Wearing Minute Amounts of Gold

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked about the permissibility of wearing watches with minute amounts of gold on the face or the movements.



Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Islam forbids men from wearing any gold. Is it halal to wear a stainless steel watch with gold on the hands? What if there’s no gold on the outside of the watch, but there’s gold used in the inside movement of the watch? I heard even some smart watches use gold in the components.

I would like to know the Islamic point of view on these questions.

I’ve been thinking about buying a particular watch that has a small amount of gold on the dial, when no gold can touch the hand.



Wa alaykum assaalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Dear questioner,

If the gold is only atoms think, which is often case, and it is such that a goldsmith could not extract any real among of gold from it, then it would be perfectly fine. (Bushra al-Karim)

If you ask the company, I’m almost certain that’s what they will tell you.

I pray this helps.



Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


Can Men Wear White Gold or Silk Ties?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: I have a question regarding the permissibility of men (Shafii and Hanafi) wearing hite gold. This would be in regards to watches specifically. I have heard conflicting opinions, with a reference to tarnished gold being permissible (in Reliance of the Traveller). Could you provide clarification?

In addition, I would like to know if men (Shafii and Hanafi) can wear silk ties? Again, I have heard conflicting opinions, one of which indicates the width of the tie ascertains whether it can be worn.

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

1. White gold. The only jewelry permissible for men is a silver ring. Rings of any other substance are not permitted, according to both the Hanafis and Shafi`is. [Mawsu`a Fiqhiyya, and Hashiyat Ibn Abidin]

2. If ties are from real silk (=that which is produced from the thread of silkworms), then they are not permitted. Now, while the Hanafi school permits a certain amount of silk in clothes, this is only if it is not entirely or overwhelmingly made from silk, such as silk piping or embroidery.

It is permitted without dislike to wear items of clothing in which there is less than 50% silk content. Entire items, such as silk ties, are not permitted. [Naf` al-Mufti wa’l Sa’il of Imam Abd al-Hayy al-Lakhnawi; Nahlawi, al-Hadhr wa’l Ibaha]


Faraz Rabbani

The Wearing of Silk and Jewelry

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: I have heard an opinion related to the hadith forbidding gold and silk which states that the reason the Prophet, may peace and mercy of Allah be upon him, forbade us from wearing gold and silk was because they were expensive commodities in that era, as they are now, and that the prohibition is related to wearing things which are very expensive.

Also, since silk is relatively not that expensive now, I have seen men wear silk shirts because they are following the opinion stated above. At the same time, I have seen people wear extremely expensive clothes, is it ok to do so if it is not being done out of riya’?

What is the essence of the hadith, and how shall it be interpreted?

Answer: I’m not aware of a legal position–within mainstream Sunni scholarship–permitting gold or silk for men on the basis of specifying the legal cause of the prohibition being expensiveness.

(Even in the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), where were things more expensive than gold, and clothing more expensive than silk.)

And if that were the case, then why only for men?

As for the “opinions” of those not ascribing to recognized scholarship, “their presence is no more consequential than their absence,” as the scholars would say.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani