Saturday, December 11, 2010

Is "special ring" allowed in ISLAM ?

Speech of Atiyyah Saqr :

“The engagement ring or wedding ring has a history of thousands of years old. Some people claim that the Pharaohs were the first to invent it long before the Greeks had any notion of it.

Others say that it stems from an old custom still upheld by people. By this they are referring to tying the bride and the bridegroom together with chains and making him ride a horse, while dragging his bride behind him to the marital home, which might be a distance of two houses. Later, it became popular to wear a ring, instead of being tied with chains.

Wearing an engagement ring on the left finger is related to an old custom of the Greeks who believed that the circulation of blood by the aorta is done through this area.

It became apparent later that the British were also fond of wearing engagement rings; in fact, they regarded the habit as purely Christian.

Muslims adopted the idea of wearing the engagement ring without any obvious reason, and some consider removing it as a bad omen. This has no basis in Islam.

Wearing an engagement or wedding ring is not considered unlawful in the Islamic perspective, as there is no religious text that determines this.

It is also not considered as a form of imitating unbelievers. We know in any case that such imitation is forbidden, especially on something contravening the teachings of Islam.

If the ring is silver, there is nothing wrong in both men and women wearing it. But if the ring is made of gold, women can wear it, while men cannot. At-Tirmidhi relates through the authentic chain of narration that the Prophet(pbuh) (peace and blessings be upon HIM) said:“Wearing gold is forbidden for male Muslims, but it is allowed for female Muslims.”

According to the hadith narrated by Muslim, the Prophet forbade men from wearing gold rings. It is also narrated that when the Prophet(pbuh), peace be upon HIM, saw a man wearing a gold ring, he immediately removed it from the man’s hand and threw it away. He then said:“Wearing it (a gold ring) is like wrapping one’s hand with fire brand”.


While investigating the matter, we came across one of the standardwedding ceremonies in Protestant church. This ceremony shows that wearing a wedding ring is a part of the religious ceremonies. The text that a celebrant recites at this occasion is as follows: “Bless, O Lord, these rings as symbol of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Muslim jurists have clearly mentioned that imitating non-Muslims in their religious rituals is forbidden,  and a severe threat is reported in the Prophetic narration in this regard. The Prophet(pbuh)  said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them."
Therefore, wearing a wedding ring is equally forbidden for both men and women.

ALLAH(swt) Knows best for us !



  1. Thanks for the clarity of yiur explanation.

  2. Dear Anonymous,
    Assalaamu alaikum,
    Alhamdullilah, if you aunderstand it.

    Your sister,



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