This inscribed amulet was made by a Muslim magician from Ghana,
Africa, who is living in the USA. He made it for a Christian African
American client who is also a customer of our occult shop. It was sealed
and she did not look inside. She was told to place it under a rock. She
is no longer in contact with this conjure worker, but when her interest
in that spell-work had changed, she retrieved the packet, undid the
seals and opened the paper. She then contacted us to see if we could
find out what it said and what it meant.
It seems to resemble an Arabic horoscope or geomantic chart in part,
but beyond that, we are at a loss to decipher it.
We are hoping that people who read Arabic might translate it for us.
According to a poster
named "Mephistopheles13" (firstname.lastname@example.org), who
"had a year of Arabic but it was a LONG time ago":
I've worked to unravel a bit of the talisman and while most remains hidden behind the obfuscating use of gematria (abjad) I have been able to ascertain certain elements of the spellwork.
First, the outer boundary of the talisman contains words of power aimed at erecting a barrier to bind and drive out evil djinn. It employs verses from Surah Iklhas, but the words obfuscated through changing word order, letters, and ommitting of repeating words. A common technique in taweez making.
Starting from the bottom left corner and moving up through each box:
These are letter-codes: Alif, Saad, Ra
Moving up from there: Qul- ho- allahu
With a tiny box at top left: ahad
Alif-Saad-Ra are letters of power used as a key to unlock the spell. What follows afterward is a Quranic Ayat from Surah Iklhas that translates to "Say, He, Allah is One." This is an affirmation of the Unity of God. The word "Qul" translates to the imperative "Say" and is used in the Quran to indicate verses that are meant to be said outloud or are part of the dialogue between the revealed text and the reader/reciter.
From top left to right, the words are upside down, so you flip the talisman to read from right to left and so get for each box:
Al Samad- Lam - Waham
Al Samad is a Name of God and refers to the Self-Sustainer or the one who all creation depends. "Lam" means nor and "Waham" doesn't fit the structure and therefore is a Word of Power that acts as the lock to which the Alif, Saad, Ra act as key. This forms a direct line diagonally from bottom left to top right.
The structure of the phrase "Al Samad Lam Waham" is typical Islamic phrasing. Usually you'll find phrases "God is ___ but not ___" or "God neither ____ nor ____." This structure is used in the Taweez and acts as revealing the intent of the talisman.
Al Samad is Self Sufficient and all rely on Him therefore the taweez draws power from that unending source, but does not "Waham" which is connected to Alif Saad Ra. So the talisman blocks out spirits, whose names or natures would have been captured in the Wahaam as well as the Alif Sadd Ra. When the talisman was folded these two corners likely touched, or lay on one another, or would have taken some unique position.
This supports my initial analysis that this is a protective talisman that removes bad, but brings in good.
Now moving down from top right to bottom right:
Yalid- Wa Lam- you- lad
Again using traditional taweez making a word is left out (likely to fit the numerical sum of the talisman) but if spelled out would have read "Lam yalid walam you lad" which translates to "He begets not, nor is he begotten" again an ayat from Surah Ikhlas.
Then from bottom right to bottom left:
Wa lam yakul lahoo- Koof ho an- Waham
This would be the last ayat of Surah Iklhas except the last work is changed to the Word of Power or the Lock of the taweez "Waham"
This set of boxes would translate to "And there is none like Him" but the Waham throws off the meaning.
By inserting this word into the verses the talisman maker is weaving his intent into the spell, thereby tying the spirits contained in the word by the verses surrounding.
Should he ever need to undo the spell, he uses the key Alif Saad Ra and the lock, "Waham."
This forms the outer boundary of the talisman and creates a symbolic protection around what is in the inside boxes. Surah Iklhas is commonly used to bind djinn and for protection. It itself is called the Key of the Quran as it contains within its four verses the entirety of the theology of Islam and the nature of God.
Each corner of the talisman has the world "Bism" which means "In the Name" which is the beginning of another phrase of power written out in entirety at the top separate from the talisman: "bismillahi rahman i rahim" which maens in the Name of God the Most Merciful and Gracious.
The use of "Bism" or any other word to form the lines of the outer square is a very typical North African technique in taweez-making.
The rest of the talisman is fully coded transforming words into numerical values and then back to letters.
From the top right corner after the boundary moving left we have :
1. Sheen, Alif--Sheen, Thamarbuta--Thamarbuta, Ra--Fa, Sheen
Next row down again moving from right to left:
2. Sheen (it is missing a dot), Alif--Sheen, Thamarbuta--illegible (can be Ha or stylized Thamarbuta if the pattern repeats), Ra--Wa, Sheen
Next row down again moving from right to left.
3.Ya, Alif, Alif--Sheen, Thamarbuta--illegible (see above notes), Ra--Wa, Sheen
Next row down again moving from right to left
4. Ya, Ta, Alif, Wa, Lam--Sheen, Thamarbota--illegible (see above), Ra--Wa, Sheen
What is written in the center of the talisman is too small to see, but it is likely the petition or prayer tied to the talisman. It would contain a name, lineage, and possible directions for the spirits tied to the talisman. I would have to look at it in person. However I do note there is some mirror writting in it.
The rest of the talisman is illegible, but out of the "4" figure I was able to get:
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