Is wearing a taweez (amulet) around your neck allowed?
Yes it is allowed to wear a tawiz.
1. “And We send down in the Qur’an that which is a cure for the Muslims, and a mercy – and it increases only ruin for the unjust.”
[Surah Banī Isrā’īl: 82]
2. “O mankind! The advice has come to you from your Lord and a cure for the hearts – and guidance and mercy for believers.”
[Surah Yunus: 57]
1. Narrated by Sayyidunā ‘Abdullāh Ibn Mas’ūd (rađiyAllāhu ánhu) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) said: ‘Make use of the two cures i.e. the honey and Quran.’
[Sunnan Ibn Mājah]
2. Amr ibn Shu’ayb reported from his father, from his grandfather that Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) said, “If any of you gets a nightmare, let him say:
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِهِ وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ
‘I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah against His wrath and His punishment and the mischief of His slaves and from the temptations of the devils and that which they bring’ then they will not harm him.”
Therefore, ‘Abdullāh Ibn ‘Amr used to teach this supplication to his grown up children. Also, he wrote it down on something and hung it on the neck of those who had not attained puberty.
[Abī Dā’ud and Tirmidhī]
4. Sayyidunā ‘Amr ibn Shu’ayb (rađiyAllāhu ánhu) narrates that the Prophet of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) taught his father and grandfather a supplication (Du’ā) which they would read before going to sleep, to protect them from fear and anguish…‘We told our elder children to recite this Du’ā before going to sleep as well. But for those children who were not yet literate, we would write it and then put it around their necks.’
[Musnad of Imām Aĥmad]
1. It is narrated that Sayyidunā Sa’īd Ibn Musayyib (a great Tābi’i) was asked about wearing amulets, he said, ‘There is no harm in doing so.
[Muşannaf of Ibn Abī Shaybah]
2. Imām al-Aţā (a Tābi’i and a jurist of Makkah) said: ‘There is no harm in hanging verses of the Holy Qur’ān (around the neck).’
[Muşannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah]
3. Imām Qurţubī writes: “The amulets (Tawīdh) which are forbidden are those from the time of ignorance (Jāhiliyya) that contain satanic and elements of Shirk. The amulets which are permitted are those which contain supplication of Qur’ān and Sunnah.
4. Allāma Ālūsī writes: “According to Imām Mālik, it is permitted to put around the nect an amulet written with the name of Allāh. Imām Bāqir also stated that it is permissible to put such amulets around the neck of a child.
Allah knows best.
Answered by Mawlana Mohamed Husein Qadri