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Question & Answer » Gold

1 Question: Why is using of gold and silver dishes, forks, spoons and knifes haram?
Answer: According to Islamic Sharia, eating and drinking in gold and silver dishes is forbidden. There are authentic traditions forbidding this.
2 Question: Is it admissible using of gold and silver cuff-links, pins and tie pins?
Answer: It is forbidden for a man to use gold ornaments.
3 Question: Can a man wear a platinum ring?
Answer: Yes, he can.
4 Question: Is it permissible for men to wear white or yellow gold?
Answer: It is not permissible for men to wear gold objects such as a gold chain, a gold ring and a gold watch, even though the gold may be white in color. Wearing gold plated objects is also not allowed and prayer in them would be invalid. However, there is no problem in wearing something made of platinum.
5 Question: Is it permissible for a man to wear a watch that contains parts made from gold or a watch whose strap is made of gold? Is it permissible to perform prayers with it?
Answer: It is not permissible and prayer in it is void.
6 Question: What is the present day equivalent in mithqal or grams of the weight in gold known as “al-himsa”?
Answer: Al-Himsa is 1/24 of the mithqãl as-sayrafi; and the latter is 4.64 grams; so the weight of al-himsa will be 0.193 grams.
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