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30. Charms

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It’s natural for human beings to want to protect from evil, and bring good.Faith in charms and amulets contradict Tawheed arRuboobiyyah, because one belives these created objects have the power to avert evil or bring good. Such beliefs, in fact, provide the ideological basis for idol worship in most pagan societies and the charms themselves represent a branch of idolatry.

This relationship can be easily seen in the Catholic branch of Christianity, wherein, Prophet Jesus is deified, his mother Mary and Saints are worshipped; and pictures, statues and medallions with their imagined likenesses are kept (in cars, homes etc) and worn for good fortune. Many Muslims use Quranic charms (micro Quran, a few verses on some plates etc) to protect their homes from evil, but Prophet or his companions didn’t use Quran this way. These are absolutely forbidden beliefs. Need Proof?

‘Imrann ibn Husayn reported that when the Prophet (PBUH) saw a brass bangle on a man’s upper arm, he said to him, “Woe be on you! What is this?” The man replied that it was to protect him from a sickness called al-Waahinah (Lit. weakness – possibly referring to Arthritis). The Prophet then said, “Cast it off, for verily it would only increase your weakness. And, if you died with it on, you would never succeed.” (Collected by Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and Ibn Hibbaan.)

Thus, the wearing of copper, brass or iron bracelets, bangles, and rings by the sick or the healthy in the belief that they will avert or cure sicknesses is strictly forbidden. Such practices with Haraam (forbidden) cures about which the Prophet (PBUH) had said, “Treat each other’s sicknesses, but do not treat sicknesses with forbidden things.” (Collected by Abu Daawood)

Abu Waaqid al-Laythee also reported that when Allah’s messenger (PBUH) set out for Hunayn, they passed by a tree called Dhaatu Anwaar (Lit. ‘That which has things hanging on it’). The idolaters used to hang their weapons on its branches for good fortune. Some of the Sahaabah who were new in Islam asked the Prophet (PBUH) to designate a similar tree for them. The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Subhaanallah! This is just like what Moses’ people said to him; ‘Make a god for us just like their gods!’ (Quran: Al-Araaf 7:138). By the One in whose hand rests my soul, all of you will follow the path of those before you.” (Collected by at-Tirmidhee, an Nasaa’ee and Ahmad)

Prophet tells them that seeking good fortune was the practice of Jews and Christians

Talisman: a small object, such as a stone, supposed to have magic powers to protect its owner from evil, bring good luck or work magic

‘Uqbah ibn Aamir reported that when a group of ten men came to the Prophet (PBUH) he only accepted the oath of allegiance from nine. They asked, “O Messenger of Allah, why did you take the covenant from nine of us and refuse this man?” The Prophet (PBUH) answered, “Verily he has a talisman on him.” The man then put his hand in his clock, pulled out the talisman and broke it. When the Prophet (PBUH) finished taking the oath from him he turned and said; “Whoever wears a talisman has committed Shirk!”‘ (Collected by at-Tirmidhee and Ahmad)

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Written by S Ibrahim

Feb 10, 2010 at 12:20 am

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