Clothes with the Cross

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Q: What is the ruling for wearing clothes with pagan or kufr logos for e.g. the cross.? If you tell the person that your wearing it and they don't seem bothered etc is this kufr? One maulana said it could be kufr because wearing them Is a way of approving the kufr symbol etc.

The drawing of a cross on the clothes, although it is not a drawing of an animate object, and although the person does not intend it, is also forbidden because it is imitation of the Nasaaraa and imitation of Yahood and Nasaaraa is strictly forbidden (Raddul Muhtaar V5 P44).

If he acknowledges it a wrong, it will not be Kufr but will remain a sin.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Silver Chains for Men

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Q: Can men wear silver chains or 9 carat white gold?

A: Gold and silver jewellery is not permissible for males. (Raddul Muhtaar V5 P229). 

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Watch with White Gold

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Q: Is it allowed to wear the new Rolex Datejust 2 watch, model 116300-72210, which is made of stainless steel, but which has the hour markers with some white gold and also the hour/minute hands made of 18 ct white gold? The color of all this is steel .

It will be permissible to wear the Rolex wristwatch described above because a) the amount of gold is minimal; and b) the hand does not come into direct contact with the gold. Note that white gold is the same as yellow gold. The difference is only in the yellow content.

And Allah Knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Pants above the Ankles

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Q: I have been told by a friend of mine that folding of the pants above the ankles when one reads salaah is a sin and that it is better to let the pants hang below the ankles. He mentions that there is a hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam in Sahih Muslim that advises against folding of the hair and garments in salaah. Kindly advise if this is  correct.

. Many Hadeeth are clear on the prohibition of wearing the pants below the ankles. An example is the Hadeeth in Bukhaari wherein Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) says that whichever portion below the ankles is covered will be in Jahannam.  The pants should permanently be above the ankles, whether in or out of Salaah. If a person wears the pants below the ankles, the least he can do is to fold it when performing Salaah. 

Mufti Siraj adds:
We have seen this pamphlet wherein it is emphasized that the pants should be shortened and not folded when making Salaah. However, the correct view is that the ideal thing is for one to have pants that is permanently above the ankles, even by a few centimetres. But if one has a trouser that is below the ankles, then the least he should do is to fold it up to above the ankles. This folded garment is the lesser of the two evils.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Imitation Rings for Women

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Q: Are women allowed to wear imitation rings?

Imitation rings are not allowed because the Messenger of Allah r prohibited the use of all metal rings besides gold and silver. This includes all types of metal such as copper, brass, etc, and the reason for this was that these types of rings were used by idol worshippers in those days. Note that this prohibition only applies to rings. As for bangles, necklaces, bracelets, etc. these are permissible regardless of whether they are made of metal, gold, silver, plastic, etc. (Raddul Muhtaar V26 P364, Al Jauharatun Nayyirah V6 P154)

Note: This answer was revised on 3 June 2013

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 07:14

Pig Skin Leather Shoes

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Q: Is it permissible to wear shoes that are from pig skin leather?

It is haraam to wear shoes made of pig skin. All parts of the pig are haraam according to the Holy Quran.

Hadith on 9 Carat Gold Rings

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Q: Please send me a copy of the hadith which states that women cannot wear 9 carat gold rings or rings that are not made of gold.

I have enclosed several hadith on the topic of metal rings. Remember that 9 carat gold is an alloy, so it also falls under metal. Therefore, to prove that 9 carat rings are not permissible we simply cite the hadith that prohibits the wearing of metal rings.

1)    Amar bin Shuaib narrates from his father, who narrates from his grandfather that a man sat in the company of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) wearing a gold ring. The Messenger of Allah turned away from this person (to express his displeasure). Then he wore a ring made from metal The Messenger of Allah (Salutations be upon him) remarked: "This is the adornment of the inmates of Hell!" The man went back and returned wearing a silver ring. Upon this the Messenger of Allah remained silent (thus giving his tacit approval).

This hadith has been narrated by Imam Tahaawi in his book, Ma-aanil Aathaar.

2)    Imam Ahmad bin Hambal in his Musnad narrates through a similar chain that The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saw one of his Sahaaba wearing a gold ring, so he turned his back on him (out of displeasure). The Sahaabi then discarded the gold ring and wore a metal or iron ring instead. Upon this the Messenger of Allah remarked: "This is worse. This is the jewellery of the People of Hell-Fire!" The man discarded this, too, and replaced it with a silver ring. The Noble Messenger of Allah this time remained silent.

3)    Imam Ahmad bin Hambal also narrates from Abdullah bin Mu'ammal, who narrates from Ibn Abi Mulaikah, and he from Abdullah bin Amar (radhiyallahu anhu) that he (the latter) once wore a gold ring. Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) looked at it with displeasure. Abdullah bin Amar threw away this ring and adopted a metal ring. The Messenger of Allah remarked: "This is worse and even worse!" Abdullah threw this away as well and wore a silver ring. Upon this The Noble Messenger of Allah remained silent.

4)    Imam Ahmad bin Hambal also narrates from Ammar bin Abu Ammar, that Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu) said that one day Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saw on the finger of someone a gold ring. He commanded him to remove it immediately. The man then wore a metal ring, to which the Messenger of Allah remarked: "This is worse than the first!" He then wore a silver ring, upon which The Rasool of Allah remained silent.

5)    Imam Nasaai and Abu Dawood record the following hadith in their books: Buraidah (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) wearing an iron ring. The Messenger of Allah remarked: "Why do I see on you ornaments of the people of Hell?" The man then discarded this ring. After some time he again came into the presence of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), this time wearing a ring made of copper.  Upon noticing this the Messenger of Allah exclaimed: "Why do I get the smell of idols on you?" The man dsicarded that ring, too. He then said: "O Messenger of Allah! What type of ring should I wear?" The Messenger of Allah replied: "Wear a ring of silver but let it not amount to a complete mithqaal (approx. 4,374 grams)."

This hadith has also been ratified by Imam Ibni Habban, who records it in his As-Saheeh.

6)    Abdullah bin Amar narrates that undoubtedly the Messenger of Allah had forbidden the wearing of gold and iron rings. (Narrated by Tibraani and all the narrators are reliable - Haitami in Majm'uz-Zawaa id.)

7)    A man came to the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) wearing a metal ring. The Noble Messenger remarked: "May Allah not cleanse that hand which has a metal ring." (Tibraani - with a chain of reliable narrators)

8)    Thauban (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) passed by one of his companions who had on a finger ring made from brass. The Messenger of Allah enquired: "What's the reason for this?" He replied: 'I am wearing this to alleviate a pain in my shoulder.' The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: "Take it off." (Tibrani) In a similar hadith narrated by Abu Umaama  (radhiyallahu anhu) the Messenger of Allah is reported to have told this Sahaabi: "This ring only serves to increase pain. Remove it." (Tibraani)

9)    After narrating some of the above ahadeeth, Imam Muhammed bin Hasan As-Shaybani (of the Hanafi Scholars) states in his book Kitabul-Aathaar: We do not approve of  rings made from gold or metal, except silver for men. As for women, they are allowed to wear gold. And this is the view of Abu Hanifa as well. He also states in another work on hadith, Al-Muatta (similar to the work of Imam Malik bin Anas): It is not permissible for men to wear rings of gold, steel, copper, brass, etc, except rings made of silver.

From all the above narrations, which are authentic and reliable, and tenable as evidence for practice, it is established that rings of gold and metal have been forbidden for menfolk by the Messenger of Allah, while silver rings were permitted.
And Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

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