Q: Are Muslim men allowed to wear any silver jewellery like chains on the neck which are very thin and small in size? I know it is allowed to wear a ring but am not sure about chains.
A: Wearing a silver chain, regardless of its size, is impermissible for men.
This is because chains, necklaces, and earrings are for the beautification of women, and it is not allowed for men to imitate women or vice-versa:
“The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) cursed those men who imitate women and those women that imitate men.”
The ring is an exception to the rule, because it is established that Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) possessed and wore a silver ring. That too was out of a necessity relating to his (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) administrative and da’wah responsibilities:
“The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) intented to write to Kisra, Ceasar and An-Najashi, so it was said: They do not accept letters without a seal. So the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) got a seal made, the ring of which was made of silver and engraved on it – Muhammad, Messenger of Allah -”
For those serving in their capacity as rulers, judges, trustees, and the like who need a seal, it is Sunnah for them to wear a silver ring.
For the rest of us, it is permissible to wear a silver ring but it’s better not to wear it, since it is evident that Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) only had the ring made when it became necessary for the purpose of sending letters to rulers and kings.
Men are limited to a silver ring weighing less than 1 Mithqaal (4.35g) as per an authentic hadith narrated by Imam Abu Dawud (rahmatullahi alayhi) and others.
And Allah knows best
Aadiel Moosagie (Mufti)
Council of Ulama Eastern Cape
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