Can Men Wear Gold-Coloured Jackets?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


Can men wear the cold-weather jacket, which utilizes silver or gold metallic foil liner (which is claimed to improve heat retention)?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to what pleases Him. Amin.

If the jacket’s lining is made of real gold, it is impermissible for men to wear it, but if it is merely gold in color and does not resemble women’s clothing, it would be permissible to wear it, and Allah knows best.

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Adornment in Islam

Beautification and elegance are not merely permitted but are required by Islam, and in general, it repudiates any attempts to prohibit them. [Qaradawi, The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam]

Allah (Most High) says, “Say: Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has brought forth for His servants, and the good things of His providing?” [Quran, 7: 32]

Islam has, however, prohibited two kinds of adornment for men while permitting them to women.

Gold and Silk are Forbidden for Men

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) took some silk in his right hand and some gold in his left, declaring, “These two are unlawful for the males among my followers.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Ibn Hayyan, and Ibn Maja, who reports the additional phrase, “but lawful for the females.”]

Imam Nawawi said, “Concerning gold rings, they are unlawful for men according to scholarly consensus. The same applies if they are part gold and part silver. Our companions said: If the top of the ring is gold or lightly plated with gold, it is unlawful because of the general meaning of the hadith concerning silk and gold, “These two are unlawful for the males of my ummah and lawful for the females.” [Nawawi, Sharh Sahih Muslim]

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I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar Shaykh Taha Karaan (Allah have mercy on him), where he taught.

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Shaykh Muhammad Awama, Shaykh Muhammad Hasan Hitu, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has been the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and, for six years, the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has fifteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic podcast, education, and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and has completed his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy Prophetic living and fitness.