A ta'wiz. The black pouch contains a paper with duas written on them.

The ta'wiz, tawiz (Urdu: تعویز‎,[1] ), muska (Turkish) or taʿwīdh (Arabic: تعويذ‎) is an amulet or locket usually containing verses from the Quran and/or other Islamic prayers and symbols pertaining to black magic. The Tawiz is worn by some Muslims to protect them from evil.[2][3] 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.


The Urdu word ta'wiz comes from the Arabic.[4] The Arabic word taʿwīdh, meaning "amulet" or "charm" is formed from the verb ʿawwadha, which means "to fortify someone with an amulet or incantation".[5]

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  1. ^ Also t'aweez, tabiz and other variant transliterations
  2. ^ "On the Permissibility of Writing Ta‘widhat" Trns. Zameelur Rahman May 1, 2010. Prepared by Deoband
  3. ^ Chishti, Hakim (1985). The Book of Sufi Healing. New York: Inner Traditions International.
  4. ^ Moberley, A. N. (1907). "Amulets as agents in the prevention of disease in Bengal". In Asiatic Society of Bengal (ed.). Memoirs of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Volume 1. Calcutta: The Asiatic Society. pp. 223–248. page 224.
  5. ^ Hans Wehr's Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic page 768.

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