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Is it permissable for men to wear gold/white gold in form of ring or wrist watch?

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Is it permissable for men to wear gold/white gold in form of ring or wrist watch?




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Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4046 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib

The Prophet of Allah (saws) took silk and held it in his right hand, and took gold and held it in his left hand, and said: “both of these are prohibited to the males of my community.”


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 808 Narrated by Abu Musa Ash'ari

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘Wearing silk and gold has been made unlawful for the males of my Ummah and lawful for their females.’


The Messenger of Allah (saws) absolutely forbade and declared it ‘haraam’ for the male believers to adorn themselves with gold, regardless of whether it be gold rings, gold watches, chains, etc.


Ref: White gold

Gold (Symbol ‘Ag’) itself is a yellow metallic element but, in its pure form, it is too soft to be used for general jewelry purposes. Although there are some cultures which do wear pure gold jewelry, it would need to be heavily made and carefully used.

It is usual for gold to be mixed with other metals to produce an alloy, which is simply a mixture of two or more metals. Throughout history, most people have preferred the color of gold jewellery to remain close to that of pure gold itself, and so most jewelry has historically been made using yellow gold alloys. Other metals mixed with gold to produce alloys include copper and silver, which are the common components of most yellow gold alloys; and nickel, zinc, and palladium to produce white alloys.


The absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the metal which is known today as ‘white-gold’ is not a different and distinct element, but an alloy which has the exact same characteristics as the element ‘Gold’ (Symbol ‘Ag’) and thus all the laws of Shariah which apply to gold would also be applicable to its alloy or ‘white-gold’; thus the usage of ‘white-gold’ would also be unlawful for the believing males. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


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