Amulets

 

To-day we see a lot of Muslims using amulets  ( Tavees ) and hanging it all over their houses, shops, vehicles, and even on their body,  some hang amulets some tie chanted threads around their neck or arm or wrist or leg and sometimes even around their waist etc. etc.  Allah and His Prophet have strictly Prohibited such items to such an extent they have made it not Haram but SHIRK,  a sin far far greater than prostitution, gambling, drinking, and stealing;  for all these sins are haram and if Allah wills they would even be forgiven,  but as for SHIRK Allah says he will never forgive them,  i.e. if in their life time they repent and come out of it Allah will forgive them,  but if they Die believing in these amulets then they have committed a SHIRK and a sin which would make them abide in hell for ever.  Most Muslims especially in Iran, Iraq, India, and Pakistan have succumbed to this habit of hanging amulets on their bodies and in their buildings,  Allah says :

 

If Allah aflicteth thee with some hurt, there is none who can remove it save Him (Allah); and if He desireth good for thee, there is none who can repel His bounty.  He striketh with it whom He will of His bondmen. He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.                                        Al Quran – ( 10 : 107 )

 

 

Mohammed (s.a.w) said : Those who hang (wear) amulets have ascribed partners to Allah (meaning they have committed SHIRK).             
Book: Ahmed

 

 

The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, prohibited the use of amulets. 'Uqbah ibn 'Amir narrates that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "If anyone wears an amulet, may Allah NOT help him in fulfilling his wish. If anyone wears a sea-shell around his neck, may Allah give him no peace." (Narrated by Ahmad and Al-Hakim who consider it a sound hadith)

An amulet (tamimah) is a string of shells or beads that the Arabs used to put around their children ' s necks, believing that it would protect them from the evil eye. Islam abolished this superstitious practice. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, prayed against those who wore an amulet out of superstitious belief.

It is reported from Ibn Mas'ud that "once, when he entered his home, he noticed his wife wearing a knotted object round her neck. He took it away and broke it. Then he remarked: 'The family of 'Abdullah has become so arrogant that they now associate with Allah those for whom He has sent down no authority.' Then, he added: 'I have heard the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, saying: 'Verily, incantations, amulets, and love charms are acts of shirk (associating false gods with Allah).' The people said: 'O Abu Abdullah! We are familiar with incantations and amulets, but what is a love charm (altawlah)'?'He replied: 'It is a sort of magical formula by which women sought to gain their husbands' love'." (Related by Al-Hakim and Ibn Hibban, and both consider it a sahih hadith) 'Imran ibn Hasin reports that "the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, saw a man wearing a bracelet of copper on his arm. The Prophet, peace be upon him, exclaimed to him: 'Woe be to you' What is this? ' The man replied: 'I am suffering from weakness (al-wahinah).' (Al-wahinah is a disease that causes pain in the shoulders and hands. The man was wearing a copper bracelet believing it would relieve his pain and suffering. The Prophet, peace be upon him, prohibited him from wearing it because he regarded it as an amulet) The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: 'It will give you nothing but pain. Throw it away. Had you died while wearing it, you would never have achieved salvation'." (Narrated by Ahmad) 'Isa ibn Hamza said: "I went to see 'Abdullah ibn Hakim and his face was red due to high fever. I said to him: 'Why don't you use an amulet?' He said: 'We seek refuge with Allah from it. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "Whoever wears anything as an amulet will be entrusted to it"."'(will have the same problem or disease for which he/she resort protection) (Abu Daw'u
Fiqh-us-Sunnah  Vol.  4    : 9

 

Please understand that Allah and His Rasool have not prohibited seeing doctors and seeking the help of medicines to cure ailments and diseases,  only one should remember that only Allah can give the power for these medicines to cure our diseases.  Allah and His Rasool have also said that Allah does not introduce a disease without creating the medicines to cure it, so seek these medicines to cure diseases.  One should also remember that hanging the Ayaths of Quran in houses or making amulets of them or chanting them on threads and wearing them to protect themselves from evil or to ward off evil  is also  SHIRK,  but one can hang the Ayaths of Quran on the wall to decorate their houses with the Words of Allah,  and also to remind themselves of reciting the Duwas when seeing them.  The Quran should be read and understood and followed and we could supplicate to Allah to remove all evils from us and others.  But one should not hang them with the belief that they would expel evil, for that too amounts to SHIRK.

 

A good example of this is: if a doctor gives a prescription to cure an ailment,  the patient is supposed to get the medicines and follow instructions to cure himself of the disease;  suppose he makes the prescription into an amulet and hangs it around his body will you not consider him stupid – similarly Allah has given us the Quran to read and understand and follow instructions for all our needs in all walks of life – hanging it as an amulet will not solve any problem, but will only incur the wrath of Allah which would only lead us to our doom. Please remember that every Muslim home has copies of Quran in them – if this can expel evil will there be any evil in Muslim houses?????? So read the Quran and Understand it and follow it and recite the duwas in it and supplicate to Allah to remove evil from our lives,  and do not ever use them as amulets to expel evil which would amount to SHIRK which would nullify all our virtuous acts.

 

May Allah give us Hidayath and  Guide us to salvation. ( ameen ).

 

Wishing you ALL THE VERY BEST
A.H.Nazeer Ahmed