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Two important queries regarding men wearing Silver Rings and other types of Jewellery like Necklaces and Watches. (See below for exact questions)

Answer

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

1. Men wearing silver rings are limited to 4.86g & Sterling Silver is 92% pure silver, so is it permissible for men to wear such rings?

Firstly, the purity of the silver in the ring and the weight of the ring are two completely different matters. In principle, men are permitted to wear only silver rings or rings which are plated with silver, with the condition that they are limited to 4.86g (or lower).

With regards to Sterling silver, it must be noted that this is an alloy created when copper is added to pure silver. As you indicate in your question, 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).

As indicated by the name, the predominant metal in Sterling Silver is indeed Silver itself. Thus, it will be regarded as silver and it will be permissible for men to wear (if limited to 4.86g), as outlined above.

2. Can men wear other jewellery like necklaces and watches?

Wearing a standard-watch, for the purpose of keeping track of time, is perfectly fine. However, one should avoid gold-watches. Furthermore, men should avoid wearing necklaces and all other types of jewellery. As outlined above, the ring is an exception, because it is established that Rasulullah ﷺ possessed and wore a silver ring. Thus, despite the discussion of whether it is better for the man to use a ring or avoid, it is permissible nonetheless.

والعلم عند الله 

And Allah knows best

DeenSpire / 10 Dhul-Qa’dah 1441/ 1 July 2020

Approved by: Mufti Muhammad Tahir Wadi (UK), Mufti Yusuf ilolvi (India)

Note: All relevant references can be found below.


[References]

قال في الجامع الصغير (ص٢٣٢ ، ): ولا يتختّم إلا بالفضة. انتهى – وقال الكاساني في البدائع (٦/٥٢٦): (ومنها) الفضة لأن النص الوارد بتحريم الذهب على الرجال يكون واردا بتحريم الفضة دلالة فيكره للرجال استعمالها في جميع ما يكره استعمال الذهب فيه إلا التختم به. وهكذا قال ابن نجيم في بحر الرائق (٨/٣٤٩ ، علمية). وقال الحصكفي في درّ المختار (٥/٥٥٣ ، فرفور): وغالب الفضة والذهب فضة وذهب. انتهى – وقال ابن عابدين في رد المحتار (٦/٣٦٠ ، الفكر) وابن مازه في المحيط البرهاني (٣/٣٤٩) نقلاً عن التتارخانية: لا بأس بأن يتخذ خاتم حديد قد سوي عليه فضة وألبس بفضة حتى لا يرى. انتهى – وقال ابن نجيم في بحر الرائق (٨/٣٤٠ ، علمية): ولا يزيد وزنه على مثقال لقوله – عليه الصلاة والسلام – «اتخذه من ورق ولا تزده على مثقال». انتهى – وقال الكاساني في البدائع (٦/٥٢٦): (وأما) التختم بما سوى الذهب والفضة من الحديد والنحاس والصفر فمكروه للرجال والنساء .جميعا وقال ابن عابدين (٦/٣٥٩): فعلم أن التختم بالذهب والحديد والصفر حرام. انتهى – وأخرج البخاري (٥٨٨٥) عن ابن عباس: لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المتشبهين من . ، الرجال بالنساء ، والمتشبهات من النساء بالرجال. وقال ابن حجر في الفتح (١٠/٣٣٢): قال الطبري المعنى لا يجوز للرجال التشبه بالنساء في اللباس والزينة التي تختص بالنساء ولا العكس. انتهى. والله أعلم 

[1] – https://www.romadesignerjewelry.com/blogs/education/what-is-the-difference-between-sterling-silver-and-regular-silver

Two queries regarding men wearing Silver Rings and other types of Jewellery like Necklaces and Watches.

This question was collected from Deenspire.com, which is headed by Mufti Mubasshir Ahmed. He completed his Qur’an Hifz and ‘Alimiyyah in Lancashire and then studied formal Ifta’ syllabus under senior Muftis of the UK. He received his Ifta’ Ijazah from various scholars including Mufti Yusuf Ilolvi Sahib of Gujarat, India and Mufti Tahir Wadee of UK.

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