Washing hands after Qur’aan recitation

Question: After reciting the Glorious Qur’aan, is it permissible to go directly to the bathroom or should we wash our hands first before entering the bathroom? It is worth mentioning that the water drained from the washbowl and the bathroom is carried off into the same sewer.

Answer: It is not legally required to wash hands after reciting the Qur’aan, or in the washbowl or the bathroom… read more here.

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Ruling on writing Aayaat on a paper and putting it in water then drinking it to facilitate memorizing Qur’aan

Question: Some people of different nationalities in Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) write down Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a paper, put it in water, and then drink it to facilitate memorizing Qur’aan. They claim that this helps them to easily memorize the Qur’aan; however, we do not know whether this is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) or not? What is the Islaamic ruling on this?

Answer: This act is an act of Bid`ah… read more here.

Talking to the dead

Question: I read in some of the books written by Shaykh Al-Islaam about talking to the dead. He said that it is Satan who comes out of the grave and talks to those who have come to him, and some other related things. Does the story of Mutarrif, which was mentioned by Ibn Al-Qayyim, belong to this category? Is there a limit for talking to the dead, if in fact it is Shaytaan who responds?

Answer: The souls of the dead approaching their graves on Thursday night or Friday morning, recognizing those who visit or pass them and greet them more clearly than other times, and meeting of the living with the dead on this day are all matters that belong to the Ghayb (Unseen), which is known exclusively by Allaah and therefore can only be known about through a revelation from Him to one of his prophets… read more here.

Using jinn and conjuring them by means of supplications and charms

Question: What is the phenomenon of conjuration, which is belief in the possibility of conjuring the spirit of a dead person through a medium? What is the attitude of Islaam toward this phenomenon? Is it a true phenomenon? Please support your answer with Aayaat, Hadeeths or authentic narrations.

Answer: This phenomenon is the known practice of using a Jinnee (creature created from fire) and conjuring it by means of invocations and charms practiced by a conjurer… read more here.

Going to charlatans for treatment

Question: My father is suffering from a chronic disease, we tried very hard to treat him but it was in vain. When doctors failed to treat him, the family resorted to some charlatans seeking a treatment. I refused and did not let them continue on this track, for I am sure that it is forbidden. I warned them that this is Haraam (prohibited), but they did not consider my warnings. They argued that I know nothing about the matter and that those charlatans are righteous people. They believe that this is religiously lawful. In fact, it was only when I was informed of the way they treat the patient that I became really against their acts. I know that their acts are baseless. Some of their ways are as follows:One of them asked my family to bring my father’s headdress. Thereupon, he described the disease of my father without examining him.

Another charlatan also says on seeing the patient: “O So and So! You have a good horoscope” exactly in this manner. A third one orders the family of the patient to slaughter a black sheep, collect some of its hooves or horns then put them inside the slain sheep and place it in an isolated area where no one can see or reach it. The charlatan also stipulates that the slaughtered animal should be kept out of sight, claiming that the influence of the treatment will be ineffective if anyone sees the slaughtered animal specified for treatment.

There are many other acts that some people believe. Therefore, I am sending my question hoping that you will clarify the ruling on this matter. I hope that Allaah, the Most High, the All-Powerful renders us from those who hear the word (Good advice) and follow the best thereof. And Allaah is the grantor of success.

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to go to charlatans for treatment. The ways of treatment you mentioned are charlatanic and superstitious. Their only aim is to unjustly seize people’s money… read more here.

Sufi Tariqahs and charlatanism

Question: There are many followers of Sufi Tariqahs (orders) these days who perform questionable acts, such as hitting the sick with Al-Shish (a thin iron stick) to cure them, eating glass, and piercing themselves with daggers. What is the legal ruling on these acts, bearing in mind that they claim to be Allaah’s Awliyaa’ (pious people) and consider such acts as Karaamahs (extraordinary events performed by a pious people)?

Answer: These acts are charlatanry or magic, and are used as means to deceive people; they are therefore Haram (prohibited)… read more here.

Consulting charlatans and wearing amulets

Question: A Muslim Arab doctor visited frequently by many people to whom he says: “You should know that recovery is up to Allaah Alone and I am just a reason leading to recovery.” He prescribes permissible medicines to them and some leaves to be soaked in water then drunk or an ointment to be applied. But I was against one of his prescriptions, as he told someone to put a piece of paper inside the skin of a donkey then to use it as an amulet to be protected from the affliction of Umm Al-Sibyaan (a female Jinnee ‘a creature created from fire’). What is your view on this? It should be noted that the piece of paper is hung only during the period of pregnancy then removed.

Answer: Firstly, it is not permissible to go to this man you mentioned because he is a charlatan… read more here.

Confusion between two Ahaadeeth regarding soothsayer and fortuneteller

Question: How can we reconcile the following two Ahaadeeth:

1Whoever visits a fortuneteller (`Arraf), asks him about anything, and believes in their words, their Salaah (Prayer) shall not be accepted for forty days.(Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth)

2- Whoever visits a fortuneteller believing his saying has indeed disbelieved in the revelation sent down to Muhammad. (Related by Aboo Daawood)

Answer: There is no conflict between the two Ahaadeeth. As for the Hadeeth.read more here.

Consulting a person who claims knowledge of Ghayb

Question: On the eighth of Thul-Hijjah 1403 AH, I got married to my maternal cousin. On the first day of Ramadaan 1405 AH, Allah blessed me with a boy whom I called Moosaa. In Sha`baan, 1406 AH my wife miscarried a fetus after the third month.

In Rabee` Al-Awwal, 1407 AH, Allaah caused my son Moosaa to die. After my son Moosaa died, my maternal aunt, who is also my mother-in-law, came to me and said that she had gone to a man who has “knowledge of the book.” That man told my maternal aunt that a female devil is to be blamed for the death of my children, prompted by her envy and grudge of my wife. He further alleged that he could get rid of this female devil.

I did not listen to what she said. Last year, on the third day of Sha`baan, 1407 AH, Allaah blessed me with a daughter whom I called Masturah, but Allaah caused her to die the day she was born. My maternal aunt came again and blamed me for not going to the man she had mentioned before. She, along with my father, insisted that I should go to him. I asked them to wait a little, so that perhaps Allaah would guide me to something better. Praise be to Allaah, I finally decided to write this letter to you, in the hope that Allaah will enable you to advise us on this matter, knowing that it is causing me constant anguish.

Answer: You have done well by refusing to go with your maternal aunt – your mother-in-law – to a man who claims to have “knowledge of the book,” because he is a sorcerer. You have also done well by asking the people of knowledge for the right answer..read more here.

Consulting those who claim to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: What is the ruling on sending a piece of clothing or a shirt to those who claim knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen) to use for determining an ailment and prescribing suitable treatment?

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to consult those who claim knowledge of the Ghayb. It is not permissible to send to them a piece of clothing, a shirt, or anything else. It is also Haraam to believe what they say, according to the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth that have been reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard..read more here.

Breaking spells using the method of numbers

Question: What is the ruling on a person who removes magic spells using numbers such as: 21, 31, 137, 121, 25; he looks at these numbers in a way which, he claims, belongs to Yoonus (Jonah, peace be upon him)? It should be minded that this man does not know how to undo magic. He claims he can conjure spirits, which enables him to know the zodiac of the person before him and whether he has been bewitched. If not, he says to him, “Your zodiac is zero” after having taken the name of the bewitched person and his mother’s as well. Is this practice permissible and attributable to Yoonus (peace be upon him), or is it against the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and have not been reported from the Salaf (righteous predecessors)? What is the ruling on a person who goes to those who claim to remove spells using this way and believes in its validity? Please reply with evidence.

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, such a person is a soothsayer. There is no evidence that this method is attributed to Yoonus (peace be upon him). This is not Islaamically sanctioned and one should not consult these people, rather they must be denounced, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Whoever goes to a diviner and asks him about any matter, his Salaah (prayer) will not be accepted for forty nights. Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated Whoever goes to a soothsayer or a diviner and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad. Narrated by Imaam Ahmad and the Four Compilers of Hadeeth with a Saheeh (authentic) Isnaad (chain of narration).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated Anyone who acquires any knowledge of astrology has acquired a branch of magic. Narrated by Aboo Daawood from Ibn ‘Abbaas with a Saheeh Isnaad..read more here.

Consulting diviners and soothsayers and wearing amulets

Question: Allaah has willed for me to write this message in which I ask for your advice and clarification with regard to an illness called epilepsy.

My mother suffers from this disease. She was possessed at first by Jinn (creatures created from fire). We brought her an Imaam who was able to exorcise Jinn possessing her. Then she suffered from epilepsy for a week. Whenever we brought the Imaam, she would be well. But when he left, she would return to the same suffering. Then she recovered and led a stable life for a period of time. It was not long before she suffered possession again by a female Jinnee (a creature created from fire). She suffered for about the same period of time. We brought the Imaam once again and he expelled the evil spirit. Then, she suffered again. We brought another Imaam who exorcised her again. This continued for a period of time, whenever she would suffer, we would bring someone to treat her.

Once, my mother asked me to bring the Imaam who treated her the first time. This man said that he was told by the female Jinnee that the room is filled with Jinn, so we moved her to another room. Unfortunately, she remained in the same condition. Then, she asked me to take her to some tombs. I did so but she remained in the same state. We took her to one merchant and he gave her some amulets and drugs. He asked her to wear some of the amulets, put the rest in some water before she washes her body therewith, and to take the drugs. There are still some Jinn in the room. I would like to know if doing this is correct or if it contradicts Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). Please guide me to the truth.

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to consult soothsayers and fortune-tellers. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said.. read more here.

Was the Messenger of Allaah afflicted with Sihr?

Question: Was magic worked on the Prophet (peace be upon him) and was he affected by it?

Answer: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) is human. Therefore, it is normal for him to be afflicted by the worldly misfortunes befalling people such as diseases, pain, assault or oppression and other things that are irrelevant to his mission… read more here.

Believing that knot-tying cures diseases

Question: A sister of mine performed Hajj with my father along with some people from our country. On the Day of `Arafah, an Iranian woman brought a silk thread and asked my sister and the women with her saying: Could any one of you who is performing Hajj for the first time tie a knot with that silk thread? The eldest woman among them, who had performed Hajj before, told them to tie the knot for her and they did.

My question is: Is the Hajj of the person who tied the knot valid? The Iranian woman told them that one of her relatives is a sick man who gets cured through this tying of knots. My sister and the women with her felt shy to tell my father as he may have stopped her.

Answer: This is an impermissible deed. If the woman who did so had no knowledge, she would be excused due to her ignorance. But if she knew that it was impermissible for her to do so, she would be a sinner and must repent to Allaah and seek His forgiveness and never do anything like this again… read more here.

Breaking a spell by a counter spell

Question: Many people believe that a man who is under a spell should go to a certain person to break the spell by means of amulets. Amazingly enough, the amulets sometimes work and the spell is broken; what is Your Eminence’s opinion? Also, was the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) really affected by magic?

Answer: Breaking a spell by means of another spell is not permissible. It is not permissible to go to soothsayers or ask them to come to examine a person who has been affected by magic… read more here.

Salaah behind one who swears by other than Allaah and wears amulets

Question: Is it permissible to perform Salaah (prayer) behind a person who swears by anyone other than Allaah, wears amulets and follows a Sufi Shaykh?

Answer: Swearing by anyone other than Allaah may be an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) or Al-Shirk Al-Asghar (minor form of associating others in worship with Allaah) depending on the intention of the person who swears… read more here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Islaamic treatment for the one possessed by Jinn

Question: What does Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prescribe as treatment for a person who is possessed by Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Such a person should be treated by Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) and by repeating Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) which has been authentically narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Charms, amulets, and love-potions

Question: A person applied to Riyadh Principality for a license to sell Ruqyahs (i.e., recitations for healing) and amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaat in the market. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) asked him to obtain a license from the Principality. The Principality has suggested that Your Eminence issue the license after being convinced by the applicant and that you lay down the regulations and the rules which will protect the people from exploitation. We would like to know your opinion in this concern, and the possibility of granting such licenses for those who meet the laid down criteria. Please accept our best regards.

Answer: A Fatwaa (legal opinion by a qualified Muslim scholar) has already been issued regarding the ruling on writing Qur’aan or Prophetic supplications on paper or on a plate, then wiping it with water for the patient to drink as a cure… read more here.

Treatment, Ruqyah and amulets using Qur’aan

Question: What is the ruling on treating the sick, making Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) or amulets or charms using the Qur’aan?

Answer: Firstly, It is permissible to treat sick people with the Qur’aan. It was reported in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree that he said… read more here.

A woman wearing a Hirz on her chest when she gets pregnant in order not to miscarry

Question 308: Respected shaykh, I have an aunt, my father’s sister, her problem is that when she starts her pregnancy or even knows of her pregnancy, she wears a Hirz (protective amulet) on her chest, in the shape of a small book covered by a piece of cloth which is closed by stitches. If she happens to remove it or cast it away, she miscarries and the baby comes out as stillbirth.

My question is: What should we do about that? Would you please help us, may Allaah reward you for what you will do for us!

Answer: Wearing such a book on the woman’s chest when she gets pregnant; in order not to miscarry and the belief that if she removes this amulet or casts it away from her chest, she will miscarry, is considered one of the forbidden Shirk-based amulets.

If this woman believes that this amulet, and not Allaah, brings about good or evil, she will be guilty of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) that takes her out of Islaam, may Allaah forbid! Such belief contradicts Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) and Tawakkul (putting one’s trust in Allaah). Good and evil are in the Hands of Allaah Alone…. read more here.

Cutting a fox’s face, skin & ears & hanging them as a Hirz in homes believing that they dispel devils

Question 307: Some people among us, when they find a dead wolf they cut the skin of its face and its ears and hang them as a Hirz (protective amulet) in their homes believing that they dispel devils (evil Satan’s). What is the ruling on such an act?

Answer: Hanging some parts of a wolf and its skin at home or at the doors as Hirz and believing that they dispel devils and prevent Jinn from entering homes is Bid`ah (innovation in religion) and has no origin in the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) of His Messenger (peace be upon him). Believing in these things blemishes the Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) of the Muslim because it is a kind of association with something other than Allaah and an act of seeking refuge with something other than Him. Keeping such things at home and hanging them on doors is, like wearing amulets, an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship); according to what was narrated by`Uqbah ibn `Aamir from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said... read more here.

I have epilepsy, can I wear an amulet, which contains certain words and talismans?

Question 306: I suffer from epilepsy and I visited many physicians but to no avail. I went to a person who gave me an amulet in the form of a piece of paper in which some unintelligible words are written and some lines are drawn. He asked me to wear it. Is this permissible?

Answer: You are not allowed to wear this amulet which was given to you by the person whom you visited to treat you. This is an act of charlatanism and sorcery because it contains lines, talismans and unintelligible words. You have to be treated by lawful Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)... read more here.

What is the ruling on carrying amulets or let people carry them?

Question 305: What is the opinion of Islaam on carrying amulets and saying charms?

Answer: It is not permissible to carry amulets or let people put them on; as the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited us to do this saying, If one ties an amulet, Allaah will not accomplish his affairs for him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also says, [Illegal] Ruqyah, amulets and love-potions are acts of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). The Ruqyah here means: All words that are not from Qur’aan and Sharee`ah-based supplications. Concerning Ruqyahs with (verses from) Qur’aan and Sharee`ah-based supplications, which are recited on the patient; they are permissible as the Prophet (peace be upon him) says, There is no harm in Ruqyah as long as it does not include Shirk. Amulets are: things carried or tied in order to get rid of the evil eye and relieve or get rid of affliction... read more here.

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.