[Q-ID0622] Can men wear 9 carat gold?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Can men wear 9 carat gold (jewellery)?

Questioner: Qasim from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

It is not permissible for men to wear a 9 carat gold ring, as according to my research, there is 37.5% pure gold, 20% copper and 42.5% silver in 9 carat gold, which can be seen on the following official and reliable website – World Gold Council – https://www.gold.org/about-gold/gold-jewellery.

The reason for this being impermissible is that men may only wear one silver ring; they are not even permitted to wear rings made from any other metal, let alone such a ring which is 37.5% gold.

Just as it is stated in Bahār-e-Sharī’at that men are only permitted to wear one silver ring. To wear rings from other metals is also harām [unlawful]. For example, to wear rings made from iron, brass, copper and zinc etc.

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol 3, part 16, pg 426]

It is harām for men to wear gold due to the actual text of the Hadīth, just as it is stated in a Hadīth of Sunan Abū Dāwūd and Sunan Nasā’ī. It is narrated from Sayyidunā ‘Alī, may Allāh be pleased with him; he stated that,

“إِنَّ نَبِيَّ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَخَذَ حَرِيرًا فَجَعَلَهُ فِي يَمِينِهِ، وَأَخَذَ ذَهَبًا، فَجَعَلَهُ فِي شِمَالِهِ، ثُمَّ قَالَ:‏‏‏‏ إِنَّ هَذَيْنِ حَرَامٌ عَلَى ذُكُورِ أُمَّتِي”

“The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ took hold of some silk in his blessed right hand, and some gold in his blessed left, then he ﷺ stated that, ‘These two are forbidden for the males of my Ummah.’”

[Sunan Abū Dāwūd, vol 4, pg 71, Hadīth no 4057]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali

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