Acts arousing pessimism while contracting marriage

Q: While concluding the marriage contract, some people may use the Misbahah (counting beads used when remembering Allah), cross their fingers, or break straws, which may cause some problems as they believe that these things affect (Part No. 18; Page No. 115) the failure of the marriage. We hope that you explain this matter to us.

A: You should put your trust in Allah (Exalted be He), rely on Him, and set aside any doubts or insinuating whispers of Satan. The marriage contract should be attended only by those who have sound Islamic creed and have nothing to do with such malicious acts. Those who are known for practicing such deeds should be reported to the authorities to be punished and relieve people from their evil. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.