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I wanted to know that is it permitted to wear a pendant with Allah or Muhammad (PBUH) inscribed on it? If it is then is it just permitted or is it recommended. Obviously not gold, but silver.

ANSWER

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

The books in the Hanafi Madhhab explicitly state that, it is impermissible for a man to wear a necklace, pendant or any other type of jewellery except for a silver ring.

The great Hanafi jurist (faqih), Imam al-Haskafi (Allah have mercy on him) states:

“It is not permissible for a man to adorn himself with any type of gold and silver besides a ring….. And it is impermissible to wear a ring except that which is made from silver.” (See: Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr, 6/359, fasl fi al-libas)

Thus, it will be unlawful for a man to wear a pendent whether it is from gold, silver or any other substance.

As far as a woman is concerned, it would be permitted for her to wear a pendant with a Qur’anic verse or Allah’s name inscribed on it. However, two points must be taken into consideration:

a) If the pendant has a Qur’anic verse inscribed on it, then she should not wear it during her menstruation, for wearing a pendant entails direct contact with a verse of the Qur’an.

b) It must be removed before entering into the toilet/bathroom.

And Allah knows best

[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

This answer was collected from Daruliftaa.com, which is headed by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari. He’s based in the United Kingdom.

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