In which hand should we wear our watch? Is it permissible to wear it in our left hand?

In which hand should we wear our watch?  Is it permissible to wear it in our left hand?

Answer

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Assalāmu ῾alaykum wa Rahmatullāhi Wabarakātuh

 

It is permissible to wear the watch on either hand on the condition that:

  1. Wearing a watch on that particular hand is not the salient feature (shiʿār) of the disbelievers

  2. It does not resemble the opposite gender

 

However, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم liked to do all good things with his right hand.  Wearing a watch is a good act such that it helps a person keep track of time for punctuality and prayer times.  Therefore, if a person wears his/her watch on the right hand with this intention, he/she will merit thawāb, inshāAllāh. 

 

As for permissibility, to wear the watch in either hand is permissible without any dislike, as long as the above two conditions are met.

 

(فتاوى محمودية، كتاب الحظر والإباحة، باب استعمال الذهب والفضة، الفصل الرابع: 19/360-361؛ فاروقية)

 

And Allāh Ta῾āla Knows Best

Wassalāmu ῾alaykum

 

Mufti  Abrar Mirza, (Chicago, US)
Checked and Approved by:

 

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Dārul Iftā, Madrasah In῾āmiyyah

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