When the severed head of a wolf wrapped in women’s lingerie turned up near the city of Tabouk this week, the Anti-witchcraft Unit was on the case.
Agents of the Unit were quickly dispatched and set about trying to break the spell that used the beast’s head.
Saudi Arabia takes witchcraft so seriously that it has banned the Harry Potter series, rife with tales of sorcery and magic.
The Anti-Witchcraft Unit was set up in May 2009 and placed under the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPV), Saudi Arabia’s religious police.
“In accordance with our Islamic tradition we believe that magic really exists,” Abdullah Jaber, a political cartoonist at the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah, told The Media Line.
“The fact that an official body, subordinate to the Saudi Ministry of Interior, has a unit to combat sorcery proves that the government recognizes this, like Muslims worldwide.”
The unit is charged with apprehending sorcerers and reversing the detrimental effects of their spells.
The CPV encourages citizens across the kingdom to report cases of sorcery to local officials for immediate treatment.
In the case of the wolf’s head, the Anti-Witchcraft Unit in Tabouk was able to break the spell. The Saudi daily Okaz reported on Monday that the unknown family that had fallen victim to the spell had been “liberated from the jaws of the wolf.”
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