“Say: ‘have you seen that which you call upon besides Allah? If Allah wanted some harm for me, could they remove His harm, or of He (Allah) wanted some mercy for me, could they withhold His Mercy?” (39:38)
This verse of holy Quran gives us a clear message that the will of ALLAH reigns supreme. Verily this is the true essence of tauheed. Then why does a believer believes that anything other than ALLAH can affect ones life?
The prophet Muhammed pbuh life was always guided by the divine power of Allah SWT regarding what is shirk and what is tauheed. He did not leave even a single stone unturned from stopping the people embracing shrik and made effort to guide them to the bliss of tauheed.
The chapter of shirk runs into many subtopics. It deal with associating partners with almighty, not believing that Muhammed PBUH is His last messenger, slaughtering an animal for other than Allah SWT, worshipping graves, wearing talismans and amulets. Here in this write up I have made an attempt to put forward what the true rulings regarding talismans and amulets are.
Talismans or amulets are nothing but a kind of thick thread worn generally in neck, wrist or ankles. These are generally worn for fulfillment of some wish or to prevent from something that harms.
Prophet said “He who wears an amulet commits Shirk.” (Ahmad, 4/156). He (peace be upon him) further said “Verily, incantations, amulets and Tiwalah are Shirk.” (Abu Dawood, No.3883). Through these traditions we can easily understand that talismans and amulets are nothing but shirk. The traditions are clear. They do not require any high level of understanding. But the most surprising thing that we notice is in spite of all the traditions being so clear still a larger number of Muslims are deeply engrossed into these act of shirk.
Some people say “I hang talismans but I do not envision any of these meanings. I hang it in the car for beauty, or in the house for decoration.” The answer is, it is completely against the ruling of Islam because there is no instance of this from the life of prophet and his companions. Absolutely against the sunnah of prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.s).
The traditions mentioned above clearly state that talismans are shirk. But prophet cursed those who wore talismans He (peace be upon him) said “Who ever hangs a talisman, may Allah SWT not fulfill (his objective) for him” At other instance Imran bin Husayn narrated that the prophet (peace be upon him) saw a man with a brass ring on his hand and he asked him, what is that? The man replied, “It is to protect from Al-Waahinah”. The prophet said “remove it, for verily it will not increase you except in weakness, and verily if you died with it on you, you would never be successful”.
Some scholars have difference of opinion regarding the legality of wearing amulets containing Qur’anic verses. The correct verdict is that they are unlawful, for two reasons:
1. The general prohibition of wearing any kind of amulets according to the Prophetic traditions whether they contain Qur’anic verses or not.
2. Leaving no room for Shirk, for if the amulets containing Qur’anic verses were allowed then they may be confused with other amulets. That will keep the door open to Shirk, and all kinds of amulets would be worn on that ground. It is known that closing the door to things that lead to Shirk and evil deeds is one of the greatest objectives in Islamic jurisprudence. It is Allah alone who grants success. These reasons were given by Shaikh Bin Baaz (former grand mufti of Saudi Arabia).