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Is Wearing a Silver Bracelet Permissible for Men?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Is wearing a silver bracelet permissible for men?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

It is not permissible for men to wear jewellery made from silver or otherwise. However, the silver ring is excluded from this general ruling as it is established in the sunna.

The reason for this is that making oneself up with jewellery and the like is deemed to be unmanly, and the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) cursed those who resemble or imitate women. [Bukhari] A silver bracelet may also be deemed problematic given its resemblance to the adornment of those outside of the faith.

Consequently, dress modestly well, in accordance with the sunna, and ask Allah Most High to make your inward consonant with your outward. Then, let that and your good character be your adornment.

[Haskafi, al-Durr al-Mukhtar; ShaykhiZada, Majma‘ al-Anhur]

Please also see: What Kinds of Jewelry and Body Piercing Are Permissible for Men? and: What Are the Details Regarding the Sunna of Wearing a Ring for Men?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.