Prohibition of Wearing Gold for Men

Abdullah bin Abbas (radi Allahu anhum) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saw a man wearing a gold ring. So He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) pulled it off and threw it away, saying, “One of you takes a live coal, and puts it on his hand.” It was said to the man after the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had left: “Take your ring and utilize it” whereupon he said: “No, by Allah, I would never take it when the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has thrown it away.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

We learn some lessons from this hadith:

  1. Wearing of any form of gold is prohibited for men. It is very unfortunate indeed that nowadays it has become a popular fashion to present men gold rings on their marriage and they wear it with great pride. It is a very dangerous custom and must be altogether shunned for two reasons. Firstly, it is an unnecessary formality and burden to exchange presents and hold big feasts on betrothal ceremony. It is also open to objection in Islamic law. Secondly, to give and take unlawful things is all the more forbidden and is akin to building one sin over another.
  2. The spirit of obedience mentioned in this Hadith is matchless.

And Allah Knows Best!

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