06-09-05, 12:43 PM
salaam all, can somebody please clarify what is haram and what is not for men wearing jewelry? are men allowed to wear a ta'weez?
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First of all, we'd like to state that the Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) declared that a woman should not wear a man's clothing or vice versa. He cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men. (Reported by Al-Bukhari and others.) Aspects of such imitation include the manner of speaking, walking, dressing, moving, and so on. Therefore, it is not permissible for men to wear chains even if they are silver chains.
In this regard, Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author, states:
"With regard to wearing chains, this is not permissible for men, because this is an imitation of women, and there is no report that says that it is permissible for men to wear chains made of silver.
Wearing adornments on the wrist and neck, and on the ears, is an imitation of women, as this is something that is only for women. So it is not permissible for men to wear bracelets, earrings, anklets, or chains."
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, adds:
"Generally speaking, it is considered either forbidden or undesirable for men to wear silver chains or bracelets, the reason being that it is considered as copying women in their specific form of attire or adornments. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has warned us against copying women in their attire or style of dress or adornments.
Furthermore, we are advised to follow as closely as possible the life-style of As-Salaf As Salih (the pious predecessors); there is no mention in the sources that they ever wore such adornments. They only wore rings or artificial teeth and the like that do not fall in the category of adornments or jewelry."
Moreover, the eminent Muslim scholar Dr. `Abdel-Fattah Idrees, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University states:
"Dearest brother, you should know that wearing a chain around the neck is a characteristic of women, who do so to beautify themselves for their husbands.
Men wearing these forms of adornments or chains imitate women, which is unlawful in Islam. In this context, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is reported to have said, "May Allah curse men who imitate women, and vice versa."
Accordingly, it is unlawful for men to wear such chains irrespective of whether they are made of gold or not.”
Can men wear silver jewelery like rings, chains etc ?
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With regard to men wearing rings of silver: this is permissible and there is nothing wrong with it.
Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wanted to send a letter to the Romans, he was told that they would not read any letter unless it had a seal on it, so he took a ring of silver. It is as if I can see it shining on his hand, and engraved on it were the words ‘Muhammad the Messenger of Allaah.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5537; Muslim 2092).
A similar report was also narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (al-Bukhaari, 5528; Muslim, 2091).
Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) was asked about men wearing silver, and he said: As for rings of silver, this is permissible according to the consensus of the imaams, for it was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had a ring of silver and that his companions wore rings. This is unlike gold rings, which are forbidden according to the consensus of the four imaams. It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade that. As for wearing silver, there is no general statement that it is forbidden, and no one has the right to say that it is forbidden if there is no shar’i evidence (daleel) to that effect. As the Sunnah permits wearing silver rings, this is evidence that wearing silver is permissible…”(Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa, 25/63-65).
With regard to wearing chains, this is not permissible for men, because this is an imitation of women, and there is no report which says that it is permissible for men to wear chains made of silver.
Wearing adornments on the wrist and neck, and on the ears, is an imitation of women, as this is something that is only for women. So it is not permissible for men to wear bracelets, earrings, anklets, or chains. For more information please see Question #(4021).
And Allaah knows best.
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