Moslimdaily | Beautification and elegance are not merely permitted but are required by Islam, and, in general, it repudiates any attempts to prohibit them.
“Say: Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has brought forth for His servants, and the good things of His providing?…” (Al-A’raf: 32)
Islam has, however, prohibited two kinds of adornment for men, while permitting them to women. These are, first, gold ornaments and, second, clothing made of pure silk. Ali reported that the Prophet (pbuh) took some silk in his right hand and some gold in his left, declaring,
“These two are haram for the males of my Ummah.”
Umar reported that he heard the Prophet (pbuh) say, “Do not wear silk, for those who wear it in this life shall not wear it in the Hereafter.”
On another occasion, referring to a silken garment, the Prophet (pbuh) said : “This is the dress of one who has no character. ”
The Prophet (pbuh) once saw a gold ring on a man’s hand. He immediately took it from him and threw it down saying, “Does a person pick up a piece of burning coal and hold it in his hand?” After the Prophet (pbuh) had left the place, someone asked the man, “Why do you not pick it up and benefit from it”. He replied, “No, by Allah! I shall not pick it up after the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) has thrown it away.”
The same prohibition which applies to the gold ring likewise applies to what we observe among conspicuous spenders, i.e., the gold pen, gold watch, gold cigarette case and lighter, gold teeth, etc.
The Prophet (pbuh), however, permitted men to wear silver rings. On the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, Al-Bukhari reported the former saying, “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) wore a silver ring. After him, Abu Bakr and then “Umar and ‘Uthman wore it, until it fell off his finger into the well of Arees.” As for other metals such as iron, there are no sound texts
prohibiting them. On the contrary, in the Sahih of Al-Bukhari we find that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) advised a man who wanted to marry a woman to, “seek to (present her with a gift), even if it be ring made of iron. On the basis of this hadith Al-Bukhari inferred the permissibility of iron rings.
The Prophet (phuh) made concessions in the wearing of silken garments for medical reasons, as he gave ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn Awf and Az-Zubayr ibn al-Awwam, both of whom suffered from scabies, permission to wear silk.”