Why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam and considered Shirk

Why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam and considered Shirk

Why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam? Have you ever seen these people wearing certain amulets, necklaces, or bracelets while doing tawaf at Masjid al-Haram? many people have been seen in Kaaba using these bracelets. there are many viral videos where Saudi officers arrest people wearing these necklaces. these individuals were seen performing mysterious acts. in one of the trending videos, a Saudi police officer caught a man wearing this necklace near Maqam e Ibrahim.

The officer approached the man with some questions. he eventually searched for this man and what this officer found was actually shocking. The Amulet was believed to be a form of black magic. wearing such amulets during Tawaf is said to be strictly prohibited by the authorities in order to preserve the significance of the Holy site.

Wearing Amulets is Haram in Islam and is considered a Shirk

There are several examples of people wearing amulets without realizing they are participating in Shirk or Kufr with Islam. This shows how often amulets are near the holy mosque. It is a reality for many people in many countries. brothers and sisters, people wear these amulets every day. the majority of individuals keep them in their homes and offices, while others wear them on their bodies. they believe that by wearing these amulets, they will be able to ward off evil and bring good into their lives. Many people do not even consider them Haram. They claim it is just Quranic verses. In actuality, the words of holy verses have been written reversibly. they write the whole verse is wrong and add the name of Satan to it. People completely ignore the fact that this is Satan’s way. It is a type of dark magic and anyone who engages in magic or even asks Satan for protection, then this individual has abandoned their faith and becomes a Kafir. thus we should learn why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam and share with others.

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Wearing amulets is considered a form of enmity to Allah and it goes against the principles of Islam. it is found in the book of Sunan Abu Dawud, number 36, where Ruwayfi’ ibn Thabit reported:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: You may live for a long time after I am gone, Ruwayfi’, so, tell people that if anyone ties his beard or wears round his neck a string to ward off the evil eye, or cleanses himself with animal dung or bone, Muhammad has nothing to do with him.

Sunan Abu Dawud, 36

This Hadith clarifies the prohibition of wearing amulets or engaging in satanic practices. as it is considered a form of Shirk, associating partners with Allah. and the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) himself has declared to abandon this person.

Hadiths on Amulets

Here are some of the hadiths that talk about Amulets and why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam:

It was narrated from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir al-Juhani that a group came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) [to swear their allegiance (bay’ah) to him]. He accepted the bay’ah of nine of them but not of one of them. They said, “O Messenger of Allah, you accepted the bay’ah of nine but not of this one.” He said, “He is wearing an amulet.” The man put his hand (in his shirt) and took it off, then he (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)) accepted his bay’ah. He said, ‘Whoever wears an amulet has committed shirk.” (Narrated by Ahmad, 16969) 

This hadith was classifiedd as sahih by Shaykh al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Sahihah, 492.  

It was narrated that ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “Whoever wears an amulet, may Allah not fulfil his need, and whoever wears a sea-shell, may Allah not give him peace.”  (Narrated by Ahmad, 16951) 

This hadith was classified as da’if by Shaykh al-Albani in Da’if al-Jami’, 5703. 

It was narrated from Zaynab the wife of ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ud from ‘Abd-Allah that he said: 

“I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, ‘Spells (ruqyah), amulets and love-charms are shirk .” I said, “Why do you say this? By Allah, my eye was weeping with a discharge and I kept going to So and So, the Jew, who did a spell for me. When he did the spell, it calmed down.” ‘Abd-Allah said: “That was just the work of the Shaytan who was picking it with his hand, and when (the Jew) uttered the spell, he stopped. All you needed to do was to say as the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: ‘Adhhib il-bas Rabb al-nas ishfi 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 which leaves no disease behind.’”  (Narrated by Abu Dawud, 3883; Ibn Mauajah, 3530) 

This hadith was classified as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 331 and 2972. 

Amulets containing Quranic verses

Regarding amulets containing clearly written verses from the Quran or authentic hadiths, there is a distinction between the Companions of the Prophet, their successors, and their followers, which may be clarified as follows: A few of them claim that it is not allowed, but rather reprehensible (Makruh). Abdullah ibn Amr, Uqbah ibn Amir, and Abdullah ibn Mas`ud, together with his companions Al-Aswad and Alqamah, and their successors Ibrahim An-Nakh’i and others (may Allah be pleased with them all), hold this opinion.

Definitely, especially in these modern times, disallowing those acts that serve as a preventative measure to avoid things that give rise to false practices. Regarding it as Makruh in these times of difficulties and tribulations is more appropriate and safer, if the majority of the Sahabah (the Prophet’s Companions) and Tabi`un (their successors) considered it as such in those magnificent times, when the faith in their hearts was larger than a mountain. What happens, therefore, if this concession has made people do things that are outright illegal and have become a means to their ends? For instance, they use amulets as a means of seeking protection because they inlay words from the Qur’an or surah, but underneath them put other demonic nonsense that only those who have read their books understand.

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A few of the detrimental impacts of amulets include causing people to become dependent on the writings on them rather than placing their faith in Allah, and the majority of them induce a state of perpetual terror of what might or might not occur. these people don’t know that Amulets are haram in Islam or why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam. and when a con artist or sorcerer senses that a potential victim has shaky faith, it is common for them to approach them and tell them that something bad is going to happen to them, their family, their wealth, or themselves. Additionally, he would add, “You have a qarin (constant companion) from amongst the jinn,” and proceed to tell and describe many things to him.

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By disclosing to him details about himself that the Devil has been whispering to him in an attempt to give the impression that he is enlightened, concerned about him, and eager to help.

The ignorant fool turns away from God and turns to this charlatan with all of his heart and mind, when his heart is filled with fear over what he has been told. He puts his trust and reliance in him rather than Allah and asks him, “What is the way out from the events that you have described? What is the strategy for avoiding them?”

The charlatan’s expectations are heightened and he grows increasingly avaricious as he wonders how much more he can handle, almost as if he has power over good and bad. He describes it and speaks to him politely as he says, “If you give me this or that, I will create an amulet for it that will be this long and this wide.” He then hangs this amulet to keep himself safe from various illnesses. Considering what we’ve discussed, do you believe that this notion is a form of shirk?

It indicates that one is worshiping someone else instead of Allah, relying on the actions of created beings, turning away from Allah, and attempting to persuade people to reject their faith. Is there any way that Satan could pull off any of these exploits without the aid of his demonic fellow humans? Allah Ta’ala says:

“Say: ‘Who can guard and protect you in the night or in the day from the (punishment of the) Most Gracious (Allah)?’ Nay, but they turn away from the remembrance of their Lord.”

(Al-Anbiya’: 42)

Then, in addition to the demonic nonsense, he inscribes a passage from the Qur’an on the amulet and hangs it up whenever he feels impure. He never treats the amulet with care or keeps it separate from other objects.

The Qur’an was revealed to be read and adhered to; its lessons to be learned through parables and stories; its commands to be followed and its prohibitions heeded; its knowledge to be believed and its boundaries to be respected. And if these amulets only contain the two revelations (the Qur’an and genuine hadiths), then this is unquestionably shirk and more akin to the azlam, which are arrows used in the pre-Islamic era of ignorance to seek luck or guidance in making decisions. They are also very different from the characteristics of Islam.

However, amulets made of pearls, strings, iron rings, etc., or containing anything other than the two revelations—such as nonsense from Jews, temple worshippers, stars, angels, jinn practitioners, etc.—are definitely considered a form of shirk, as they are not among the recognized or permitted methods of curing illness. As such, hanging or wearing amulets is considered a form of shirk.

There is still a lot of deviation and misdirection among Bedouins, peasants, and some city inhabitants and they don’t know why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam. One such instance is the pearls that certain drivers place inside their cars and dangle from the rearview mirror.

A horseshoe is hung on the front of a house or shop by some, while an old shoe is hung on the front or rear of a car by others. They say that’s all to protect against the evil eye. Additionally, there are additional practices like idolatry and shirk that the Messengers were only sent to eradicate, and the Books were only revealed to expose, that are common due to ignorance of (pure) Monotheism and the things that negate it. they are completely unaware that these talismans/ taweez/ amulets are haram in Islam.


In conclusion, individuals who adhere to genuine monotheism (tawhid) must stay as far away from these things as they can. They are too full of faith to allow anything like this to get inside of them. They cannot seek the protection of anybody else or place their trust in anyone else but Allah because of their lofty rank and unwavering faith. and they know well why is Wearing Amulets Haram in Islam.

So this was why Wearing Amulets is Haram in Islam and considered a Shirk. Read more Islamic Blogs or follow us on social media for Islamic reminders.

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