The ta'wiz, tawiz (Urdu: تعویز, ), muska (Turkish) or taʿwīdh (Arabic: تعويذ) is an amulet or locket usually containing verses from the Quran or other Islamic prayers and symbols. The Tawiz is worn by some Muslims to protect them from evil. As such it is intended to be an amulet. The word ta'wiz is also used to refer to other types of amulets. It may be a pendant, carvings on metal or even framed duas.
Most ta'wiz consist of a small paper with Quranic verses or prayers written on it, typically in ink or with saffron paste.
The Urdu word ta'wiz comes from the Arabic. The Arabic word taʿwīdh, meaning "amulet" or "charm" is formed from the verb ʿawwadha, which means "to fortify someone with an amulet or incantation".
- Also t'aweez, tabiz and other variant transliterations
- "On the Permissibility of Writing Ta‘widhat" Trns. Zameelur Rahman May 1, 2010. Prepared by Deoband
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- Hans Wehr's Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic page 768.