Sunnah way of wearing a ring

Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:07 in Miscellaneous - Read 26316 times

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Question:

What is the Sunnah way of wearing a ring, like which hand and finger should it be on? Also how heavy should the ring be? Also can we wear more than one ring at a time? 

Answer:

There are narrations from the Sunnah supporting the permissibility of wearing the ring on any hand: 

"The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wore his ring on his right hand" [Shamail e Muhammadiya].

"The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) wore a silver ring in his right hand, it had an African stone and he (peace and blessings be upon him) kept the stone towards his palm." [Mishkaat Al-Masaabeeh]

"Anas (Allah is pleased with him) said the Prophet's ring was in this and he gestured towards his small finger on his left hand." [Saheeh Muslim]

"Ibn Umar (Allah is pleased with him) said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wore his ring in his left hand." [Sunan Abi Dawood]

There is also a narration from Sayyiduna Ali (Allah is pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) advised him to wear the ring on his left hand because he writes with his right hand.

This is why it says in Bahar e Shariat,

"A male is permitted to wear his ring on any hand." [Bahar e Shariat]

Also as it has been mentioned above from the Sunnah,

"A man should keep the stone inwards facing towards his palm rather than outwards." [Bahar e Shariat]

One must not wear the ring on the middle finger or the index finger as it is narrated from Sayyiduna Ali (Allah is pleased with him),

"The Messenger of Allah prohibited me to wear the ring in this finger of mine or this and he gestured towards the middle finger and the index finger." [Saheeh Muslim]

One may wear the ring on his small finger as is mentioned above in a narration or the finger next to it.

A male must only wear one ring made of silver with only one stone of any type. The weight should be less than one "Mithqaal" - as mentioned in the narration of Sunan Abi Dawood after forbidding a ring made of brass and another made of iron, he (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"Have it made from silver and ensure the weight does not complete a Mithqaal." [Sunan Abi Dawood]

One Mithqaal is four and a half Maasha which has been calculated by some as approximately 4.365 grams and approximately 4.7 grams by others. 

It is impermissible for a man to wear more than one ring or a ring made of gold, brass, iron or any other metal besides silver. [Bahar e Shariat]

It is also impermissible for a man to wear a ring with more than one stone and also to wear a "challah" which is a simple round ring all the way through without a stone or any carving on the surface that resembles the surface of where the stone is generally placed.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by: Muhammad Kalim, Preston

Verification:
The answer you have provided above is complete and correct and Allah knows best. - Mufti Zahid Hussain al-Qadri

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