Questions on the amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaahs and other matters related to the Messenger of Allaah

Question: Is writing amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaahs and other writings to be hung around the neck an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or not?

Answer: It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: (Illegal) Ruqyah (saying some words over the sick seeking healing), amulets, and love charms are Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). (Related by Ahmad, ‘Aboo Daawood, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan, and Al-Haakim who classed it as authentic). A Hadeeth also related by Ahmad, ‘Aboo Ya`laa, and Al-Haakim who classed it as authentic on the authority of `Uqbah ibn `Aamir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If one ties an amulet, Allaah will not accomplish his affairs for him and if one ties a cowrie shell, Allaah will not protect him.” (Imaam Ahmad related this Hadeeth with another chain of narration on the authority of `Uqbah ibn `Aamir in the following wording: “Whoever wears an amulet commits an act of polytheism”. There are many Hadeeths to the same effect. Amulets refer to the objects worn around the necks of children and others to ward off the evil eye or the jinn (creatures created from fire) and the like. Some people call them ‘Hirz’ (protective amulet), others call them ‘Jaami`ah’. Amulets are of two kinds:

First: Some are of the names of Satans, bones, beads, nails, or talismans like the separated letters… read more here.

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