Making unlawful Thikr a means of protection

Question: Dear Shaykh, a sheet of paper was thrown onto the road, and I wanted to remove it but I checked it first to know whether it contained Qur’aan. Please give me a detailed explanation for the content of that paper and tell me if it is lawful or not?

The paper read: “This should be engraved in a golden ring, perfumed with aloes (wood) and ambergris and worn in a state of full purification. Then, Allaah’s Names ”Alee ‘Atheem (the Most High, the Most Great) should be mentioned 1130 times after every obligatory Salaah (Prayer) for one week starting from Fajr (Dawn) Prayer of the first Friday of the month and ending on Thursday after `Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer. Thereupon, the Two Names should be mentioned after every obligatory Salaah as much as you can. This will uncover for you wonderful and invaluable secrets that should not be enclosed to anybody, including your son, lest they are misused to harm the servants of Allaah.”

Answer: It is not permissible to do any of what is mentioned in the question or to use it as a charm or an amulet… read more here.

Wearing amulets containing Aayaat and other writings

Question: Does wearing amulets containing Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and other writings make someone a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: There are two types of amulets that people wear… read more here.

Eating animals slaughtered by one who observes the pillars of Islaam but wears amulets

Question: Is it permissible to eat from the meat of the animals slaughtered by those who testify that Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah), perform Salaahs (Prayers), pay Zakaah (obligatory charity) and perform Hajj (Pilgrimage) but wear amulets with or without Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses)?

Answer: If the amulets contain Qur’aan or some of the Names and Attributes of Allaah, then it is permissible to eat from the meat of the animals slaughtered by those who wear them… read more here.

Hanging a piece of metal as a charm to bring about benefit or prevent evil

Question: When a woman gives birth to a baby, she would hang a metal rod for forty days thinking that this piece of metal will protect her from Jinn (creatures created from fire). Women believe that this metal will benefit them rather than Allaah Who has created them. I had a debate with my mother and wife about this. What is your advice to my mother and wife? I hope that your advice will solve this common problem among the tribes of Zefar.

Thus, please advise the Muslim women who think that this piece of metal can bring benefit or cause harm. Advise me in this regard in detail please, so I can invite people to adhere to the right path!

Likewise, a circumcised boy stays for forty days without Sawm (Fast) or Salaah (Prayer) wearing that piece of metal. I need advice based on religious evidence as soon as possible. May Allaah reward you with the best for the efforts you exert for Islaam and Muslims.

Answer: Among the kinds of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that takes a person out of the fold of Islaam is the act of hanging a piece of metal by a woman during the postpartum period or by a circumcised person as a charm to bring benefit or prevent evil… read more here.

Using a chain for self-protection, marketing, and as a marriage gift

Question: Is it permissible to wear a chain for self-protection, or use it for marketing commodities, or to present it to a girl as an offer of marriage?

Answer: Firstly, it is impermissible to use a chain as an amulet to protect oneself or to market commodities and the hypocrisy practiced in such marketing… read more here.

Ruling on “Hijaab Al-Hisn Al-Hasin” (the Amulet of the complete protection)

Question: Someone enquires about a paper that they attached to their letter. They say that this paper contains some superstitions, forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), and some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses). They mention that people rush to make copies of that paper and have false beliefs in it. The paper is sent to us in order to reveal its falsehood and publish its refutation among people in a suitable way.

Answer: This paper contains some Aayaat and Suwar (Qur’aanic chapters)… read more here.

Ruling on offering Salaah while wearing amulets

Question: Is it permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) while wearing amulets or not?

Answer: Scholars have unanimously agreed on the prohibition of wearing amulets if they contain anything other than Qur’aan, but there is disagreement about when Aayaat of the Qur’aan are inscribed on them… read more here.

Salaah behind someone who makes amulets containing Aayaat or Du`aa’

Question: Is it permissible to perform Salaah (prayer) behind an Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) who writes amulets?

I must say that this man does not write these amulets for magic purposes, but for little affairs like headaches, getting newborns to nurse…Etc. Please clarify this matter to me, especially that some scholars say that he is considered a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship), and therefore it is not permissible to perform Salaah behind him.

Answer: It is permissible to perform Salaah behind one who makes amulets with Aayaat of the Qur’aan or prescribed supplications… read more here.

Putting a piece of cloth, leather, or the abdomen of a baby

Question: Is it permissible to place a piece of cloth, leather, or something similar on the abdomen of a suckling child or an adult? This is a common practice in the southern region. Please advise me regarding this!

Answer: If this piece of cloth or leather is used as an amulet to bring benefit or repel harm, this is Haraam (prohibited)… read more here.

Ruling on writing amulets for the treatment of sick people

Question: A man wrote only some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a piece of paper for a sick person and told him: “When you return home, hammer a nail into every word of these Aayaat as Alif-Laaam-Meeem. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’aan and none but Allaah (Alone) knows their meanings.] This is the Book (the Qur’aan), whereof there is no doubt He pronounces some words upon the letter “A” (Alif) and then hammers it with a nail and so on. Then, he conceals this paper for ten or fifteen days. Is this a kind of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)? Is this considered a kind of amulet? Is it permissible to do so?

Answer: It is not permissible to do this as it is one kind of amulets that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade… read more here.

Receiving fees for making Amulets

Question: A person wrote amulets to another in return for a fee, but the latter learned afterward that wearing amulets is impermissible in Islaam. Should he pay to the writer of these amulets his fees or not?

Answer: It is prohibited to wear amulets whether it contains Qur’aanic Aayaat (verses) or any other… read more here.

Istighfaar and Du`aa’ for a person who used to invoke the dead

Question: My Qur’aan teacher and my mother’s great-grandfather died. They used to inscribe Aayaat of the Qur’aan on rings and give them to people. Before their death they urged me to continue reciting the Qur’aan. I continued to do so until my Lord made me understand Tawheed (monotheism) which made me realize that they did something wrong. Can I supplicate to Allaah to have mercy upon them and forgive them? Peace, mercy and blessings of Allaah be upon you!

Answer: Writing Aayaat of the Qur’aan to be worn as amulets is impermissible, as is wearing them for protection, healing, or repelling harm, according to the most correct scholarly opinion… read more here.

Wearing Amulets containing Aayaat, Hadeeth, or strange words

Question: Is it permissible for a sick person to wear an amulet which contains Du`aa’s (supplications) reported by the Prophet, some noble Aayaat (Qur`aanic verses), phrases of making Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah through a means) by Awliyaa’ (pious people), Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) and righteous people or something of the sort which contains strange non-Arabic words or star drawings or bears the names of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for the purpose of averting harm or bringing benefit. I also want to tell you that my mother is used to going to soothsayers who design these articles. They tell her that the whole family is bewitched but we do not obey her or believe what she says. She may mix the medicine they give her with our food and drink. She may also put the amulets in our clothes without our knowledge. When we found amulets with our names written on them, we disapproved of it but she did not care.

Answer: It is unlawful to write anything other than the Qur’aan and Allaah’s Names on a paper or on anything else to be hung around a diseased person’s neck, children, or animals to gain recovery or protection from diseases, evil, or envy… read more here.

Wearing Amulets bearing some Aayaat and Allaah’s Magnificent Names

Question: What is the ruling on those who practice enchantment? I mean those who write some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of the Glorious Qur’aan and Allaah’s Most Beautiful Names in amulets and sell them to people telling them they will protect them. Also, when a child is born or experiences an ailment, they write on a paper then hang it around his or her neck or give it to students claiming that it makes them smart and wise especially in our country and in Africa and some Arab countries.

Answer: It is unlawful to write anything other than the Qur’aan and Allaah’s Names on a paper or on anything else to be hung around a diseased person’s neck, children, or animals to gain recovery or protection from diseases, evil, or envy… read more here.

Ruling on Ruqyah and Amulets

Question: What is the ruling on Ruqyah (recitation over the sick for the purposes of healing and protection) and amulets?

Answer: Ruqyah is permissible if it is done with Qur’aan, the Most Beautiful Names of Allaah… read more here.

Reciting some Aayaat on water for the sick and asking them to drink it

Question: Is it permissible to write some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a piece of paper, put it in water and then drink it? Or to put such paper under the pillow, or by the door of the house?

Answer: It is permissible to recite some Aayaat on water for the sick and ask them to drink it, for this is reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Sunan Aboo Daawood, Kitaab Al-Tibb “Chapter on Medicine”… read more here.

Wearing amulets and talismans containing Aayaat

Question: What is your opinion regarding wearing an amulet or a Hijaab (preserver) containing some Aayaat of the Qur’aan? What I mean is: Is it permissible for a Muslim to carry a Hijaab that contains some Aayaat of the Qur’aan or not?

Answer: The Salaf (righteous predecessors) disagreed about the ruling on writing an Aayah of the Qur’aan or the whole Qur’aan and wearing it on the upper arm or elsewhere to protect against feared harm or to remove adversity… read more here.

Wearing amulets bearing some Aayaat

Question: An Imaam (one who leads congregational Salaah) wears amulets on which Qur’aan is written and makes similar ones for others. However, he leads people in Salaah (Prayer). Is it lawful to appoint such a man as an Imaam and pray behind him or not?

Answer: Wearing amulets or other items containing Qur’aanic Aayaat is Haraam (prohibited) according to the more correct of two opinions held by the scholars… read more here.

Writing Aayaat or Du`aa’ Ma’thoor to be hung on the sick seeking recovery

Question: What is the ruling on people who write some of the Aayaat (verses) of the Qur’aan and ask the sick to hang them on their heads or any other part of their bodies claiming that this is a cure while they may or may not charge for this service?

Answer: The proper view is that writing Aayaat of the Qur’aan or any other Du`aa’ Ma’thoor (recorded supplication) and asking the sick to hang them seeking recovery is prohibited. This is due to three reasons… read more here.

Reciting the Qur’aan on some Zamzam water then giving it to someone to drink to fulfill a need

Question: What is the ruling on certain people reciting Qur’aan over Zamzam Water (well that sprung up under the Prophet Isma‘eel when he was a baby, near the Ka‘bah), then giving it to someone to drink in order to be granted specific wishes or for healing?

Answer: It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) drank from Zamzam Water, used to carry it with him, and encouraged people to drink it saying: Zamzam Water is for whatever it is drunk for. On the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaasread more here.

Carrying pocket-sized copies of the Mus-haf for protection against envy or the envious eye

Question: What is the ruling on carrying pocket-sized copies of the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan)for protection against envy or the evil eye on the grounds that they provide protection or prevent harm? What is the ruling if they are put in the car to prevent accidents? The second question is: What is the ruling on wearing an amulet which contains Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of the Qur’aan for protection against envy or the evil eye or for seeking success or recovering from illness or magic spells or other purposes? The third question is: What is the ruling on wearing gold necklaces which contain Ruqyah (a piece of paper with some Qur’aanic verses and supplications written on it) for protection from harm?

Answer: Allaah (Glorified be He) revealed the Qur’aan so that people could practice its recitation as an act of `Ibaadah (worship), contemplate its meaning, know its rulings and thereby act upon them… read more here.

Writing an Aayah and wearing it around the upper arm

Question: What is the ruling on writing an Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) and hanging it around any human part; the upper arm for example, or rinsing this writing with water or the like and then using this water in washing the body? Is this an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or not and is it permissible or not?

Answer: The scholars of Salaf (righteous predecessors) hold different views regarding the ruling on writing an Aayah of the Qur’aan and hanging it or hanging the whole Qur’aan around the upper arm for protection against evil or to ward it off… read more here.