Putting a piece of cloth, leather, or the abdomen of a baby

Q 2: Is it permissible to place a piece of cloth, leather, or something similar on the abdomen of a suckling child or an adult? This is a common practice in the southern region. Please advise me regarding this.

A: If this piece of cloth or leather is used as an amulet to bring benefit or repel harm, this is Haram (prohibited). It may even be Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). If it is for a legitimate purpose, such as holding the navel or supporting the back of the baby, there is nothing wrong with this.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.