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723 Can you provide me the evidences that prove the permissibility for the use Taweez (amulet) to be wrapped around our necks?
The permissibility of Taweez is proven from the time of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him), as well as the Holy Qur’an. Allah (S.W.T) describes the Qur’an as a ‘Shifa’ (cure). The words of Allah (S.W.T) have so much power and force that they cure people from their physical and spiritual illnesses.

Imām al-Bukhārī narrates: ‘Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said that while we were on one of our journeys, we dismounted at a place where a slave girl came and said, ‘The chief of this tribe has been stung by a scorpion and our men are not present; is there anyone among you who can treat him (by reciting something)?’

Then one of our men went along with her though we did not think that he knew any such treatment. But he treated the chief by reciting something, and the sick man recovered whereupon he gave him thirty sheep and gave us milk to drink (as a reward).

When he returned, we asked our friend, ‘Did you know how to treat with the recitation of something?’ He said, ‘No, but I treated him only with the recitation of the Mother of the Book (i.e. al-Fatiha).’ We said, ‘Do not say anything (about it) till we reach and ask the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).’ So when we reached Madina Shareef, we mentioned that to the Prophet (in order to know whether the sheep which we had taken were lawful to take or not).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘How did he come to
know that al-Fatiha could be used for treatment? Distribute your reward and assign for me one share thereof as well.’ From this we deduce that curing people by reciting the Qur’an is permissible and was affirmed by the Prophet himself.

Caesar of Rome wrote to Hazrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) complaining that he suffered from prolonged headaches and requesting whether he could send a cure for this illness. Hazrat Umar (R.A) sent him a hat. Caesar found that when he wore the hat, the headache instantly stopped and when he removed it, the headache would return. He was astonished by this. One day, he opened the hat and found that it contained a piece of paper, upon which was written Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm.

Again, this shows that the practice of giving Ta’weez is legitimate.
As for what is written on the Ta’weez, it is usually words from the Qur’an or Hadith, but it can be individual Dua’s or names of Allah Almighty.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
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