protective charm

Circular amulet of silver with domed glass face backed with red material. Arabic text listing the sacred names of the prophet's grandchildren, his son-in-law Imam Ali and daughter Fatima, his name (Mohammed) and God (Allah). inscribed on glass in white paint. Two silver loops at top for suspension.

This amulet displays the sacred names of the prophet's grandchildren- Hassan and Hussein, his son-in-law Imam Ali and daughter Fatima, his name (Mohammed) and God (Allah). Muslims, mainly Shia, may wear pendants with these holy names for protection.

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