Item Number: 421
۩ Inscription: Surat al-Falaq (The Daybreak)
۩ Country of Origin: Afghanistan or Southeast Asia
۩ Age: Unknown
۩ Stone Material: Carnelian
۩ Length: Approximately: 6.3 cm
۩ Width: Approximately: 3.2 cm
۩ Height: Approximately 0.4 cm
A talisman (taweez) is any object that is imbued with protective powers and the most efficacious are those that are inscribed with prayers that evoke the name of God and the Prophet Muhammad and his companions. The ninety-nine names of God, verses from the Qur’an, and sayings of the Prophet (hadith), for example, are appropriated and regenerated into texts that are meant to be good omens. Talismans that contain inscriptions with the names of prophets and religious figures have the power to protect an individual from hardship and danger by acting as conduits between these holy figures and anyone carrying the talisman.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak
From the evil of that which He created;
From the evil of the darkness when it is intense,
And from the evil of malignant witchcraft,
And from the evil of the envier when he envieth.