Many people give as a gift a piece of gold on which is engraved Aayat al-Kursiy or the name of Allaah or the phrase “Allaah jalla jalaaluhu”, or another type which is in the form of a hand, eye or heart, or which contains blue beads. My question is: which of these are haraam, and why? What should the Muslim do if he is given such items as a gift?.
Praise be to Allaah.
It is not prescribed to write Aayat al-Kursiy or the name of
Allaah on pieces of gold that are to be worn, because that is a kind of
disrespect. It may also be an imitation of the Jews and Christians who hang
up or wear things that they revere, such as the cross etc.
There is a concession allowing writing names on rings, even
if the name includes the name of Allaah, such as Abd-Allaah or ‘Abd
al-Rahmaan. Similarly there is nothing wrong with writing useful words on a
ring even if they include the name of Allaah, such as al-hamdu Lillah
(praise be to Allaah), tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah (I put my trust in Allaah)
etc. Many such reports have been narrated from the Sahaabah and Taabi’een.
Some examples have been mentioned in the answer to question no
The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked: We sell
hearts in which the name of Allaah is written, which are bought by Arabs and
non-Arabs of every kind. We may tell the Arabs that it is haraam to take
them into the toilet. Please advise us on the ruling on selling them.
They replied: Selling jewellery on which the name of Allaah
is written is not permissible, unless it is erased from it. A similar
question was submitted to the Committee which they answered in Fatwa no.
2077, the text of which is as follows:
We attach with out letter some gold jewellery on which is
written the name of Allaah. This jewellery is used by our Muslim women as an
adornment only. A while ago our brothers in the Committee for the Enjoining
of Virtue and Elimination of Vice (enjoining what is good and forbidding
what is evil) told us that using this jewellery is haraam, because the name
of Allaah is written on it. We tell you that this jewellery is only used by
Muslims as an adornment, unlike the women of the Jews and Christians, as the
Christians wear jewellery on which there are pictures of the cross and
images of idols, and the Jews wear jewellery on which there are pictures of
the star of David. We hope that you can explain this issue.
They replied as follows: Since this jewellery has the name of
Allaah written on it and is intended for Muslim women to wear around their
necks, as Christian women wear a cross and Jewish women wear a star of
David, and since things on which the name of Allaah is written may be worn
to ward off harm or bring benefits, or for other purposes, and wearing it
may expose it to disrespect such as if a person sleeps in it and rolls on
top of it, or wears it in places where it is makrooh to take anything in
which is written the words of Allaah or the name of Allaah, the committee
thinks that it is not permissible to use this jewellery on which the name of
Allaah is written, so as to avoid imitation of the Christians and Jews whom
the Muslims are forbidden to imitate, and so as to block the means that may
lead to evil, and so as to protect the name of Allaah from disrespect, and
because of the general meaning of the prohibition on wearing amulets. End
quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah
There is nothing wrong with wearing gold in the shape of a
heart, but if it is in the shape of a hand or eye, or it contains blue
beads, then it should not be worn, because they wear these things or hang
them up in the belief that they ward off the evil eye or bring good luck.
Even if a Muslim does not wear them on the basis of such corrupt beliefs, he
still should not wear them, because by doing so he is imitating those who
wear them for these reasons, and that may lead people to think badly of him,
as they will think that he is wearing it to ward off the evil eye. So it is
not permissible to wear them in that case. This comes under the heading of
wearing amulets, which is forbidden.
Ahmad (17458) narrated from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir al-Juhani (may
Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever wears an amulet has
associated something with Allaah (shirk).” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in Saheeh al-Jaami’.
Ahmad also narrated (17440) that ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir (may
Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Whoever wears an amulet,
may Allaah not fulfil his need, and whoever wears a sea-shell, may Allaah
not give him peace.” Classed as hasan by Shu’ayb al-Arna’oot in Tahqeeq
An amulet is something that is worn to ward off the evil eye
and protect against disaster.
Al-Khattaabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: An amulet
is a bead that they used to wear in the belief that it could ward off
Al-Baghawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Amulets are
beads that the Arabs used to put on their children to protect them against
the evil eye. This was declared false by sharee’ah. See: al-Ta’reefaat
al-I’tiqaadiyyah, p. 121.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Sea-shells were taken from the sea and worn to ward off the evil eye. They
say that if a person wears this shell he will not be affected by the evil
eye or by the jinn.
With regard to the phrase “may Allaah not give him peace” it
was said that it means, may Allaah not give him tranquility, and the
opposite of tranquillity is anxiety and grief.
And it was said: May Allaah not let him achieve any good,
thus he is given the opposite of what he was asking for..
The phrase “has associated something with Allaah (shirk)”
refers to major shirk, if he believes that the amulet itself bring benefits
or wards off harm without the command of Allaah. Otherwise it is minor
End quote from al-Qawl al-Mufeed Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed
Whoever is given a gold item of this type should not wear it.
He may sell it but he should erase some of its markings before selling it so
that it cannot be worn, and has to be melted down and made into something
And Allaah knows best.