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Jewellery and Males, etc.

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mahmoodiyah


Q1-Why isn’t it permissible for males to wear chains and bracelets

Q2-Why isn’t it permissible to cut hair short back and sides? could you please give good reason to explain to the youngsters?




It has been narrated by Ibne Abbas (R.A.) that:  “Nabi (S.A.W.) cursed those men who choose to imitate females and those females who choose to imitate males.”  (Bukhari, Vol. 2, Page 874) 

It has also been narrated by Ibne Umar (R.A.) that Nabi (S.A.W.) said:  “Whosoever imitates a nation is from amongst them.”  (Mishkaat, Page 375, Hadith 4146)

From the abovementioned Ahaadith we understand that Islam has kept a distinctive quality for itself from the other creeds and a distinctive nature for males from females and vice versa.  It is for this very reason that Nabi (S.A.W.) cursed the abovementioned people so that Islam can stand out as a unique and matchless religion.  In both these situations, i.e. males wearing chains and bracelets and cutting short back and sides, one is trying to fit himself in the category other than the one that Allah Ta’ala has destined for him.  In the case of chains and bracelets he is trying to imitate females and is claiming to be unhappy to be created as a male.  Similarly, in the case of cutting his hair short back and sides (mushroom haircut) he is in actual fact following the fashions of the Kuffar thus claiming to be unhappy to be a Muslim. 

One should also note that a female is more in need of beautifying herself than a male that is why gold and silver are Halaal for females whereas only a restricted amount of silver in a ring is permissible for males.  This is why Allamah Ibni Qayyim (R.A.A.) says that by making gold and silk Haraam on males Allah Ta’ala has made Haraam the means of imitating the females, the doer of which is cursed.  (Ahkaam-e-Islam ‘Aql ki Nazar main, Page 328)

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Ilyaas bin Hashim Limbada

Attested to as correct by:

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah


07 June 2004

18 Rabee’ul Aakhir 1425

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