Is It Permissible to Wear Gemstones?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I have a question about wearing precious gemstones (sapphire) as someone advised me that it is not suitable for everyone and might cause some ill effects. As a Muslim, I believe that only Allah Most High has the power to change a person’s life rather than materialistic and nonliving things. Please clarify.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is permissible for a woman to wear any precious stones. However, according to the relied upon position, scholars only allowed men to wear silver rings (including the ‘aqiq stone). All other types of adornment are not permitted for men. [Mawsili, al-Ikhtiyar fi T’alil al-Mukhtar]

As Muslims, we do not believe in nor ascribe any unique role to the stones themselves. These stones are created things, and all created things depend on Allah Most High, who alone is the sole possessor of ability.

Excluded are things that have some utility to them and are not solely for adornment, such as a wristwatch.

See this link for more details:
Is It Permissible For Someone To Wear a Bracelet With Their Birthstone In It?

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.