Islam Question and Answer – Is wearing an iron ring haraam for men?

Is wearing an iron ring haraam for men?
I heard that wearing an iron ring is haraam for men. I hope you can explain the matter, with evidence.

Praise be to Allaah.

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Buraydah from his father
(may Allaah be pleased with them both) that a man came to the Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he was wearing a
ring of gold. He said: “Why do I detect the stench of idols on you?” So he
threw it away. Then he came and he was wearing a ring of iron, and he said:
“Why do I see you wearing the jewellery of the people of Hell?” So he threw
it away. He said: O Messenger of Allaah, of what should I wear (a ring)? He
said: “Wear (a ring) of silver, but no more than a mithqaal (a measure of
weight).” Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaa’i. al-Tirmidhi
said: This is a ghareeb hadeeh. It was narrated from Iyaas ibn al-Haarith
ibn al-Mu’ayqeeb that his grandfather said: The ring of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was made of iron overlaid with
silver. He said: I kept it sometimes, and Mu’ayqeeb  was in charge of the
ring of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i. In al-Saheehayn it is narrated
from Sahl ibn Sa’d al-Ansaari (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to the one who
proposed marriage to the woman who had offered herself in marriage to the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Look for
something (to give as a dowry), even if it is a ring of iron.” This
indicates that it is permissible to wear a ring of iron, as is indicated by
the hadeeth of Mu’ayqeeb. As for the hadeeth of Buraydah quoted above, there
is some weakness in its isnaad. Thus it is clear that the more correct view
is that it is not makrooh to wear a ring of iron. But wearing a ring of
silver is better, because the ring of the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) was made of silver, as is proven in al-Saheehayn. 

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send
blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions. End quote. 

 

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta, 24/64.
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