Islam - Ahmadiyya

Gold and Silk

 

 

Obviously in different times there are different things which stand for an extravagant life style. Also, some people wear these things in order to make a display of their wealth. The prohibition may refer to this. 



       

Gold and Silk

 

 

Why is gold and silk prohibited for men?

 

Question:

Assalaamu alaikum Can someone explain to me the reason for the prohibition of gold and silk for men? One brother told me that it is due to the value that men have one these two items. We are also forbidden to drink from gold vessels. But it is alright for men to wear copper and silver. But gold is strictly haram.

Then my question is what about platinum jewelry which is worth more than gold? I personally do not wear gold. Partly due to the fact that I was taught that Muslim men are forbidden to wear gold, and secondly because I happen to like the way silver looks upon my person. Silk attire I do not even have an understanding about that prohibition. I don't wear it so it doesn't become an issue with me. But what does silk and gold have to do with a Muslim brother performing his duties to Allah? It sure doesn't seem like it hinders the sisters from doing so. Wa alikum assalaam, Sirraj Saddiq

Answer:

The reason for this teaching is to encourage Muslims to lead simple lives and not to be extravagant in matters of clothes, food etc. Also in case of men, wearing such things constitutes more of an extravagance than in case of women (for whom it may be more natural to wear them than for men). The wearing of such things is also symbolic of leading lives of care-free laziness rather than of hard work.

Once this is understood, then you can apply your own judgment to determine whether things like platinum jewelry constitute excessive self-indulgence or not. Obviously in different times there are different things which stand for an extravagant life style.

Also, some people wear these things in order to make a display of their wealth. The prohibition may refer to this.

If wearing such things is done moderately, avoiding the pitfalls mentioned above, then Allah may not take the person to task.

Please also remember that the Quran makes no such specific prohibitions and indeed says: "Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has brought forth for His servants, and the good provisions?" (7:32)

So the hadith has to be understood in this context.

Zahid Aziz

 

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