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Question: Do the gems precious stones play any role in fate of our life? Can we believe in stones and can we wear it; is it considered as shirk?

To attribute mysterious powers to any entity other than Allah is considered shirk; shirk in Islam is an unforgivable sin. So guard against shirk and run away from it more than you run away from anything else.

Islam is based on tawhid; Allah says, “Know firmly that there is no god but God, and ask forgiveness of Allah for your sins and for the sins of the believers, men and women….” (Qur’an:47: 19); He also says, " “Allah does not forgive the sin of shirk (associating partners in worship with Him), though He does forgive whoever He will for lesser sins...." (Qur'an: 4: 116).

Tawhid implies that Allah is the ultimate source of all things; He is the one who causes us to live, and He is the One who causes us to die; He alone possesses power over all things; the creation in so far as they have any power have power only in so far as Allah has granted it to them; that is why we must never depend on anything absolutely other than Allah. Our attitude should be putting our sole trust in Allah and Allah alone; the believer's mantra should be as the Qur'an states,
“I entrust all my affairs unto Allah; He is Well-Aware of His servans.” (Qur'an: 40: 44).

The Prophet, peace be upon him, taught us to meditate on a daily basis, “In the name of Allah; with His name nothing whatsoever either in earth or heaven can do any harm; He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”

The true understanding of tawhid in relation to all things, including the sacred relics such as ka’bah and black stone--which is otherwise revered in Islam-- is expressed by Umar, the second caliph; while kissing the black stone, he said, “I know that you have no power to harm or benefit anyone; If I did not see Allah’s Messenger kissing you, I wouldn’t have even bothered to kiss you!”

So strive hard to guard your tawhid intact and thus strive to appear before Allah with a heart and faith that is free of all taints of shirk; for Allah says, “On that Day (Day of Final Reckoning) neither one’s wealth nor one’s children will avail; it is only the one who shall appear before Allah with a pure heart (untainted by shirk) that can be saved." (Qur'an: 26: 89).

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