56) Men Wearing Silk or Gold

Beliefs & Practices, Major Sins / Sunday, August 16th, 2009

In the two Sahihs, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) is reported to have said,

“He who wears silk in this worldly life, will not wear it in the Hereafter.”(Bukhari)

This is a general rule which applies to all classes of people, whether soldiers or otherwise. The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Wearing gold and silk has been made unlawful for the men of my community but permissible for its women.” (Tirmidhi)

On the authority of Huzaifa Ibn Al- Yaman (may Allah be pleased with him) who said,

“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) made it unlawful for us to drink or eat in the vessel of gold or silver, to wear or set on silk.” (Bukhari)

Therefore, he who makes wearing silk by men permissible, he is a disbeliever. The Prophet (pbuh) made it lawful only for the one who suffers from a certain disease such as scabies and for the soldiers in time of fighting. As for wearing silk for only ornament by men, it is unanimously prohibited. Whether it is a hat or a turban. Likewise, if the most of the cloth is silk, it is also unlawful. Wearing gold by men is also unlawful, whether it is a ring or a sheath of sword. It is unlawful to wear or make it. Once, the Prophet (pbuh) saw a man wearing a ring of gold, took it off from his hand and said,

“It is an easier act for anyone of you to handle afire brand than to do such thing.”(Muslim)

Likewise, the embroidery of gold on embellished turban is also unlawful. As for boys wearing gold and silver, the scholars are in disagreement. Some of them consider it permissible and some others consider it unlawful for the generality of the following saying of the Prophet (pbuh),

“These two (gold and silk) are unlawful for men of my Ummah, but lawful for its women.”( Abu Dawud)

Thus, boys are included in this prohibition. This is also the opinion of Imam Ahmad and other (may Allah be pleased with them)

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