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ruling regarding wedding rings for men? If
permissible, can they be of any material other than
gold? What other metals, other than gold, is
prohibited for men?
Praise be to Allaah.
to men wearing gold, whether it is a ring or anything
else, it is not permissible under any circumstances,
because the Prophet (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be
Upon Him) forbade gold for the males of this ummah. He
saw a man wearing a ring of gold and he (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) took if from his hand
and said, "Would any one of you take a coal from the
fire and hold it in his hand?" (Narrated by Muslim,
al-Libaas wa'l-Zeenah, 3897). So it is not permissible
for the Muslim male to wear a gold ring. But with
regard to rings of silver or any other kind of metal,
it is permissible for men to wear them even if they
are precious metals.
With regard to the wedding ring, which is worn on the
occasion of marriage, this is not one of the customs
of the Muslims. If it is believed that it generates
love between the spouses, and that taking it off and
not wearing it will have an effect on the marital
relationship, then this is regarded as a form of shirk
and is a kind of jaahili belief. Based on the above,
it is not permissible to wear a wedding ring under any
Firstly, because it is an imitation of those who are
no good; it is a custom that has come to the Muslims
from the non-Muslims.
Secondly, if that is accompanied by the belief that it
has an effect on the marital relationship, then this
is a kind of shirk. Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa
Billaah (there is no power and no strength except with
(From a fatwa issued by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan).
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen was asked about the ruling on
wearing engagement rings. He said: The engagement ring
is a kind of ring, and there is nothing wrong with
rings in principle, unless that is accompanied by some
belief, as some people do when the man writes his name
on the ring that he gives to his fiancée, and she
writes her name on the ring that she gives to him,
believing that this will create strong bonds between
the couple. In this case, this ring is haraam, because
it is an attachment to something for which there is no
basis in Islam and which makes no sense. Similarly,
with regard to the engagement ring, it is not
permissible to the man to put it on his fiancée's
hand, because she is not his wife yet and she is still
a stranger (non-mahram) to him, because she is not his
wife until after the marriage contract has been done.
See al-Fataawa al-Jaami'ah li'l-Mar'ah al-Muslimah,
vol. 3, p. 914-915
See also Question no. 11446.