We often listen such questions, can men wear gold in islam ? what about wearing silver ? Can men wear rings , chains watches ? Are all types of jewelry haraam for men ? What about gem stones ?
Lets have a look at few ahadeeth:
`Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “If anyone from my ummah wears gold and dies wearing it, Allah will deny him the gold of Paradise. If anyone from my ummah wears silk and dies wearing it, Allah will deny him the silk of Paradise.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad.)
And at another place about gold and silk, the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
“These two are forbidden for the men of my nation, permissible for the women.” (Abu Dawud no. 4057, An-Nasa’i no. 5147 and Ibn Majah no. 3595)
White Gold, Platinum :
In case of white gold, though its not pure gold but still it has a high percentage of gold. So It must not be used by men, according to some schools of thought, while some consider it permissible. Platinum is not allowed. And gem stones are allowed, but remember, ALLAH controls your fate. A piece of stone cannot make your wishes come true, so if you are wearing it for luck , be aware ! you are going terribly wrong whether you are man or women.
Gold plating , Gold Alloys:
The prohibition of gold for men includes pure gold, gold alloys, cut pieces, joined pieces, gold inlay, etc. As for gold-plating and gilding, some scholars are of the opinion that such articles are forbidden for men if it is possible to extract gold from them (by peeling or shaving, for example); if no gold can be extracted from it, then such items are permitted. But let’s have a look on following hadeeth, which can help you in a better decision :
“Whoever avoids doubtful matters has absolved himself (from wrong) in his religion and in his honor.” (Muslim no. 2090)
Isn’t your religion and honor more worth than a gold plated watch or cuff link ?
Why can’t men wear gold in islam while its Halaal for women ?
Allaah, may He be glorified, has created mankind and made them of two genders, male and female, and He has given each of them its own characteristics which are suited to the role that each of them has to play in this life. Men have roles and tasks that women cannot do, and women have roles and tasks that men cannot do. In same way both have different interests . Likewise their attire is different and there is different criteria of adornment and beautification for both genders. So a reason of permission of gold and silver for women can be because of their delicate and gentle nature, and their inclination to like adornment. Allah says: “Do they then like for Allah a creature who is brought up in adornments (wearing gold and silk ornaments, i.e., women) and in dispute cannot make herself clear.” (Az-Zukhruf: 18)
As for men, it is a sign of instability and an un-masculine nature to adorn oneself with gold. Islam wants the differences between the sexes to be clearly defined, and their distinctive characteristics to stand out, because when they resemble each another, a great deal of corruption results therefrom.
Is all sort of jewelry haram ?
Luckily no. if you are man , and want to wear some sort of jewelry , there is an option . hadeeth below can clarify many of your confusions:
It is Haram to wear other than a silver ring, because of what Imam Tahawi related with his chain of narrators to Sayyiduna Imran ibn Husain and Sayyiduna Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with both of them) that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) forbade the wearing of gold rings. And it is narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) wearing a ring made of brass. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: What is it that I smell the odour of idols from you, so he got rid of the ring. Then he came to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) wearing a ring made of iron. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: What is it that I find on you the adornment of the people of hell fire, so he got rid of it and said: From what substance should I make my ring O Messenger of Allah? The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: Make it from silver that is less then one Mithqal.
So finally here is your key :
A silver ring , with weight less than one mithqal (4.5 Mashas or 67.5 grains troy), And any gem stone may or may not be added as per your choice.
Disclaimer: This article is not a religious fatwa, it just a collection of information by author and his/her own point of view.