Manners & Morals

Which Rings Are Men Allowed to Wear?

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Question. I need some scholarly opinion about Platinum rings. In some schools of fiqh, any kind of metal is haram and only silver with some proportion is permissible. But from other websites, only gold is haram and platinum is fine on a condition of non-extravagance. What is your take on it with the knowledge you have in sha-Allah?

Bismillah wal-Hamdulillah was-Salatu was-Salam ‘Ala Rasulillah

Gold rings are haram for men by agreement of scholars, and for the most part, silver rings are allowed.

Scholars differ about non-silver rings.

According to Hanafis, only silver rings of 2.975g or less are allowed for men to wear. Everything else is haram.

Their evidence is the following hadith:

A man came to the Prophet and he was wearing an iron ring. He said:

“Why do I see you wearing the jewelry of the people of Hell?” He threw it away, then he came and he was wearing a brass ring. He said: “Why do I notice the stench of idols from you?” So he threw it away, and said: “O Messenger of Allah, what should I use?” He said: “Silver, but it should not equal a mithqal.” (Nasai, Abu Daud, Tirmidhi)

Many other scholars allow them, some consider them to be makruh (disliked).

Those who allow rings of other than silver for men use the following evidences:

1. The Prophet told a poor man who wanted to marry a woman:

“Try (to find something), even if it were an iron ring.” (Bukhari)

for bridal gift (mahr in Arabic).

2. They consider the above hadith to be da’eef (weak).

Hadith scholars who consider the above report to be problematic or weak:

  • ar-Ruba’ee
  • Nasai
  • Baghawi
  • Nawawi
  • Adheem-abadi
  • Albani
  • Tirmidhi
  • Ibn Rajab
  • Manawi
  • Safareeni
  • Shawkani

Hadith scholars who consider it to be preserved:

  • Abu Daud
  • Ibn Hibban
  • Ibn Hajr
  • Suyuti

In any case, extravagance is not allowed.

Allah knows best.

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