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Can men wear jewelry

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Are men allowed to wear jewelry? isit permissable for a man to wear a silver chain? i have been told that doing so is Haraam.. Please shed some light on this matter.



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Can Men wear Jewelry

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There is absolutely no evidence in the example of the Messenger of Allah (saws) or his noble companions that they would adorn themselves with jewelry.  It is indeed a fact that the Messenger of Allah (saws) wore a silver ring, but that was only when he had established an Islamic State in Madinah, and the ring was used as a seal during his correspondence with the leaders of other tribes.  There is absolutely no evidence that the Messenger of Allah (saws) wore the ring or any other form of jewelry prior to his becoming the leader of the Islamic State in Madinah. 


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.774         Narrated by Ibn Abbas

The Prophet invoked the curse of Allah on the effeminate men (those men who imitate or assume the manners or characteristics of women) and those women who assume the manners (and characteristics) of men.


Adornment and aids of beauty (like make-up, jewelry, chains, bangles, ear-rings, etc.) are a characteristics specific to women, and it absolutely does not behove a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to adorn himself with something that enhances the beauty of women! 


Although usage of the metal silver is not prohibited for men in Islam, to wear a silver chain only as an adornment of beauty would not behove and befit one amongst the believing males who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, and it would be best if they would abstain from every such adornment which is specific to the women.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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