Saudi Police Trained to Find Witches

Saudi Arabia’s influential religious police have started training its new members on how to fight magic and arrest those involved in black art in the Gulf Kingdom, according to the Emirates 24/7 news service.

Thirty members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have completed a five-day course on combating magic at the Commission’s headquarters in the capital Riyadh.

The course covered theoretical and practical lessons on how to deal with magic, destroy black art work and identify magicians and sorcerers.





Magic is strictly banned in conservative Muslim Saudi Arabia, where those convicted for involvement in sorcery have been executed.


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6 Comments

  1. That’s funny…..About 400 years ago we were burning witches at the stake. I’m impressed to see that Saudi Arabia hasn’t advanced much in that time.

    1. Being a bit of a sorcerer myself, driving up the large hill between Jeddah and Taif, ( Summer resting place of their Royal family when Riyadh gets a bit warm) I managed to smuggle about 8 gallons of Saddiqui (distilled liquor) in the boot of an old car. Got stopped, and the liquor was in a bladder, fortunately the old banger I was driving overheated, so I protested when I was told to turn the engine off. ‘What is this’? They asked me when they opened the boot. Fortunately they understood a little English, I tod them water for my overheating vehicle. The ‘Sid’, Saddiqui, was in a large plastic bladder, which was duly opened, and the inspector stuck his finger in and tasted it. As luck would have it, it’s heavier than water, so all he tasted was water. I pretended high dudgeon, and insisted that they gave my car a push start, uphill of course, if your luck is in, ride it. True story, 1984, and I occasionally wake up sweating. Do I feel guilty, not at all.

  2. It seems then that it’s not a recommended place to visit for guys like David Copperfield.
    I’m curious what could they teach during that five-day course. 😀

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