Item Number: 671
۩ Inscription: Ayat al Kursi (The Throne Verse)
۩ Country of Origin: Afghanistan
۩ Age: 1800s
۩ Stone: Carnelian
۩ Metal: 925 Sterling Silver
۩ Length: 46 mm
۩ Width: 77 mm
۩ Height: 4 mm
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.
Allah! There is no deity save Him, the Alive, the Eternal.
Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him.
Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth.
Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave?
He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them,
while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will.
His throne includeth the heavens and the earth,
and He is never weary of preserving them.
He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.