A taweez, which comes from the Islamic culture and religion, is a garment that amulets identify with and carry. In other words, a Taweez is an amulet that represents the divine attributes of Allah (God). These amulets are made of red thread and written with some religious text in a traditional alphabet design. A taweez to give somebody wealth will often be written with Arabic holy verses. The taweez for health might use a verse about medical benefits or curing diseases about specific health problems. Meanwhile, Muslim religious scholars believe that wearing this helps fulfil one’s wishes or realise them sooner than later. This is because of their ability to influence the thoughts of one’s mind and make their wishes come true or help in achieving higher desires given enough time is spent on praying regularly so that those pious ideas disturb the dark thoughts enough to push the person towards what they truly want from the life.
Rituals with these types of talismans were practised by early religions such as Sikhism, Buddhism, and Judaism. The traditional custom of worshipping a Christian cross is based on using such a talisman. Talismans are also mentioned in Mesopotamian texts as symbols used to ward off evil spirits and referenced in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. They are also mentioned in these texts as items that could protect against evil eye spells or the power of other people. In modern occultism, the term usually refers to an object believed to embody mystical powers that can be harnessed by the one who possesses it. The word “Talisman” was initially derived from an Arabic word for a tablet placed in front of a doorway to protect the household against jinn possession and evil.
Many followers of Islam use these amulets known as ‘taweez’. Taweez is a talisman given for various benefits under Islamic Sharia law. In Pakistan, taweez are seen as “thing through which grace or charm is transmitted”. Along with their religious importance, they are also bearers of cultural significance. The lettering and motifs on the taweez are distinct, reflecting the values and culture of individual regions based on their beliefs.
Some people use them to bring wealth, wellness, victory and good fortune in living, while others insist they have mystical abilities to influence health, mind and even luck. If a powerful healer has blessed it, it can affect more practical concerns like controlling an illness or expanding your business. However, these advantages also come at a cost because there is no easy way to get rid of a curse. Since the benefits are so vast, it helps to know how to remove a curse from one’s life. For some Islamic scholars, “zauj” refers to a writing amulet. It is essentially a spell or charm inscribed on the skin to protect the owner from harm or evil. Due to this, it would seem to be the same as amulets commonly found in other cultures.
Taweez can be used for so many different things. One widespread use is the healing jar, where the one who casts the spell would recite verses from Quran on an unopened drink container to quickly heal someone with thirst or anything that may injure them internally or externally. In contrast, they drink water from that container. The most common use is to make blessings and good fortunes happen, such as finding a lost object or money. In addition, they may be used to bless someone with an increase in their wealth or success at work.
Around the world, taweez can be found where there is a significant population of Muslims. From India to Bangladesh to Pakistan and beyond, taweez are plentiful and cover most streets in some larger cities. However, in recent years, taweez have been increasingly replaced by a new form of Islamic healing: pirs and their ilm. In the latter part of the 20th century and continuing into the 21st, pirs became increasingly more famous for their healing powers.