Pendants with Qur'an

Q420 :In our country, some people have Qur'anic verses written on a clean, white paper which is then wrapped with the use of incense and bound by a black cloth. This is worn as a necklace which is supposed to protect the person wearing it and give him some social prestige. Is this practice acceptable?

A420 : This sort of thing is known as a charm. The Prophet has told us that wearing such a charm is very strictly forbidden, and he has made his statement in the most emphatic way. He prayed to Allah never to grant the person who wears such a charm the wishes for which he wears it. As you realize, every prayer or supplication made by the Prophet is answered by Allah. The Prophet was once impressed by a poet who wrote a beautiful poem praising Islam and glorifying Allah. When the poet finished reciting the poem, the Prophet said to him "May your mouth be protected," which was the type of thing Arabs used to say to anyone who speaks well. That poet lived until the age of 130 without losing a single tooth. Numerous are the examples of how Allah answered every single prayer the Prophet said. Therefore, when he prays Allah not to grant the wishes of someone who does a particular action, then we are sure that those wishes will never be granted. Let us reflect on the action of wearing a charm. It suggests that a particular object has certain powers. It may be said that the power is that of Allah, since it is Qur'anic verses that are written in such a charm. This is absolute rubbish because Allah's will does not work through the writing of Qur'anic verses or hanging a pendant with a few words from the Qur'an. [Added: or hanging a plaque with Qur'anic verses with that thinking. However, if the idea is that others may read the plaque and thereby be blessed by Allah for reading that part of Qur'an, then that is acceptable.] If one wants to rid himself of the effects of evil schemes worked by evil persons, then all he has to do is to supplicate to Allah to protect him. The Prophet has taught us so many prayers to say at different parts of the day and night. If we do, then we have that protection. When you make such a prayer, you are conscious of what you are saying. You are addressing Allah, showing your submission to Him. When you do so, He responds to your prayer. But when you wear a charm or you put in your pocket or under your clothes a piece of paper with Qur'anic verses written on it, you are assuming that the writing itself has a power of its own. There is no action in which you are really and truly involved. You are not addressing Allah at all. This is an action similar to that of a person who keeps a copy of the Qur'an in his car, hoping that it will help him avoid accidents. Accidents are avoided by careful driving, not by putting a copy of the Qur'an in the car. But if you want Allah's help in avoiding accidents, you pray Allah when you are about to start your car to help you drive carefully and avoid any misjudgment on your part and on the part of other drivers. By so doing, you are asking Allah's help. He answers the prayer of anyone who turns to Him for help, acknowledging His Lordship.

Our Dialogue ( Source : Arab News - Jeddah )