A sister in another forum asked about having decorations like hamsa hand or evil eye things, if one knows it isn't a protection but likes the design and realise they have no magical properties is there any harm in having them.
Our dear Sister Kamillah gave a detailed explanation and I have her permission to post her explanation here.
To better understand that amulets and they are not something to be displayed.
Abdullah bin Mas’ood narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, ‘Verily, magic spells, At Tamaa’im (amulets), and love charms are all forms of Shirk.’ (sunan of abu dawood, musnad of ahmad; declared saheeeh by albaani)Amulets And The Evil Eye
And indeed from amongst every Ummah We sent a Rasool proclaiming, ‘Worship Allah and avoid Taaghoot.’ (Quran 16:36 )
Verily Allah sent messengers from amongst the sons of Adam as a mercy from Him to proclaim His message and call mankind back to His sole worship. This sole worship of Allah necessitates abandoning all others worshipped besides Him, with all such objects of false worship known as At Taaghoot. They include all invented gods and all objects in creation to which acts of worship are directed such as prostrating, sacrificing, or seeking protection from the evil within creation. All such acts of worship directed to other than Allah are Shirk.
Examples of Taaghoot include the sun, the moon, fire, light, trees, mountains, rocks, stones, idols, animals, angels, jinn, and worship of human beings both while alive and after their death at the graves. All such objects become Taaghoot when worship is directed to them. From amongst the Taaghoot is the object known as Amulets. In Sharee’ah it is known as Tamemah with Tamaa’im being its plural.
The use of Amulets and Talisman can be traced back to ancient Assyrian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Arabic and Hebrew tribes. They have been found in ancient ruins, ancient tombs and pyramids. They were worn for the purpose of warding off evil and seeking protection from evil spirits and the evil eye. When the messengers of Allah would come they would call back to Tawheed and to the abandonment of all Taaghoot, with Amulets being no exception.
Abdullah bin Mas’ood(may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah(peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘Verily, magic spells, At Tamaa’im (amulets), and love charms are all forms of Shirk.’ (sunan of abu dawood, musnad of ahmad; declared saheeeh by albaani)
Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir(may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that a group came to the Messenger of Allah(peace and blessings be upon him). He accepted the pledge of allegiance of nine but not of one of them. They asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah(peace and blessings be upon him), you accepted the pledge of allegiance of nine but not of this one.’ He said, ‘He is wearing an amulet.’ The man put his hand (in his shirt) and took it off, and then he accepted his pledge. He said, ‘Whoever wears an amulet has committed Shirk.’ (musnaad of ahmad)
Amulets were commonplace during the Days of Ignorance before the prophethood of Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him), and just like the Messengers before him he educated the people about the harms of Amulets, describing their use as Shirk. This is enough of a warning and reminder for the act is one of Shirk Al Akbar, or Major Shirk which removes one from Islam.
Umran Ibn Husain(may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger(peace and blessings be upon him) saw a man with a brass ring in his hand and he asked, ‘What is this?’ He replied, ‘It is for protection from rheumatism.’ The Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him) answered, ‘Remove it at once, for verily it will not increase you except in weakness, and were you to die whilst wearing it you would never be successful.’ (musnad of ahmad)
The acts of shirk include relying on amulets to ward off evil, seeking protection in them instead of Allah. So the person wears the amulet for the purpose of seeking refuge and protection from the evil eye or Jinn or other evil within creation, when the amulet can offer no such protection. The person places trust, dependence and reliance in it, hoping in protection from it while disbelieving in Allah Who offers protection against all evil.
In addition amulets may be used for seeking protection from illnesses. This is also an act of shirk for the amulet is not a medical treatment. So an object such as a ring is used with the belief that it will protect one from acquiring an illness or provide cure from an illness. In the above hadeeth our prophet declared that the one who died while engaged in such an act would never be successful. In sharee’ah the successful ones are known as Al Muflihoon, and they are those who receive the forgiveness of Allah and an entrance into His grand Jannah. So there is no forgiveness for the one who dies committing major shirk by the use of amulets.
Abdullah bin Mas’ood(may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, ‘Spells, amulets and love charms are Shirk.’ His wife said, “Why do you say this? By Allah, my eye was weeping with a discharge and I kept going to so and so, the Jew who did a spell for me. When he did the spell, it calmed down.’ Abdullah said: ‘That was just the work of Shaytaan who was picking it with his hand, and when (the Jew) uttered the spell, he stopped. All you needed to do was to say as the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: ‘Remove the harm O Lord of mankind and heal, You are The Healer. There is no healing but Your healing; a healing which leaves no disease behind.’” (sunan of abu dawood; sunan of ibn maajah; declared saheeh by albaani)
Sometimes people may report a presumed benefit from an amulet, and as a result they begin to rely and depend on it, to the point that without it they feel helpless. As a result others are drawn to it and eager to use it themselves. However we know the mechanism by which Allah misguides such people whose hearts are attached to such Taaghoot. The devils amongst the Jinn and Mankind unite for the purpose of misguiding the ignorant people. The Jinn will go and inflict some bodily harm to a person and as a result the person will go to a well known ‘spiritual healer’ who will use spells or give the person an amulet to wear. Thereafter the Jinn cease causing harm to the person. As a result the ignorant person believes in the amulet and disbelieves in Allah, with the devils accomplishing their goal. Amulets in the Muslim world today
The Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him) informed us that the use of amulets was shirk. He called the people to worship Allah alone, seeking help and protection in Allah, and putting full trust and reliance in the One who created the heavens and the earth. Although the Prophet Muhammad’s(peace and blessings be upon him) message was clear, these amulets and talisman are still found in many Muslim countries with their widespread use, popularity, money and fame.
So we find numerous Muslims believing there is no harm in using amulets. The reasons for using them differ with some using them for decorative wear and others using them as part of their culture and custom. Although such people may believe these amulets have no powers of warding off evil, they are still using objects of shirk for decorative wear, and this is enough of a reason to abandon their use. Furthermore, their use is still a means by which Shirk may be committed in the future for shaytaan is an ever open enemy to mankind. Once Emaan settles in the heart, the believer begins to naturally develop hatred for anything which symbolizes or is remotely connected with Shirk. When a persons desire to wear such amulets, for whatever reason, only reflects weakness of Emaan and lack of knowledge. The cure is knowledge.
However there are others amongst this Ummah who truly believe that amulets and talisman process some type of power to protect them from the evils of this world, not realizing the tremendous evil of seeking refuge in other than Allah. Such people need to seek knowledge, and those with knowledge should explain the message of Tawheed and the evils of Shirk to them, providing evidences from the book of Allah and the Sunna of Muhammad. If they repent then knowledge is a cure for ignorance. However, if they wilfully persist after knowledge has reached them and continue to use amulets as a means for warding off evil then they have left Islam and joined the Mushrikoon.
to continue Insha Allah