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Silk and Gold in Islam

 

Dear Brother Ron

 

Why are silk and hold haram (forbidden) on men in Islam?

 

Forsure

 

Dear Forsure

 

This is the answer that Yusuf Al-Qaradawi gave to this question at http://www.islamonline.net

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.

Hope this helps

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Brother Ron