Consecrated cloths are a classic example of conventional taweez (Islamic talismans) used by Muslims as well as non-Muslims from all over the world. Indeed, this traditional type of talisman is widely believed to possess powerful mystical properties which are beneficial to any kind of person in general, regardless of the person’s socio-religious background. This common belief is in conformity with Indonesia’s state ideology, which is based on the concept of ‘Unity in Diversity’ (Bhinekka Tunggal Ika).
For the making of this talisman the Indonesian Muslim master used a piece of white cloth from his pilgrimage dress (ihram). Since ihram represents purity of mind through spiritual devotion, the (worn) garment is therefore considered an extremely sacred material. Hence, many Islamic mystics and Indonesian dukuns like to use the cloth for making amulets and talismans. As part of the consecration process, the Islamic mystic then used saffron ink to write the fifteenth chapter of the Holy Qu’rān on the white cloth, which is, of course, the most auspicious sūra al-Hijr, or ‘The Stoneland’. This sūra consists of ninety-nine verses (āyāt) which praise Allāh.
The ritually consecrated cloth with its sacred verses thus is an extremely powerful taweez which can be used to invoke God or calling upon angelic beings of the celestial realms to ask them for guidance and protection. In the same way, the cloth serves as a means to induce good luck and fortune. The reason for this can be found in the meaning of the holy verses of sūra al-Hijr, which, when sincerely put to practice, will bring forth divine blessings of profound happiness and generates immeasurable merit.