Writing Ayahs or Du`a' Ma'thur to be hung on the sick seeking recovery

Q 3: What is the ruling on people who write some of the Ayahs (verses) of the Qur'an and ask the sick to hang them on their heads or any other part of their bodies claiming that this is a cure while they may or may not charge for this service?


A: The proper view is that writing Ayahs of the Qur'an or any other Du`a' Ma'thur (recorded supplication) and asking the sick to hang them seeking recovery is prohibited. This is due to three reasons: First, the generality of the Hadith which prohibits wearing amulets without any specification. Second, Sadd-ul-Dhara'i` (blocking the means leading to sins) as it may lead to wearing amulets which contain something other than the Qur'an. Third, these Ayahs hung as amulets may be degraded; for instance when entering the toilet and performing Istinja' (cleansing the private parts after defecation). Since it is established that writing Ayahs of the Qur'an or any other Du`a' and hanging it on the sick seeking recovery is prohibited, charging a fee for it is also prohibited.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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