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Silk and Gold in Islam
Dear Brother Ron
Why are silk and hold haram (forbidden) on men in
This is the answer that Yusuf Al-Qaradawi gave to this question at
By means of these two prohibitions which concern men, Islam's aim is to
achieve certain noble educational and moral objectives. Since it is the
religion of jihad (striving) and strength, Islam must safeguard the manly
qualities of men from any show of weakness, passivity, and lethargy. Allah
has made the physique of the man different from that of the woman and it
does not befit a man to wear clothes made of fine material or to adorn his
body with costly ornaments.
There is, however, a social aim underlying these prohibitions. The
prohibition of gold and silk to males is part of a broader Islamic program
of combating luxuriousness in living. From the Qur'anic point of view,
luxurious living leads to weakness among nations and to their eventual
downfall; the existence of luxury is also an expression of social injustice,
as only a few can afford luxurious items at the expense of the deprived
masses of people.
In keeping with the spirit of the Qur'an, the Prophet (peace and blessings
be upon him) forbade Muslims any indulgence in conspicuous consumption. He
not only forbade the use of gold and silk to men but also forbade men and
women alike the use of gold and silver utensils.
Finally, economic considerations also carry some weight here. Since gold is
a universal medium of exchange, using it to make household utensils or
ornaments for men does not make sense in economic terms.
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