Arabic Amulet

Amulet of Arabic Text

Amulet of Arabic Text
Laminated card containing Arabic poetry, phrases, as well as a small leaf.

While walking through the traditional market we noticed a table full of various types of amulets (jimat) for sale. One was a laminated card, which had both sides printed in Arabic text. People will place these cards in their wallets, purses, cars, motorcycles, etc., to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.

Since the Quran was written in Arabic, Muslims consider the Arabic language a sacred and holy language. For that reason there is tremendous respect and honor given to it, above all other languages.

A small leaf has been inserted under the lamination.

A small leaf has been inserted under the lamination on the card. It is the dark oval dot on the picture at the right. Some plants are considered as possessing spiritual powers.

We asked a number of people to translate the text on the card for us, but we weren’t able to locate anybody who could. We’ve visited numerous mosques looking for people to assist us, but we’ve yet to find somebody with the ability. This illustrates the value Muslims place on the Qur’an, in that they believe it is empowering when read, whether you understand what you are reading or not.

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Many Indonesians can read the Qur’an in the Arabic language, but the overwhelming majority can’t translate, nor understand what they read.

Stained glass at the peak of the home we are currently renting in the City of Jambi. It is Arabic writing which means:

Stained glass Arabic text at the peak of the home we are currently renting in the City of Jambi.

Displaying Quranic Verses

It’s common for Muslims to place Arabic text in picture frames, believing that their sacred verses from the Qur’an, or Arabic poetry in general, will bring blessings and protection from evil spirits. It would be similar to a Christian who would do the same with biblical verses, or a Christians who would wear jewelry with Christian symbolism, believing that by so doing they will receive protection and blessings. It is not uncommon to see Christians wearing “amulets,” like a cross, or an image of an ancient saint.

This is the back of the pouch pictured at the right.

This is the back of the pouch pictured at the left.

This is the front of yet another version of Arabic text being used as an amulet. It's a sewn shut pouch. Inside is more Arabic text.

This is the front of yet another version of Arabic text being used as an amulet. It’s a sewn shut pouch. Inside is more Arabic text.

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