Shirk of Amulets (Taweez)

 

Surah Faatir-35:14.

If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear,

they could not grant it (your request) to you.

And on the Day of Resurrection,

they will disown your worshipping them.

And none can inform you (O Muhammad salalahu alayhi wasalam) like Him Who is

the All-Knower (of each and everything).

 

 

 

What many believe?

Many say that Muslims may seek assistance and protection from amulets (taweez). This taweez may either be worn on the body (around the neck, arm) or pinned to clothing. This is Shirk !

 

 

What does the Quran and Sunnah say?

 

Quran

Surah Faatir 35:14.

If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear,

they could not grant it (your request) to you.

And on the Day of Resurrection,

they will disown your worshipping them.

And none can inform you (O Muhammad salalahu alayhi wasalam) like Him Who is

the All-Knower (of each and everything).

 

Sunnah

‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir reported:

Rasulallah Sallallahu alayhi wasalam, said,

“Whoever hangs an amulet around his neck,

Allah will not fulfill his wishes.

Whoever hangs a seashell as a charm,

Allah will not leave him without penalty. ”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 16951

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Suyuti

 

 

 

It was narrated from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir al-Juhani that

a group came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

[to swear their allegiance (bay’ah) to him].

He accepted the bay’ah of nine of them but not of one of them.

They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you accepted the bay’ah of nine but not of this one.”

He said,He is wearing an amulet.

The man put his hand (in his shirt) and took it off,

then he (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)) accepted his bay’ah.

He said,Whoever wears an amulet has committed shirk.”

Source: Narrated by Ahmad, 16969)

Grade: This hadeeth was classed as Saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 492.

 

 

 

It was narrated from Zaynab the wife of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood from ‘Abd-Allaah that he said:

“I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say,

‘Spells (ruqyah), amulets and love-charms are shirk.

I said, “Why do you say this?

By Allaah, my eye was weeping with a discharge and I kept going to So and so, the Jew, who did a spell for me.

When he did the spell, it calmed down.”

‘Abd-Allaah said: “That was just the work of the Shaytaan who was picking it with his hand,

and when (the Jew) uttered the spell, he stopped.

All you needed to do was to say as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say:

‘Adhhib il-ba’s Rabb al-naas ishfi anta al-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqaman

(Remove the harm, O Lord of mankind, and heal, You are the Healer.

There is no healing but Your healing, a healing which leaves no disease behind.’

Source: Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3883; Ibn Maajah, 3530

Grade: This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 331 and 2972.

 

 

From the verses of Quran and Sunnah we have clarity in understanding;

Reliance should be placed on Allah subhana wa taala alone.

Quran is clear about invoking and calling upon Allah subhana wa taala alone.

Dua may be made in any language and the names of Allah subhana wa taala should be used in invoking and asking Allah subhana wa taala alone.

Further considerations; the Quran has been revealed to be recited, not to be written and then tied onto one’s body. The amulets do not always contain verses or phrases of the Quran, but rather abjad numerology. Divination and numerology is kufr and is not part of Islam.

 

 

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