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f:1120 -    Can a man have gold in place of the gemstone of the ring?
Country : Bidar, India,
Name : Sajid Khan
Question:     Can a man have gold in place of the gemstone of the ring?  I have heard that in a ring, its body is considered and not its gemstone.
Answer:     For a man, it is permissible to wear a ring of silver.  Its weight should be less than 1 Mithqaal.  In modern terms, this equals 3.03775 grams.  Gold is forbidden for men, be it in the band of the right or as its gemstone.

What you have read that the band is to be considered and not the gemstone is true.  However, it doesn’t mean that gold can be used in place of the gemstone.  What it means is that the weight given above is only the weight of the band and doesn’t include the weight of the gemstone.  With the gemstone, the weight of the ring may exceed 3.03775 grams.  It should also be remembered that it is permissible to use any gemstone in a ring of silver, but it is not correct to make the band out of any gemstone.  Gold is expressly forbidden, both as the band and as the gemstone.

As mentioned in Al Hidayah, Kitaab Ul Karahiyya.

And Allah The Compassionate and The Exalted knows best

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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