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Sterling Silver Ring for Men

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 I wanted to get some clarity regarding men wearing Sterling Silver rings. I checked around and companies don’t offer regular silver rings…only Sterling Silver. Would it be permissible for men to wear Sterling Silver? if not what about Stainless Steel rings? Is their a specific material the ring must not exceed to be considered permissible? 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, men can wear only silver/sterling silver ring or a ring which is plated with silver[1].

Therefore, it is permissible for men to wear sterling silver ring[2] as long as the silver in the ring weighs 4.374 grams or less[3].

It is not permissible for men to wear stainless steel ring[4]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Immad Bin Arshad

Student Darul Iftaa
California, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] Look at the next footnote

[2] Sterling silver is an alloy created when copper is added to pure silver in order to make the resulting compound more durable and less soft.

Usually, sterling silver has a purity of 92.5%, meaning that 7.5% of the alloy is made of copper or another metal (usually nickel or zinc).


[3]المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني (5/ 349)

وفي «الفتاوى» : ولا بأس بأن يتخذ خاتم حديد قد سوي عليه فضة، وألبس بفضة حتى لا يرى؛ لأن التزين يقع بالفضة دون الحديد؛ لأن الحديد ليس بظاهر، ذكر في «الجامع الصغير» وينبغي أن يكون قدر فضة الخاتم المثقال ولا يزاد عليه، وقيل: لا يبلغ به المثقال

[4] (وَأَمَّا) التَّخَتُّمُ بِمَا سِوَى الذَّهَبِ وَالْفِضَّةِ مِنْ الْحَدِيدِ وَالنُّحَاسِ وَالصِّفْرِ فَمَكْرُوهٌ لِلرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ جَمِيعًا لِأَنَّهُ زِيُّ أَهْلِ النَّارِ لِمَا رَوَيْنَا مِنْ الْحَدِيثِ.

(بدائع الصنائع، ج ٦،ص ٥٢٦، دار الكتب العلمية)؛

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