Remember the tiny sealed pouch attached to the sleeve of that wonderful old afghan dress?
Jenni Worth has been doing some investigative deconstruction and supplied the following text and images
WOW! how interesting. This looks like an old “Taviz” for sure. Taviz in our culture has its own significance and mystical power and influence on people lives.
Usually week or in-secure people (mostly women) go to muslim scholars or peers (saints) and request to write them a Taviz for their respective problems in lives.
A Taviz has this typical scripts that contains Quranic versus and names of Allah and some prayers. Once it is written it is then kept in the shape of locket around
the neck or can be tied to any other part of the body in a leather case or cloth. People believe that then it protects and helps
I forwarded this to one of my friends in Peshawar today who further showed it one of prominent muslim scholars of the turkoman community there.
According to him this must have been written in olden days as we don’t see such writings among Afghan Mullahs any more. They are more cultures and defined today
but this seem more genuine and authentically written. Let me try to narrate what it means:
The three letters on the very top are the urdu digits meaning “Bismillah hireh man nir Raheem” (I start with the name of Allah the most gracious & merciful)
Meaning Of the first line: These are Quran verses that means: Right Hand of any man or woman who steals should be cut off as a punishment”
Second Line: Not Quran verse but it says: By the power, grace, and barakaat of the immortal and eternal
Third Line: Not Quran verse but it says: By the power, grace and barakaat of the invisible force of strong men
Fourth Line: By the grace & power of Saints and Prophets, the stealer should appear and should never hide
Fifth Line: By the grace & power, barakaat of Hazrat Esa and Moosa
Sixth Line: By Grace & power of Hazrat Ibrahim Ya Allah
Again the 3 digits and in the box the writer of this Taviz calls Allah by saying:
Oh who protects from the evil & who is the most powerful & merciful
Oh who is Living & shall always Live
So I think the pathani who had this dress must have had this Taviz written and kept it tied to her dress so that
no one could steal her belongings or assets from her.
Lastly ---- the script number 2 demonstrates the stamp of the Mullah in the shape of star and on the right he
writes “DAFI OEN” that means Protector / Savor From The Evil Force”
How blessed am l to be carer of such a treasure!
And thankyou 'Star of the East' for your comment. You were absolutely correct about that small bag.
Amulets & talismans from different cultures have long fascinated me. This is one of my favourite treasures which l assume has Buddhist prayers sealed inside.
I will take some pics to show some examples & paste them here soon.
Is anyone else doing anything similar?