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Wearing a ring on the right index finger

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Answered by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher

I once was told that it is either haram or prohibitively disliked to wear a ring on the right index finger (i.e. the finger in which we raise when reciting the shahada). Is this true? If so, is it haram or makruh? Also, is there a difference in opinion in this matter in the different schools?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wa alaykum assalam wa Rahmatullah,

It is sunna for men to wear a silver ring on the little finger of either their right or left hands. To wear it on any other finger (including the index finger) is disliked (makruh), but not forbidden (haram).

There is a weak position in the Shafi’i school that holds that it is forbidden to wear a ring on any finger other than the little finger, but the strongest position is that it is disliked and not forbidden.

(I’anat al-Talibin, 2.155)

I am not aware what other schools say about this issue.

And Allah knows best.


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