Friday, November 20, 2009

Naimat Ullah Shah Wali's Prophecies in Urdu

Author: Zaid Hamid

Here is the discrepancy I noted:

Try to read the book in full. Otherwise, take note that on Page: 13, verse numbers 1 and 2. The word "Japan" has been used in the original farsi script, supposedly, written by Naimat Ullah Shah Wali himself.

  • According to the etymology of the word 'Japan', It became known to the world (outside Nippon) for the first time in 1565AD [Reference]
  • Naimat Ullah Shah Wali died in 1431AD, year of birth is unknown. [Reference]

How could he use the word in his poetry that was not even invented at that time?

Similarly, check page 5, verses 1-3: The actual names of Mogul emprors (Shahjahan, Alamgeer, Akbar, Humayun) have been used in the farsi script whereas these emprors ruled India after 1530AD. How did he know the exact names of people who were not even born at the time the poetry was being written.

Some of you might argue that it was the extremely high caliber of his prophecies that he could even predict the names of people and places. However, I think, Allah has not granted the ability to predict future so accurately, even to his last prophet (PBUH).

Secondly, the translation does not seem to be very objective. Check the following examples:

  • Page 17, verse 1: The author is interpreting the meaning of prophesied traitors to be Sheikh Mujeeb and Indra Gandhi.
  • Page 26, verse 2: The author thinks (and narrates it in the translation) that the person who will accept Islam will be 'Gandhi'. (I found it funny)
The purpose of this post is to simply point out an observation. I am not drawing an conclusions based on this. Please feel free to correct and criticize.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Love u Nawaz Sharif

If it is a woman driving the car, i think sharif's hair transplantation exercise worked very well .. and if it is a guy, i think it makes sense why the government doesnt let him enter pakistan :). I have no clue what has Geo got to do with it.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cold reading - demonstrated

A must watch! This is a classic demonstration (by Derren Brown) of the effectiveness of the Cold reading technique. I talked about this technique in my earlier post.

Derren hands out individual personal analysis of various people from different cultural origins based on their hand print and birth dates. Everyone is amazed at the accuracy of this analysis and the last part of the video explains how it was done. This will fix your concepts about horoscopes et al.


If you like this one, go to this page at youtube where you will find hundreds of video clips by Derren. Every single one of them is an eye opener. Read more about Derren at the Wikipedia article.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Here you will find videos with Derren Brown performing and explaining the psychic phenomenon. You will notice if our mind can perceive things like he explains, many other things that we consider paranormal, are nothing more than an illusion.


Trains of thought

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Paranormal phenomena - mind reading, fortune telling

How often do we indulge in a friendly discussion about the super natural phenomena that ends up in a louder than gentle argument? With me, it happens a lot. The other day I was dining out with a few friends and we started talking about Numerology. I was arguing against the possibility of it being a true science. Since my arguments were lacking proper references and the work that has already been done in proving or disproving it as a science, therefore, soon it turned into a not-so-pleasant debate. So I decided to look up for some existing material specifically on Numerology and psychic sciences in general. Here are my findings.

All the famous methods of mind reading or fortune telling (e.g. Palmistry, Astrology, Numerology) are based upon a psychological phenomenon called "Cold reading".

Cold reading is a technique used to convince another person that the reader knows much more about a subject than they actually do. Even without prior knowledge of a person, a practiced cold reader can still quickly obtain a great deal of information about the subject by carefully analyzing the person's body language, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, level of education, manner of speech, place of origin, etc.

The most commonly seen Cold reading technique is called "Forer effect". The Forer effect refers to the tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though the statements could apply to many people. As an example, take a look at the following statements

"You have a very sensitive personality, although you tend to hide it most of the times"
"I sense that you are sometimes insecure, especially with people you don't know very well."
"Most of the time you are positive and cheerful, but there has been a time in the past where you were very upset."

The following article is an eye opener. Read it in detail and evaluate.

Cold reading has some standard and famous techniques that people have used and mastered over time and we see them practicing those as magicians, psychics, palmists, astrologists, mind readers and what not. The link below will tell you about Darren Brown who is a famous psychic and has done several TV shows exhibiting many of the psychic phenomena. The only difference is that he has an open and honest approach to what he does. He cheerfully reveals that he can't read people's minds or commune with the afterlife - his skill is to make it look like he can.

Here is an interesting and worth reading interview of Derren Brown.

Wikipedia article about Darren

Here you can find some famous techniques of Cold reading

Million dollar paranormal challenge
James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is an organization dedicated to falsify claims of paranormals. They have done some good research in the area which is available on their website

At JREF, we offer a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. The JREF does not involve itself in the testing procedure, other than helping to design the protocol and approving the conditions under which a test will take place. All tests are designed with the participation and approval of the applicant. In most cases, the applicant will be asked to perform a relatively simple preliminary test of the claim, which if successful, will be followed by the formal test. Preliminary tests are usually conducted by associates of the JREF at the site where the applicant lives. Upon success in the preliminary testing process, the "applicant" becomes a "claimant." To date no one has passed the preliminary test.

The list of applicants and the application forms and other details can be downloaded from this link

We humans have a tendency to believe in the super natural. I cannot point out any specific reason for this tendency but it does exist in us. Look around, you will notice more than 80% of the people completely or partially believing in such stuff. Be it in the form of mind reading, horoscope, Palmistry or professionals like Aamil Babas tricking the innocent minds of our people.

Being part of an educated and rational community, it is our responsibility to deny all such claims and confront them with reason.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Deadly cellphones in Pakistan

A recent rumor about a cellphone virus causing deaths has caused panic in Pakistan. Here is my analysis of the news

Yesterday, I tried calling my car mechanic on his cell phone and he did not pick up the call. I went to the workshop and inquired the reason. He told me that he didn't want to die at this (young) age. He told me a story that his neighbor made this mistake of receiving a phone call on the cell phone and the next moment he had a broken leg. Wow! I was amazed at such a daring exhibit of absurdness.

It forced me to dig further on the subject so I had a chat with a number of people that were completely or partially advocating the idea. People have come up with various scientific explanations of the situation. Here are the most popular ones

Computer virus

Some people think, this is a computer virus (a software program) that is transmitted to your cell phone during a voice call. After being downloaded, it forces your phone to generate a strange sound that damages your braincells, resulting in a bleeding ear or a (this is funny) broken leg and an eventual death.

If it is a computer virus, we are talking about a cross hardware, cross operating system software program. That means the same software program that can be downloaded and executed on a Nokia NSeries mobile phone can be downloaded and run on a Samsung E600 (both having entirely different microprocessors and operating systems) and on any other mobile phone in the world. This is nothing short of a miracle to achieve. I am sure my fellow computer scientists would agree. Even if we assume it to be true true that a real cross-platform software program for cell phones can be made, which is being transmitted via a GSM voice call. What-the ?? Come again! a GSM voice call? So here is the catch my fellow readers:

GSM is a very nice and practical protocol for the cellular phone community. It has two basic services Voice and Data transmission. Read the referenced Wikipedia article and you will notice that Voice service (the active service when you are making or receiving a phone call) cannot be used to transfer and download digital data to your cell phone. You need to use the Data transmission service (SMS, GPRS, etc.) to be able to transfer data (or a software program on a cell phone). Whereas, in our case, people are said to be dying after picking up a Voice call. Doesn't it explain anything?

Biological virus

Some say this is actually a biological virus that is transmitted over the cellular phone signals (GSM signal).

To my utmost disappointment, I have seen a few telecom engineers giving this explanation, what could be worse than that?
A biological virus is a chemical (DNA or RNA) structure, that means a set of molecules!! Are we trying to say that matter is being transmitted via electromagnetic waves and then entering your ear? I am sure Einstein and many other scientists are really upset in their graves as we speak of this idiocy.

How it started

I have a very strong feeling that somebody read Stephen King's bestseller "Cell" and then played a prank with someone who hadn't read the novel. I think it turned out that most of the people in our country hadn't read the piece of fiction and it was so easy to be fool them. Just like that, things started falling into place and we have this situation at hand.

My wife works in a Government hospital of Lahore. She and a few fellow doctors came across an interesting case in the Emergency ward. An unconscious patient was brought in with his attendants telling the Doctors that he received a strange phone call on his cell phone and fell unconscious immediately after that. It must have been the deadly virus that killed our dear friend. The doctors checked his vital signs and blood pressure. Everything appeared to be normal. None of the signs suggested any abnormality in his physical conditions. It was almost certain that he was only pretending to be unconscious. So they decided to 'electrocute' him. A little spark near the left ribs and he woke up like a light bulb, walking back home the next minute. Obviously, it matters how our mind is treating a certain rumor. Human psychology is an amazing thing, it has the potential of letting you believe and (even) feel something that is not happening in the reality.

Below are a few interesting reads on the subject.

The present rumor in Pakistan has caught almost everyone's attention in the world. Here is an interesting news article on this subject. (The world is laughing at us):

You probably already know that you can pick up bad germs from sitting on a toilet seat in a public restroom - but did you also know that deadly viruses can be transmitted into your body through your cell phone?


The first ever mobile phone virus rumor was something like this: Mobile Phone virus (aka ACE-? and UNAVAILABLE)

Here are a few equally funny hoaxes from the past

and another one

It is obvious that some culprits have always been trying to exploit the ignorance of a common man. No doubt, it would be great fun to start a prank that eventually hits all the TV channels and newspapers of the World but is it really worth that much of a damage?