Question 8: In our country, the following practices are conducted in marriage occasions:
A) Upon bidding the bride farewell, her brother shades her head with a Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan). They claim that this act is not a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) as it involves religious behavior. We disagree with them as we see that the Mus-haf is a book that should be used for worship only.
B) On the wedding day, the groom wears an amulet around his wrist called “Al-Imaam Al-Damin”. This amulet contains some phrases such as “be in Allaah’s trust” and many others. Does this act count as Bidd`ah?
Answer: The practice they conduct with the bride is baseless in Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). With regard to the groom wearing an amulet around his wrist, if the amulet contains a Du`aa’ (supplication) to anyone other than Allaah, it is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.