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.

Going to charlatan to use talismans for treatment

Question 360: I got seriously ill and my family members and neighbors collectively concluded that a Qareen (a personal Jinn companion for humans) had possessed me. When I was informed that I must rid myself of this Qareen through incantations and the like, I refused. Actually, I find comfort in reading the Qur’aan and Islaamic-related books and listening to the Hadeeth. I also love Ahl-ul-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family), particularly Al-Husayn and Zaynab and love visiting them. Is this wrong?

Answer:  It is not permissible for Muslims to go to sorcerers, to use talismans, or incantations that involve Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Instead, one should seek treatment through known medicines prescribed by doctors or through Islaamically lawful invocations read by persons who perform Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure). It is not permissible for a Muslim to visit graves and supplicate there. Invoking the dwellers of the graves isa major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). Love of Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) and his household is an act of worship that brings one closer to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) on condition that a Muslim carries out His orders and avoids things He prohibits. It should be noted that women’s visiting of the graves is not permissible according to the preponderant opinion of scholars, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed women who visit graves... 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.