Amulets, talismans, and lucky charms
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AQEEDA | Amulets, talismans and lucky charms
Ruling concerning putting a piece of animal skin or leather upon a baby's stomach
Question: Is it allowed to put a piece of animal skin, leather or such upon the stomach of a breast-feeding baby boy or girl or older child? We in the South of Saudi Arabia put such a piece of leather upon the stomach of the girl, small child or older. We hope that you will benefit us on this matter.
Response: If that piece of animal skin is put on the child as a kind of amulet to protect the child from harm or to bring about some good, then that is forbidden, and could even be a form of shirk. If it is put for a sound reason, such as to keep the navel from bulging or to strengthen the back, then there is no harm in that.
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