Wearing Amulets with Qur’anic Verses: Permissible?

07 March, 2017
Q As-Salamu alaykum. I was wondering if you can give me the rulings on wearing amulets with Quranic verses to protect against magic. The imam who suggested that is very strict in following the Sunnah. He is a raqi whose ways did not involve shirk rather was completely based on the Qur'an (reciting Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas).


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

Answering your question, Dr. Mohammad S. Alrahawan, Associate Professor at the department of Islamic Studies in English, Al-Azhar University, Egypt, states:

 The practice of writing Qur’anic verses, supplications, remembrances or the names of Allah on pieces of paper or clothes and wearing them like necklaces or bracelets has not been reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) or any of his blessed Companions. As Muslims, our model examples are the Prophet and his companions.

The wearing of ta`weez (amulets with Qur’an inside, or numbers representing Qur’anic verses) is as illogical as someone going to a doctor with an illness, collecting and paying for his prescription, then rolling it up or folding it, and putting it an ornamented leather pouch and wearing it around his neck, or arm or waist.

Ruwaifi` ibn Thabit said:”The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘O Ruwaifi`, you may live for a long time after me, so tell the people that whoever ties up his beard, or twists it, or hangs an amulet, or cleans himself (after relieving himself) with animal dung or bones, Muhammad has nothing to do with him.'” (An-Nasa’i)

It is recommended that when a Muslim suffers from a disease or being cast by an envious eye to recite ruqyah. It is reciting the Qur’an and saying supplications reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) over the sick seeking hope in Allah to cure him. It has very good curing effects. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to recite over the sick and so did the Companions of the Prophet.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) recited the following supplication as a ruqyahAdhhib al-ba’s, Rabb al-nas, washfi, anta Al-Shafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifa’an la yughadiru saqaman (Remove the harm, O Lord of mankind, and heal, You are the Healer. There is no healing but Your healing, a healing that leaves no disease behind). (At-Tirmidhi) This supplication is of great benefit.

Jibril (Gabriel, peace be upon him) performed the following ruqyah for the Prophet (peace be upon him): Bismillaah urqik, min kulli shay’in yu`dhik, wa min sharri kulli nafsin aw `aynin hasidin Allah yushfik, bismillaah urqik [In the Name of Allah, I perform Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) for you, from everything that may harm you; from the evil of any soul or envious eye. May Allah heal you. In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you]. (Muslim)

Allah Almighty knows best.