Most aspects of religion and jewelry are considerably intertwined. Divinity is the most personal form of expression that exists. By this simple fact, jewelry, the most intimate form of adornment, is usually the principal medium for conveying its symbolic power. Since time immemorial, jewels are associated with various rudiments of spirituality and are the ultimate exaltation of divinity through extravagance.
For people of the Muslim faith, jewelry pieces that exist in the industry are nearly endless. There are tasbih prayer beads, Arabic faith message pendants, crescent charms, and jewelry pieces with evil eye motifs. In as much so, the Quran has its view on different jewelry items.
Here, we will look at what the Quran says about various ornaments, confirm whether Pakistani men wear jewelry items, and deduce whether men wear chains in Islam. Also, we will evaluate the reasons why male Muslims aren’t allowed to wear gold. Lastly, we will look into a few tips for wearing artificial jewelry items in Islam.
What does the Quran say about jewelry?
The Qur’an forbids us not to be excessive in material things, including dressing. When we look at Hadith, we find more details on jewelry items.
Hadith identifies that Muslim women have no restrictions on whatever jewelry items they choose to wear. However, when it comes to men, they are not to wear gold and silk items.
In particular, men can wear rings without stones or any made of silver.
Along with this, Muslims should be careful not to feel high and mighty or become arrogant because of the ornaments that they choose to wear.
Do Pakistani men wear jewelry?
Islam is unequivocal in this specific matter. Pakistani men should not dress like women neither should vice versa happen.
By this instruction alone, men cannot wear gold rings, jewelry, bracelets, chains, silk, or women’s clothes as they seem effeminate.
However, they can wear one silver ring if they must and put it on their ring finger on the left hand.
Can men wear chains in Islam?
In Islam, there is no dalil discussing this matter directly. However, we will base our conclusion on the words of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and the Hadith.
Men can wear necklaces as long as it doesn’t break any rules and prohibitions given by Islamic laws. If the intent is to wear it as any unadorned item and not as jewelry, then that is permissible.
Or if there is an obligation that associates with wearing the chain, then that should be fine. An example setter is if the man is wearing the necklace as an identity item when going to Hajj or similar events.
If he uses the neckpiece as an embellishment, then it is considered pride and arrogance, which are contraband in Islam.
Why is it not allowed for a male Muslim to wear gold?
The prohibition on male Muslims wearing gold also includes alloys made of gold, items with gold inlays, and jewelry pieces made of pure gold. You will not find any instances where a man has the freedom to wear gold except when the jewelry item is known as gold but isn’t gold.
You may come across adornments with a golden color that does not have any real gold material. These are permissible. So is white gold. White gold has Platinum, which is allowed. However, gold plated with a coating of this precious metal is haram because, in reality, the man would be wearing yellow gold.
The actual reason as to why Muslim men cannot wear gold is because of the prohibition to the effect mentioned by Prophet Mohammad Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam. As far as his wisdom goes, we can establish that Islam as a religion entirely focuses on the afterlife. The adornments of the world are transitory. For this reason, you are better off spiritually when you practice less attachment to worldly things.
Primarily, God has given human beings gold as a type of currency that facilitates trade. Using it as a type of adornment, in this case, would then extend the scope of its functionality beyond its purpose. In as much as gold is permissible for women, they do not wear it as an adornment. Be that as it may, it is a concession granted unto them.
Generally speaking, adornments like gold and silk enhance a woman’s beauty. On the contrary, men are simplistic. Gold, therefore, is overkill. And, for this reason, this concession cannot extend to male Muslims.
Tips for wearing artificial jewelry in Islam
A woman can wear any ornament made of silver, gold, and silk or artificial jewelry. She can wear any embellishment to beautify herself unless it reaches a certain degree of lavishness, like using Kahl jars, gold or silver beds, knives, etc.
Islamic laws permit women to also use jewelry as a means of pleasure and satisfaction for their husbands.
In as much so, it is impermissible for women to wear jewelry made from other substances such as metal and wood.
It is an offensive act to wear rings or jewelry made from brass, iron, lead, and copper for both women and men.
To add to that, if the various types of rings or jewelry items have silver or gold plating, then there is nothing wrong when women wear them. When we look at al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya, we can identify the verse that says;
“There is nothing wrong in wearing a ring made of iron, but is plated with silver in a way that the iron is not visible.”
Islamic interpretations of ornaments are varied. Conversely, Muslim men and women should always look neat and well-groomed at all times. On the other hand, restrictions set where important Islamic principles are at risk.
The point is, men have the freedom to wear regalia, such as necklaces and rings, but are not allowed to wear any golden ornaments.
Women have the freedom to wear any ornamental piece as long as it does not lead to pride and overkill.
Whatever the case, precious-stones are considered worldly and cannot compare to whatever awaits human beings in paradise with Allah.