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The Killid Group
Street counsellorWritten by Ahmadullah Chargand
Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:23
Fortune tellers are doing brisk business in Kandahar. They may be reading fortunes or deciphering omens and treating illnesses.
The gullible seem ready to part with large amounts of money on the promise of eternal happiness.
Ali Ahmed from Kandahar province says, "This type of people are in large numbers. They sit on the road. They open a few books in front of them to appear well read. They deceive people this way."
Shahbaz dismisses them as tricksters. "Who knows whether they know something or not? Are they pious?" he asks.
According to Shahbaz, the government should investigate whether in fact they know how to write an amulet or are they only making money out of duping people.
Ahmadaullah Nami lives in Kandahar city. He thinks the number of fortune tellers on the street has increased compared to the past. "All they do is dupe people using different ways." The roadside amulet writers are "very clever in speaking. They use words, and you think they know everything. They try to get the trust of the customer," he says.
Among the many things they claim to be able to do are identify secrets, find lost things, treat every illness, fight off magic and sorcery, bring positive change in people's lives, join two hearts, and solve family problems.
An amulet writer on a road in Kandahar city boasts, "I can provide amulets to counter witchcraft, heal illness, bring love between the husband and the wife. I provide amulets (that cost) from 50 Afs to 10,000 Afs (roughly 200 USD). If it doesn't work you get double the money back!"
Mavlawi Abdul Aziz Tasleemi, a religious scholar, observes, "Most customers (of amulet writers) are women." He claims people who go to fortune tellers will have to wait 40 days before their prayer and worship will be accepted.
Habibullah Ruhanee thinks the whole business of fortune telling is anti-Islamic and anti-religious jurisprudence. This should be prevented. If not it will become a profession, and a business."
Mavlawi Noor Aziz, the head of Hajj and Pious Foundations in Kandahar says it is bad to turn amulet writing into a business. "I will send a letter to the Police Commandant to gather the road side amulet writers."