This locket features the characteristic style and design of the Islamic mystical tradition of Banten in West Java, Indonesia. Since ancient times Banten Province is associated with indigenous Indonesian mystical practices, such as kanuragan (invincibility) and kadigdayaan (invulnerability), as well as pencak silat (martial arts) and debus (self-defense). Hence, today’s Muslim masters from Banten are considered adept practitioners of authentic Indonesian mystical tradition. This is part of the reason why their amulets and talismans are held in such high esteem.
The locket is blessed in a traditional consecration ritual, which is performed according the ancient method of Islamic magical tradition in Indonesia. This means, that the locket is ritually empowered through a lengthy and intensive performance of chants, prayers, blessings and incantations. In this way, then, the sacred locket is imbued with mystical powers which provide protection against unforeseen misfortune. In addition, the talisman possesses mystical properties which can avert danger and ward off evil. Thus, the owner of this locket will be able to avoid situations of bad luck (accidents, illnesses, etc.). Indeed, the talisman will also help its wearer to attract blessings of good luck.
Whilst holding the locket in one’s hands, one can chant the following prayer (du’a) for additional protection against misfortune:
Allah-humma, anta rabbi, laa ilaaha illaa Anta, ‘alaika tawakkaltu wa anta rabbul ‘arshil kareem maashaa Allahu kaana wa maLam yasha’ lam yakun-wa laa hawla wa lla quwwata illaa bil-Laahil A’liyyil ‘Atheem. A’lamu annallaaha ‘alaa kulli shay in qadiyrun-wa annallaaha qad ahaata bikulli shay in ilmaa. Allah-humma inni a’uthu bika min sharri nafsiy wa min sharri kulli daabbatin ants aakhithum bi naasiyatihaa inna rabiy ‘alaa siraatim mustaqiym.
‘Oh Allah, You are my Lord. There is nothing worthy of worship except You. I place all of my trust and reliance in You and You are the Lord of the Noble Throne. Whatever Allah wishes takes place, and whatever He does not desire, does not occur, and there is no power and no strength except in Allah, The Exalted, The Mighty. I know that Allah is Powerful over all things and that Allah has knowledge of all things. Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from the evil of my nafs (lust and desires) and from the evil of every crawling creature. You are master over them. Verily, You are Lord of the Straight Path.’