arrests Three for Sorcery

From today’s Gulf Times

Three sorcerers, who were preying mainly on women, were arrested by the preventive security department, a statement issued by the public relations department at the ministry of interior said yesterday.

The accused, who are from an Arab country, confessed that they were practising sorcery in some Gulf states before coming to Qatar and that most of their victims were women and girls, the statement added.

A number of books, amulets, local and foreign currency were seized from the suspects who were staying at a hotel.

Lieutenant Colonel Manahi Khaled al-Hajiri, the head of the preventive security department urged the public to be cautious and report any suspicious acts to the police on: 4471444, 4947888 or send an SMS to 92994 or e-mail:

I don’t believe in sorcery. The thought of it, to me, is just laughable. I can only imagine that the women these guys were preying on must have been desperate, and I can only try to imagine what their issues are – a straying husband? casting a love spell? some troublesome neighbor? wanting a baby?

My religion forbids us to have anything to do with sorcery – even fortune telling. I am guessing in the US people could be arrested for fraud, unless they could prove that their ‘sorcery’ worked, but I don’t know that practicing sorcery as such is against the law. So I have to wonder about all those women on late night TV who you can call and they will tell your fortune? That’s legal?

January 28, 2010 - Posted by | Crime, Cross Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Spiritual


  1. I guess the psychics you call up are just like horoscopes… people are free to believe them or not yet no one in their right mind or state should…

    However, i do believe sorcery does work as it is mentioned in the Qur2an, but it won’t harm anyone unless god himself allows that harm to be delivered… it has no power over gods will… sorcery is not that different from a very advanced form of science but the method to using and gaining that knowledge is what is forbidden… if a man from a 1000 years back comes to our modern day life and see me writing a comment on a post you wrote rather than using parchments and pigeons and seals and messengers… i bet he would scream his head off…

    bottom line is… it is a forbidden practice, in more that one different religion, why would anyone paddle with the dark arts is beyond me… don’t they get afraid?!

    Comment by danderma | January 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Good points, Danderma. Yes, technology today would look like sorcery to a man from 1000 years ago. Imagine what he would think of cell phones and wireless! You made a good point. And I also agree – why on earth would anyone dabble with the dark arts at such a high cost – like your soul???

      Comment by intlxpatr | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. There are lots of troubles with women in any societies. One of my best girl friends started her psychological consulting work, and she told me all kinds of bitter stories that women could not share with anyone else. The troubles could range widely from drug & alcohol abuse (well this might not happen in an Arabic country), physical or oral abuse from their husbands, step fathers, immigration sponsors, and so on so forth. Some women have developed depression and anxiety etc. These backgrounds drive the women to share their bitterness and suffering with strangers instead of their relatives, at least in my city…If there is not enough funding from the provincial or municipal government, these non-profitable organization that help women will not exist. The women would turn to whoever they can crab on the street for help. 2 cents of thought.

    Comment by Polar Panda | January 29, 2010 | Reply

    • You are right, Polar Panda, and there are not a lot of counseling resources available in many cultures, and it is also still considered not-quite-right to air your problems, too. IF you play by those rules you are doubly the victim. But sorcery . . . it makes me shudder.

      Comment by intlxpatr | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. people are always looking for a shortcut to a miracle to deal with life problems

    Comment by Jewaira | January 29, 2010 | Reply

    • LOL, couldn’t we all use a shortcut or two to deal with our problems?!

      Comment by intlxpatr | January 29, 2010 | Reply

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