Taweez in islam are talismans that Muslims can make that are supposed to have the power to ward off evil. In this study we are going to explore why they have been common in South America, how they ended up there, what their role has been, and what makes them different than other taweez. The taweez is a talisman that is worn by those who are having emotional difficulty or issues such as love, money, health. Some common pieces of advice given to the wearer is to pray and wear the taweez for three days in a row. If the wearer feels better after wearing the taweez for three days, then will lose it and bury it so it would not be taken by anyone. These taweez are mostly made with special paper inscribed with sources of Islamic law, verses from the Quran. The majority bulk of taweez are usually placed at the hearth of the house or close to prayer areas where Muslims gather for regular prayer and salah in houses or mosques. Some cultures put them in carpets as well.
The Arabic Islamic tradition of taweez is very popular in Brazil and Spain, while rural areas still develop their own type of folklore taweez. These beliefs, if left undisturbed can provide much-needed support in times of despair as well as practical protection from danger on all levels, from financial to physical health
South America has changed a lot over the centuries. Scholars believe that Arabic settlers introduced Islam in this part of the world and ultimately how South American Muslims adopted the Islamic culture. Now, different states in this region including Brazil and Argentina for example, have mosques that were mainly constructed during colonial periods between 1555 and 1821.
Taweez-like talisman are becoming increasingly popular among people in Latin American countries as a recent study has proved their effectiveness in increasing happiness levels in 13% 5 round with benefits lasting up to 18 months. The research, conducted by the Research Institute of Psychology at the University of Barcelona, showed that people who used these amulets regularly reported feeling happier after just five weeks.
In South America, taweez come in many types of shapes and colors that vary by region. Santos de Mufularia community is known for its unique green taweez. Legends about the origin of the taweez has been passed down for many years. One legend tells of a jealous husband who, when his unfaithful wife refused to stop wearing her taweez, so he chopped off her fingers one by one with an ax. Another story tells of a woman who used a taweez in ancient times to bring her ailing husband back to health. Santos de Mufularia is a village in the Venezuelan Andes, about an hour’s walk from Cúa, one of the main cities in the region. The tawezes come from this village and are traditionally made from plants such as bijagual (a type of holly), coca leaves, and nepenthes plants also known as ‘devils’ snuff.’ Talismans are used with the intention of bringing a specific “wish” or “desire” into manifestation. They are traditionally wrapped around the left palm with a black or red thread and tied in the middle.
Taweez can bring blessings to a person while they also work through religious ceremonies involved in making the talisman. Muslims who live in Buenos Aires create and save as many talismans as possible during Ramadan, where these are then given out for good deeds throughout the year. The Muslim community also participates in the event Dia de los Muertos, where they decorate the graves of their loved ones with flowers, candles and food.
Taweez in islam can be bought from establishments at affordable rates, alternatively they can be made by anyone based on certain secrets known only to them. The South American countries have an interesting custom of burning the talismans for their patients. The Quran also mentions in it that if you suffer from an unknown and incurable disease, then you can burn your taweez and seek the help of God.