Category Archives: Jewelry

can nonMsulim touch a muslim for fun?

Q: Asalamualikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakathu! Imaam hoping your in good health inshallah, I was wondering if getting a piercing by a XXXXXX (disbeliever) was allowed or not if not, why?

Time:  11:34 pm

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

Hadith: Modesty only brings goodness. Also another Hadith states: modesty is part of imaan.

Reality: Allah (SWT) has given value to each human. For us to attain spiritual success, we must appreciate the worth Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon us. The spiritual worth we give to ourselves is directly linked to our faith (imaan.)

It is not that Islam prohibits cordial relations with people other faiths. Rather, there are certain aspects that remain personal to each human. Some of these boundaries are human made.  Muslim  rules however are derived from Quran and Sunnah as it relates to boundaries. Our rules  exist as spiritually enhancing.

Bases of ruling as it relates to piercing:

  • Disbeliever must not touch the body of believer (female) when a Muslim exists to do the same exact function (for a fellow believer.)
  • If a piercing is to take place, it should be done on those parts of the body that represent dignity, modesty (haya) and the piercing  must function as a non-resemblance to those that are cultures and groups opposed to Islam in their affairs. (Thus, Muslims are limited as to what they can have pierced and the manner in which their bodies can be pierced.)
  • Certain parts of the body should not be touched by strangers — be they Muslim or nonMuslim, thus some parts of the parts would be off limits when it comes to piercings. Thus, as it relates to ears, it is viewed as private (area of non-display) for a woman; thus, it cannot be touched/seen by  ‘strange males.’
  • There are two opinions as it relates to ear piercings. One says it is part of disfiguring of the body, yet others (Ahnaf and hambalies) agree that it can be done. When two opinions exist, we should always be more cautious when doing a given function. Thus, it is our contention that since ear piercings are a luxury and not necessity, it must be done female on female, and preferable, Muslim female on Muslim female, for a Muslim female is awrah (private) to strangers men. (Likewise it is also highly preferred that she not be displayed to any disbelieving persons under general conditions.)

Allah Certainly Knows Best
Kindly read the following for added insight to the matter.
p.s. We recognize your name. Hope you and your family remain continually in the best of health — spiritual and physical.

if you need an abaya, please dont buy it inside the musjid!

Q: Alssalam alykum Imam,
What is the ruling of selling random stuff in the masjid? And does that differ from selling other specific islamic stuff like (Hijab and Sijada and Prayer clothing)? Can we buy from the person who is selling in the masjid random stuff or religion related ones?
the fatwa in our masjid says that it is okay to do that as long as it is something beneficial to our Muslim sisters like hijabs and abayas etc. But there is some of the sisters who bring jewelery and other stuff is that okey? Continue reading

ARTIFICIAL RING (you are what you wear)

Q: My friend told me that it is haram to wear artificial ring. I want to confirm if it is ok for women to wear artificial rings in finger commonly available in stores like walmart, target etc. etc.

Time: Tuesday June 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm Continue reading

Can a guy claim all what he gave?

Q: I was in nikah that was not consummated. Now the boy’s part wants back all that they gave. Jewelry, restaurant trips, food I ate, phone calls I made with their insistence. What is the ahkamat on the hanafee school of thought? Please I am not asking about the mehr. The mehr part we already have resolved.

Is it fair to make claim on food, makeup, watch (battery died), phone calls, and shoes? What is your take Imaam? You did ignore my seven emails. Can you please answer? Please also answer in light of Bengali/Indian/Afghani/Pakistani/arab culture. ‘goodriddancetorottenapples’ Continue reading

dating, love, male with ear rings…

Assalaamu’Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuhu
Ya Imam

I have 3 questions

Question 1) my first question is why does Islam not allow dating Continue reading

No escaping zakaah

Q. I had not paid zakat for 24 years. When my husband’s estate was sold, I was asked if I had paid zakah on my jewelry. The estate told me that they had right over my jewelry because I did not pay zakah. Can the estate do that? Do I have to pay zakat on jewelry?

A1. If your jewelry comprises beyond the amount of nisab, and you are indeed eligible to pay zakaat, then zakaat would be obligatory upon you.

How to calculate your Zakaat:

Get hold of an Islamic calendar. Chose the approximate Islamic date that you received your gold and silver jewelry. If you got your jewelry on the 1st of muharam, then for the past 24 years try and calculate the value of that jewelry as it was on the 1st of muharam for each of the years that you had lapsed upon its payment. The data as to the price of gold and silver for each of the past years is readily available. You may have to convert between Islamic and western dates. With the advent of computers, this could be easily accomplished. Or one can go to a pious Muslim family accountant for help for such matters as well. Paying your zakaat would be the most superior thing to do.

Sayidinah Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al’As reports that a woman came to the Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) whilst she was accompanied by her daughter who wore two heavy gold bangles on her hands. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) inquired: Did you pay zakaat on them? She said: No. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) thereafter said: Are you content that Allah may put two bangles of fire on your hands? Thereupon she took them off and placed them before Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) saying: They are for Allah and His Apostle. (Abu Dawood, Book 9, number 1558. Paraphrased.)  Also see Imaam Ahmad for a narration that proves a similar point.

Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA) reports that when this verse was revealed: “And those who hoard gold and silver,” the Muslims were became concerned. Sayyidina Umar (RA) said: I shall address your concern. He went to Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and mentioned that the sahaba were distressed concerning the implications of this verse. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) responded: Allah has made zakaat obligatory to purify your wealth, and He made inheritances obligatory that they might come to those who survive you. Sayyidina Umar then said: Allah is most great. (Hadith continues…) Abu Dawood: Book 9, Number 1660 (paraphrased)

By contrast, if your jewelry was not in your position, you had no control over it. Your husband made a claim that it was yours, but held it in his possession, or gave it to his family to control its oversight without any valid reason, and you were not allowed to do as you pleased with your jewelry; then in such a situation you would not pay zakaat on it. For you were not using it, you had no control over it. It was as if you never had it nor were you allowed to derive benefit from it. (This is a rarity, but it does happen.)

A2. If the jewelry belongs to you, you were always in control of it, no person has any claim on your assets besides you, then in such an instance, the estate cannot penalize you for your error in not paying your zakaat. Your remedy would be simple, pay your zakaat, as outlined above.

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِنَّ ڪَثِيرً۬ا مِّنَ ٱلۡأَحۡبَارِ وَٱلرُّهۡبَانِ لَيَأۡكُلُونَ أَمۡوَٲلَ ٱلنَّاسِ بِٱلۡبَـٰطِلِ وَيَصُدُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۗ وَٱلَّذِينَ يَكۡنِزُونَ ٱلذَّهَبَ وَٱلۡفِضَّةَ وَلَا يُنفِقُونَہَا فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ فَبَشِّرۡهُم بِعَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ۬

O you who believe! Many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks consume the wealth of humanity wrongly and prevent from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful penalty. 9:34

Although differences do exist amongst the uluma regarding your case, consensus does exist to the fact that if you possessed ownership and control of gold and silver, enjoyed its usage, or it was for mere investment purposes, etc. then zakaat on the  jewelry would be obligatory upon you.

Allah certainly knows best.

Gold and platinum

Q. Can gold and platinum be worn?

A. Men cannot wear platinum nor can they wear gold.  ( Fathul-Al-Bari, Volume 12, page 438 )

As for woman, they can enjoy both these luxuries.

Also take a peek at the following query: Zakaat on gifts, as gold inevitably results in the payment of zakaat.

Allah certainly knows best.

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