The use of taweez, also known as amulets or talismans, is a common practice in many cultures and religions, including Islam. Taweez are believed to bring protection, good luck, and success, and can be made from various materials, including paper, leather, or cloth. They can contain prayers, verses from religious texts, or symbols that are believed to have spiritual significance.
In Islam, the use of taweez is a controversial topic, with some believing that it is acceptable and others believing that it is not in line with Islamic beliefs. This is due to differences in interpretation of Islamic teachings and varying opinions on the matter.
On one hand, some Muslims believe that taweez are acceptable in Islam as long as they contain verses from the Quran or names of Allah. These taweez are thought to bring protection and blessings, and are often worn by individuals for spiritual protection or to ward off negative energy.
On the other hand, other Muslims believe that taweez are not acceptable in Islam because they are considered a form of magic, which is strictly prohibited in the religion. This belief is based on the Islamic principle that Allah is the only source of power and protection, and that seeking help from anything or anyone else is considered shirk (the act of associating partners with Allah). It's important to note that the use of taweez is not mentioned in the Quran or the Hadiths (collections of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ), and there is no clear consensus on its acceptability in Islam. As a result, opinions on the matter vary widely within the Muslim community.
The Quran mentions the use of certain objects or actions as a means of seeking protection or blessings, such as the use of surah (chapters) of the Quran as a means of protection or the repetition of certain verses or prayers. However, these practices are encouraged only if they are done with the intention of seeking the help and protection of Allah and not for the sake of the objects themselves. It is widely agreed upon that if the taweez contains verses from the Quran or the name of Allah, it should be treated with respect and not worn as a decorative item. If the taweez contains any other material that goes against Islamic teachings or values, it is considered haram (forbidden) and should not be used.
Another type of controversial symbol that is sometimes found in Islamic taweez is planetary symbols. These symbols are associated with the seven classical planets in astrology: the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Each planet is associated with specific traits and is believed to have a unique influence on an individual's life. In Islam, the belief is that Allah is the only source of power and protection, and that seeking help from anything or anyone else is considered shirk (the act of associating partners with Allah), which is strictly prohibited in the religion. It is also important to note that astrology is not considered a science in Islam, and its beliefs and practices are not in line with Islamic beliefs. The Quran states that the knowledge of the unseen belongs to Allah alone, and that seeking knowledge or guidance from anything or anyone other than Allah is considered shirk.
Taweez may also contain spells or incantations that are believed to have the power to control or banish djinn. These practices are not in line with Islamic beliefs, as they involve seeking help from something other than Allah, and can be considered a form of magic or sorcery, which are strictly prohibited in Islam.
One controversial Christian symbol that is sometimes found in Islamic taweez is the cross. The cross is a central symbol in Christianity and represents the crucifixion of Jesus, the son of God according to Christian beliefs. In Islam, the belief is that there is no son of God, and that Jesus is a prophet, but not the son of God. The use of the cross in taweez can be seen as a rejection of Islamic beliefs and an embrace of Christian beliefs. Another controversial Christian symbol that is sometimes found in Islamic taweez is the use of the name of Jesus. The use of the name of Jesus in taweez can be seen as a form of shirk (the act of associating partners with Allah), which is strictly prohibited in Islam. In addition taweez may also contain prayers or verses from the Bible.
Some taweez contain symbols or materials that are associated with Hinduism, which can be controversial. One controversial Hindu symbol that is sometimes found is the OM symbol. The OM symbol is a sacred syllable in Hinduism, and is considered the sound of creation. In Hinduism, the OM symbol is used as a spiritual icon and is considered to bring peace, happiness, and success. However, in Islam, the use of OM symbol can be seen as a rejection of Islamic beliefs and an embrace of Hindu beliefs. Another Hindu symbol is the use of Hindu gods and goddesses. In Hinduism, gods and goddesses are worshipped as divine beings, and each one is associated with specific qualities and powers. The use of Hindu gods and goddesses in taweez can be seen as a form of shirk (the act of associating partners with Allah). Taweez may also contain prayers or verses from Hindu scriptures, which are considered sacred in Hinduism. The use of these prayers or verses can be seen as a rejection of Islamic beliefs and an embrace of Hindu beliefs.
In conclusion while some believe that taweez are acceptable as long as they contain verses from the Quran or the name of Allah, others believe that they are not in line with Islamic beliefs and are considered a form of magic. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to make their own decision on the matter, taking into consideration their personal beliefs and values, as well as the teachings of Islam.
Author: Salam Burdu
Salam Burdu is an Islamic scholar and lecturer from Pakistan who is known for his expertise in the field of Islamic spiritual healing and protection. He is particularly known for his research and writings on kala jadoo and its effects, as well as for his advice on how to protect oneself from it.