The Law of Women Wearing White Gold in Islam
Who does not like jewelry? Everyone must love it, especially women. Jewelry is a prima donna among women because its sparkle and price are high. In society, jewelry is a sign of a person’s social status. The more and more jewelry, then the higher the social status.
Jewelry is not only a desirable thing in the world but it is also an object that can be used in the heaven. As the word of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala :
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – indeed, We will not allow to be lost the reward of any who did well in deeds. Those will have gardens of perpetual residence; beneath them rivers will flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and will wear green garments of fine silk and brocade, reclining therein on adorned couches. Excellent is the reward, and good is the resting place.” (Q.S. Al-Kahfi : 30 – 31)
There are many type of jewelry based on the materials, start from gold to silver. Gold is also divided into some types, they are :
- White gold : Gold is made from an assorted of gold with nickel or palladium. Sometimes, there is a assorted silver and copper, too.
- Black gold : Gold is made from an assorted of gold with cobalt or chromium. It has usually a longer lasting glow than any other gold.
- Blue gold : Gold is made from an assorted of gold with indium or iron.
- Purple gold : Gold is made from an assorted of gold with aluminum.
Those are some types of gold that are often used as jewelry. Original gold with 99% content can not be used as jewelry because the original characteristic of gold is soft, it is not hard as the jewelry we have been wearing.
Gold is one of the most popular investments today. The value is stable and tend to rise. Because of that, many people love this thing so much. The ease to barter gold into money is also one of factors to be chosen as a short term or long term investments.
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In Islam, we are allowed to use gold as jewelry, but what if we used an assorted gold like white gold?
The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi wa sallam said :
“The silk cloth and gold are haram for the men of my people and halal for the women.” (Narrated by At-Tirmidzi)
See also : Islamic Rules for women’s dress
From the hadith above, we know that gold is allowed for women but not for men, either original or assorted gold. Similarly, the law of wearing silk for men in Islam. But in reality today, there are many men who use white gold as jewelry, especially rings.
Why is gold forbidden for men? A study showed that gold has an atomic particle that can penetrate human’s skin, then it is accumulated in the body. The pile of that atom can be not excreted and it will cause some diseases, such as Alzheimer.
While women can remove that atomic particles through menstruation. This is why men are forbidden to wear gold. You may also read prohibition during menstruation in Islam.
White gold or an assorted of gold with other materials do not change the law of wearing gold for men because the change of mixture gold does not change the nature of gold, so that it is still forbidden for men.
From ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbad; that the Messenger of Allah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam that the Messenger of Allah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam have seen a gold ring in man’s hand. Then he took off that ring and threw it directly and said, “One of you wants the fire of hell and put it his hand?.”
After Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam went, someone said to that man; ‘Take that ring for you to take the advantage of it.’ That man answered ; ‘No, By Allah. I will not take that ring forever, because that ring has been thrown away by the Messenger of Allah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam.’ (Narrated by Muslim)
But the usage of any materials, although it is not gold, it is still allowed for men as jewelry because it is considered to resemble a woman. The most women love jewelry and the men are not allowed to imitate them. Although that jewelry is not made from gold or other metal materials, the law is still forbidden. Even Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala curses him.
From Ibn Abbas radliallahu ‘anhuma, he said :
“Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
“Whosever dies from my people(in his lifetime)he drank khamr, then Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala forbid him to drink it in the heaven. And whosever dies from my people (in his lifetime)he used gold, then Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala forbid him to wear it in the heaven.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
But the different case if gold was used for health reasons, then the law changes to be allowed. But this is only for the most important exceptions.
From ‘Abdurrahman bin Tharafah that the grandfather of Arfajah bin As’ad, his nose was cut off during Al Kilab war. Then he made a fake nose from silver, but instead his nose became rotten. The Prophet Shallalahu ‘alaihi wasallam commanded him (to made a nose from gold), so he made a nose from gold.
Gold is allowed to be used for women, but they should not used it excessively because Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala does not like the excess thing. Excessive nature includes wasteful which is the nature of evils. As the word of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala :
“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every mosque, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.” (Q.S. Al-A’raf : 31)
It is not only Allah SWT, the Messenger of Allah saw also forbid it. The Prophet Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said :
“Eat, give sadaqah and dress with not exaggeration and do not boast.” (Narrated by Nasai’)
Beside it is not allowed excessively in Islam, wearing jewelry excessively can hurt yourself. Jewelry that is used can be a crime angler that can also intimidate the safety of your life. It can also cause arrogance or riya and a slander. You may also read Sign Your Tawbah Accepted by Allah SWT.
Do not look or judge something excessively because it is an arrogant nature in Islam. We must always put the principle of life as simple as our example the Messenger of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.