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.

Digging a grave for anyone who is afflicted with an Evil eye or is incurably ill as a treatment

Question 304: Some people, when they or one of their relatives is afflicted with the evil eye and they despair of treating it, say that they dig a grave for the afflicted person thus he will recover if Allaah wills. Does this have an origin in the Islaamic Law; and if not, is the person who digs the grave for that purpose considered sinful? Would you please give us your opinion, may Allaah reward you!

Answer: Digging a grave to treat a person afflicted with the evil eye has no origin in the Purified Sharee`ah (Islaamic Law); rather it is definitely a superstition that should be abandoned and warned against... read more here.