Charms or 'taweez' with verses from the Qur'an

Q92 :Some people wear a charm or 'taweez' which contains some verses from the Qur'an, assuming that it protects them from other peoples' evil eyes and the designs of wicked people and devils. Some people attach charms to their children, newly constructed houses, cars and animals. Yet others believe it would improve their vocation and enrich them. What does Islam say to this practice?


A92 : It does not need a scholar to define for us the purpose of the revelation of the Qur'an. Anyone who knows anything about Islam will tell you that the Qur'an is a book which provides guidance for mankind so that they may follow Allah's instructions and build a happy human life. It is implicit in this definition that the Qur'an is meant for implementation. Allah has not sent down the Archangel Gabriel with His message, the Qur'an, so that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), His last messenger, should convey it or recite it in melodious voice to enchant his audience, or to make of it a charm to wear in the hope of accomplishing a particular purpose. If we use Qur'anic verses in such a way, we are guilty of degrading Allah's words. The thought behind using Qur'anic verses in charms for the purpose to which the question has referred to comes simply from the fact that people do believe that verses are Allah's words. Since Allah is able to accomplish any purpose He likes, then His words, - as people mistakenly think - must have a secret power of their own. That is a twisted argument. It is not the word used in a verse, or the verse itself, which has a secret of its own. The Qur'an consists of words which we use everyday in our own language. The fact that these words occur in the Qur'an does not impart to them any special secret or power. The Qur'an brings out its power and its goodness when it is implemented in practical life. It is then and only then that people realize how much happier they become as a result of implementation of Allah's law. The words themselves and the ink with which they are written are not different from any other words or ink. The Qur'an provides for us a code of practice. If we follow that code and implement it, we lead a happy life because that is the purpose of Allah's code. Moreover, we earn reward from Allah for carrying out His orders. If we turn away from such an implementation, reducing the Qur'an to a mere book through which we seek to have some blessings or the accomplishment of particular purposes, then we displease Allah and achieve nothing. I can tell my readers in the clearest of ways that wearing a charm does not achieve the purpose for which it is worn. It does not matter what is written in it; wearing it is a sin for which the wearer must repent and seek Allah's forgiveness. Moreover, it is sure that the purpose for which it is worn will not be achieved. That is due to the fact that the Prophet has made a supplication to that effect. He says: "May Allah not accomplish the purpose of a person who wears a charm." (Related by Ahmad). The Prophet is also quoted as saying: "He who wears a charm is guilty of associating partners with Allah." We know for certain that Allah answers every prayer or supplication that the Prophet has made in the clearest and widest of fashion. Hence, the surest way of not getting what one aims for is to wear a charm for its accomplishment. In some charms and amulets, Qur'anic verses are written. Some of those who write such amulets and charms ask the people to whom they give one to soak it in water until the ink (or saffron) has dissolved and then to drink it. That does not give him any blessing. It may give him a stomachache. The Qur'an may be used in order to bring about a good effect. Allah describes the Qur'an as "a cure for that which is in people's breasts." It is permissible to read the Qur'an and then make a supplication to Allah for any good purpose, whether it relates to the hereafter or to this life. Allah answers prayers at all times, but a prayer said after an act of worship, such as the recitation of the Qur'an, is more likely to be answered. Why should one need to use a charm when he can use Allah's power and the Qur'an, His words, in the manner approved by Him.


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