One significant difference between Sweden and many other European countries is thatSweden has a big population of immigrants from the Arab world. This group is exceptionally vulnerable to dogmatism (religious beliefs). Sweden ranks third in Europe in its population of immigrants, being home to 15% of immigrants across the continent. These recent arrivals follow a number of religions, but many among them identify as Muslim.
In Muslim culture, talismans or taweez are carried by individuals as a physical protection against evil and various occurrences. While sometimes it is also believed that these talismans can help someone succeed in his or her endeavours.Used since medieval times to bring fortune, divine protection or as a form of blessing, talismans-taweez has been popular in Arab and western countries such as Muslim expatriates in Europe. It is gaining more followership among natives because of its medicinal properties, folks believe relieves stress in daily life.And what quran says about taweez – there are several places mentioning taweez in quran. So the muslims are feeling comfortable to use these items.
Many Muslims share this belief and some have reported wearing an amulet for protection when Swedish social tensions intensified following numerous sexual harassment cases linked to refugee staff last autumn after an influx of arrivals from the Middle East. Society has begun to more outwardly express a sense of fear and tension associated with Islam as Swedes seem unable to provide safety for their own people who feel threatened by mass immigration.In December, thousands of people gathered in central Stockholm to protest against the alleged rape and assault by migrants of several Swedish women. In January, a music festival in Sweden was cancelled after being targeted by Islamic State supporters who had threatened on social media to attack the event and its attendees.
A talisman or taweez is a representation of something to which the wearer has faith or emotional attachment, a physical object representing an abstract idea. In Sweden, muslims wear diverse sorts of holy grails due to their understanding of faith and spirituality. Here are some common taweez worn by the Swedish people today:
- Black Dussia-to increase wealth, stability and security.
- Gold diria – for good health and fitness.
- Hubal-miracle source to change someone instantly.
- Sitr – protects against envy and evil eyes …
The talisman or taweez is usually believed to be jewellery. This helps in attaining wealth, protecting against illnesses and averting trouble.In Islam, there is a debate over whether or not these objects deemed as “tabsir”, can represent properties of astrology, witchcraft, and sorcery which are widely condemned by Islamic scholars due to being part of pagan nature worship forbidden in Islam; however it is still practiced amongst most Muslim cultures around the world.
Experts are not sure how many Muslims use these objects in Sweden, but some believe Islam is trending in the country with about eight percent of those waiting for asylum this year said it was their religion and over one million immigrants who arrived between 2014 and 2018.
In Sweden, muslims are storing their taweez as well and also in some other European Countries, but this practice remains unpopular for fear that these amulets could be seen as containing some kind of supernatural powers or because people associate them to superstition, though in reality these mystic objects are not all that superior nowadays since muslims are constantly interacting with other religions (mainstream culture specifically) and following trends from other countries such as the use of social media for example.
The most common use of the taweez in Sweden is to increase fertility, which has predominantly been by women near the coast or those living in or near urban areas. The reasons for fertility problems include socioeconomically disadvantaged surroundings, self-degenerative genetic disorders and cultural desires of having larger families.