Allah the Almighty said: “Say: Tell me then, the things that you invoke besides Allah, – if Allah intended some harm for me, could they remove His harm, or if He (Allah) intended some mercy for me, could they withhold His Mercy? Say: Sufficient for me is Allah; in Him those who trust (i.e. believers) must put their trust.” (Ch 39:V38) Imran bin Husain (r.a.) narrated: The Prophet (Peace be upon him) once saw a man with a brass ring on his hand and asked him, “What is this?” The man replied, “To overcome the weakness of old age.”
He said, “Remove it, for, it can only add to your weakness. Should death overtake you while you are wearing it, you would never succeed.” [This Hadeeth was recorded by Ahmad (bin Hanbal) (r.a.) with a good chain of narrators.]
He also recorded in a Marfu’ Hadeeth (tradition traced to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) himself): Uqbah bin Aamir (r.a.) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Whoever wears a talisman or an amulet would never see his wish fulfilled by Allah. And whoever hangs a sea shell would never get peace and rest.”
In another version the Prophet (Peace be upon him) is reported
to have said: “Whoever wears a talisman has committed Shirk (polytheism).”
Ibn Abi Hatim reported about Hudhaifah (r.a.): He saw a man with a piece of twine on his hand (as protection or cure from fever) so he cut the twine and read the verse: “Most of them believe in Allah and still practice Shirk (polytheism).” (Ch12: V106).
Important issues of the Lesson
It is strictly forbidden to wear rings, twines and the like seeking protection. If, even the Companions had died wearing such a thing,
they would not have succeeded (in the Hereafter). This is a confirmation to the statement of the companions that minor Shirk is greater (worse) than major sins. Ignorance was no excuse.
Wearing any such adornment will not benefit this life.
Indeed, it is harmful as was stated by the Prophet (Peace be upon him): “It will do nothing except increase weakness.”
The intense disapproval and censure of who ever does such a deed.
The declaration that whoever attaches something to himself,
will have that thing put in charge of him. The declaration that whoever wears an amulet has committed Shirk.
Hudhaifah’s recital of the Qur’anic verse is a clear proof that
Companions used to recite the verse dealing with the major Shirk to condemn minor Shirk. Ibn Abbas (r.a.) did so, by reciting the verse from Surah Al-Baqarah. (Ch.2:V165) Seeking cure from fever or relief from evil eye by using talisman, amulets etc. is Shirk.
The curse upon those who use amulets is that their wishes will not be granted by Allah and those who use shells will not get rest nor peace. That is, Allah has left them.