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wannabebrown
10-29-2011, 06:35 PM
Assalamu Alaikum Qabeelat Thalj,

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NoVictims
10-29-2011, 06:50 PM
lodestones

what is its purpose: Many believe that lodestones have powers to affect their lives by attracting good things and absorbing bad. Lodestones are and have been used in spells and rituals or carried for attracting mates, for luck, for success, to absorb negativity, etc...
what is its origins: One of the first references to lodestone's magnetic properties is by 6th century BCE Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thales)[8] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodestone#cite_note-7) who is credited by the ancient Greeks with discovering lodestone's attraction to iron and other lodestones.
in what specific way is it shirk: they believe it has properties that Allah did not attribute to it, nullifies tawheed rubobiyah

all seeing eyes

what is its purpose: The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_%28optics%29) of light (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light) or a glory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_%28religion%29#Glory_in_art) and usually enclosed by a triangle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle). It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humankind) (or divine providence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_providence)).[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Providence#cite_note-0)[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Providence#cite_note-1)[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Providence#cite_note-2) - wiki
what is its origins: Imagery of an all-seeing eye can be traced back to Egyptian mythology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_mythology) and the Eye of Horus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Horus). It also appears in Buddhism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism), where Buddha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha) is also regularly referred to as the "Eye of the World" throughout Buddhist scriptures (e.g. Mahaparinibbana Sutta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahaparinibbana_Sutta)) and is represented as a trinity in the shape of a triangle known as the Tiratna, or Triple Gem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Gem).[citation needed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)] In Hinduism the gods have a third eye which is described as being "all powerful and all seeing eye" - wiki
in what specific way is it shirk: their giving human attribute of eye to Allah, and they are attributing properties to a symbol that Allah did not, nullifies tawheed rubobiyah

Azrala
10-29-2011, 10:53 PM
White Elephant Amulets

What is its supposed purpose?
The tradition of giving a white elephant as a sign of justice, peace and prosperity originated from the birth of Buddha, the revered founder of Buddhism in India. It is given as an evil thing to enemies of the monarch as a sign of dislike. Monarchs held it as a sign of ruling fairly and ensuring peace/happiness to their kingdom.

What are its origins?
South East Asia in Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

In what specific way is it shirk?
This practice began by polytheists and we should always try to avoid their practices. Secondly, these white elephant amulets were made by the hand of men and tabarruk along with protection was sought from them. They believed that these mere constructions could bring peace, justice and prosperity.


Charm Bracelets:

What is its supposed purpose?
The wearing of charms may have begun as a form of an amulet to ward off an evil spirit or bad luck. It was also meant to connect you with the gods of the afterlife, a oothu biLlah


What are its origins?
It has many origins all over the world. In ancient Egypt, charms were used for identification and as symbols of FAITH and LUCK. Their faith was polytheistic so we do not want to identify ourselves with that. It was also worn by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Hittites. It appeared throughout the 600 – 400 BC.


In what specific way is it shirk?
Charm bracelets were hand made by people and they assumed it could protect them and sought tabarruk in it. They also thought it connected them to the hereafter and their “gods” because they were a polytheistic people. Also, we do not imitate the kuffar, especially the polytheist.

warda ahmed
10-29-2011, 10:57 PM
The Hand of Power

1.What is its purpose: Its a use of a representation of a hand as a talisman. It is used as a charm against enchantment. Life size models of these hands were supposed to guard the house against all influences of magic & evil, & smaller replicas protected the wearer from every description of harm.

2.What are its origins: This can be tracked back to at least 800yrs B.C.The extended thumb, and the first two fingers, the third and the four fingers closed is a postion still assumed during the benediction in some Christian Churches today.

3. In what specific way is it shirk: They believe that this hand can protect them from harm giving this hand attributes that Allah only has, Like protecting them from all harm when only Allah(SWT) is the All Protector.

wannabebrown
10-29-2011, 11:16 PM
Candle Magic

Purpose:

used in rituals of blessings and ridding of sins
keeping demons away
used to contact spirits/gods etc.


Origins:

Ancient peoples observed that candle flames revealed mysterious things. By staring into a flame, one could enter an altered state of consciousness and see gods and spirits, or see the future. The late Egyptians of about the 3rd century used lamps, and possibly candles, in a magic ritual for "dreaming true," or obtaining answers from dreams. The individual retired to a dark cave facing south, and sat and stared into a flame until he saw a god. He then lay down and went to sleep, anticipating that the god would appear in his dreams with the answers he sought.
Ancient Pagans used candles and lamps in religious observances. By the 4th century, both candles and lamps were part of Christian rituals, but it was not until the latter part of the Middle Ages, from the 12th century on, that candles were placed on church altars. The Catholic Church established the use of consecrated holy candles in rituals of blessings and absolving sins, and in exorcizing demons.


Shirk:

Putting trust in an object like a candle instead of Allah to protect you and bless you is shirk



Lucky Charm Vials

Purpose:

Usually worn around neck to bring luck for the wearer
Worn to ward of evil


Origins:

Charm vials are Central and South American amulets that contain a variety of plant materials and symbolic objects


Shirk:

Instead of putting trust in Allah, trust is put on the vial to bring blessings and for protection

warda ahmed
10-30-2011, 09:55 AM
Below assignment is Br Imran Khan's,posting on his behalf as he had techinical difficulties posting it from his account:



GOOD LUCK COINS

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_piece#Good_luck_coins

       According to the above Wikipedia page, lucky coins are lucky charms which are carried around to attract wealth and good luck.  The following are three examples from the numerous superstitions about good luck coins.  First, in many countries coins with holes are thought to bring good luck.  Second, in Austria, a coin found during a rainstorm is especially lucky because it was dropped from heaven.  Third, Holy Sacrament communion coins were thought to acquire curative powers over various ailments, especially rheumatism and epilepsy.

       The believers of these superstitions are committing Shirk in Asmaa wa as-Sifaat because they are giving the capabilities of Allah to bring wealth, good fortune, and  curing diseases to metal coins.


LUCKY RABBIT FEET

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit%27s_foot

       According to the above Wikipedia page, "In some cultures, the foot of a rabbit is carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck. This belief is held by individuals in many parts of the world including Europe, China, Africa, and North and South America. It is likely that this belief has existed in Europe since 600 BC amongst Celtic people."

       The believers of these superstitions are committing Shirk in Asmaa wa as-Sifaat because they are giving the capabilities of Allah to bring good fortune to a dead rabbit's foot.


FOUR LEAF CLOVERS

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-leaf_clover

       According the above Wikipedia page, "The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. According to legend, each leaf represents something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck."  This superstition is usually attributed to Irish tradition.

       The believers of these superstitions are committing Shirk in Asmaa wa as-Sifaat and Shirk in Ruboobiyyah because of their false attribution of faith, hope, love, and luck to the four-leaf clover.

Azrala
10-30-2011, 11:09 AM
Candle Magic


Its' supposed purpose is overcoming bad habits, attracting things, settling disturbing atmosphere, protection, regaining health and developing psychic power.
Candle magic has been traced back to the palaeolithic era. It is a shirk because it is attributing the names of Allah to something other than Allah.




Charm Vials


Its' supposed purpose is that it brings about good luck, healing, wealth, love, protection from evil and breaks curses. The origin of charm vials is Central and South America; they used symbolic images of saints and gods that were known for certain attributes. Charm vials would take one outside the fold of Islam as it denies Tawheed Rubobiyah (the belied that Allah is unique in his lordship) and Uloohiyyah (Allah's right to be worshipped). Thus, it would be a major shirk.

Azrala
10-30-2011, 12:20 PM
HORSESHOES

Purpose:
1) Store, release and share good luck depending on the orientation on the shoe.
2) Protection from Hags and Fiends

Origins:
Roman/Catholic
St. Dunstan, a blacksmith was approached by the devil who asked for the man to "shoe" him. St Dunstan then tied the devil down and attached the shoe in such a way as the torture the devil and would only release him on the condition that the devil never enter a home with a horse shoe at it's entrance.

Shirk:
Minor shirk - The belief is that the horseshoe itself will not prevent the devil entering the home with any supernatural power, but that the devil will not enter because of the torture he received from St Dunstan.


RATTLESNAKE RATTLES
Purpose:
1) Increase wisdom
2) Increase sexual power
3) Protection from the evil eye
4) Hoodoo [Placed in conjure bags and used predominantly for gambling luck and by musicians to attain fame/talent

Origins:
Stems from worshiping snakes either in Hoodoo/Voodoo traditions or "social outcasts" applying reverse bad luck theory in Christian and Catholic faiths.

Shirk:
Major shirk - Attributing powers to the object that are befitting to allah alone.

wannabebrown
10-30-2011, 04:12 PM
From the Group of: Shiza, Suman, Sharooq, Aisha

The Lucky Buddha:

Purpose: The Lucky Buddha is sometimes called Hotei or Budai. Some believe by rubbing the lucky buddha's belly, brings you wealth and good luck. They think he is one of the 7 gods good fortune. He is also known as Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health.

Origin: According to chinese history, Budai was an accentric chinese zen monk from china. He was considered a man of good and loving character.

Reason for Shirk: Allah alone is the sustainer and provider, the one who gives prosperity and can change destiny. These names and attributes belong to Allah alone. This was a man, a mushrik, that was considered holy by his followers, and over exalted to the degree that he was raised above his station to a 'Godly' station which he may not have intended, but eventually became this false deity.


Elephant-headed Ganesha:

Purpose: One of the many gods worshipped by Hindu's. People believe he can remove obstacles.

Origin: There was a Goddess Gauri who was a consort of lord Shiva, while bathing she created Ganesha as a pure white being out of the mud of her body and placed Him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Shiva returned home but was stopped by Ganesha at the gate from entering. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha's head as he thought Ganesha was an outsider.
When Gauri came to know of this she was really mad. To console her grief, Shiva ordered His servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. The sacrifice was thus made and the elephant's head was brought before Shiva who then joined the elephant's head onto the body of Ganesha. Shiva made Ganesha worthy of worship at the beginning of all undertakings, marriages, expeditions and more.

Reasons for Shirk: It is shirk in Ruboobiyyah, as they are totally affirming him as there god. Major Shirk in Uloohuyyah and Asma wa sifaat, as they are giving him attributes exclusive to Allah and performing acts of worship that are exclusive to Allah.