Rings are worn by many couples as it symbolizes many meanings. They signify commitment, love, and loyalty. Rings represent an unbreakable bond, especially in marriage. So, it is common for married couples to wear rings on their hands as it shows that they are officially married to someone.
How does Islam view the wedding ring? Here is what Islam says about the wedding ring.
In Islamic marriage, wedding rings play an essential role. But here are the rules of wearing them. As everyone knows, Islam preaches marriage without dating. So, Islam marriage doesn’t undergo the whole process of an engagement or even exchanging wedding rings
That’s because Islam sees dating as an act of sin. The tradition of wearing wedding rings is derived from the West which goes against the Islamic teachings. It’s a tradition adopted by people with any religious background. As tradition has become a normal thing, almost all marriages are incomplete without the ring exchange.
Wearing gold ring for men
As per some hadiths, it is haram in Islam for men to wear a ring made of gold. Here are a few stories and hadiths that mention these rules.
“It was narrated from Abu Musa that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Gold and silk have been permitted for the females of my Ummah, and forbidden to the males.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)
A story from the hadith of Abdullah Allah ibn Abbas says that when “Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a person wearing a gold ring in his hand, He (the Holy Prophet) pulled it off and threw it away, saying: One of you is wishing live coal from Hell and putting it on his hand.” When Allah’s Messenger left, a friend told the person to pick up the ring. However, the person said “No” as Allah’s Messenger had said it was haram.
This means that if a man wears a wedding ring, he can choose to wear one that is not made of pure gold. As per the hadiths from Sahih Al-Bukhari, Allah’s messenger wore a silver ring on his finger that has a carving of his name – Muhammad Messenger of Allah.
Wearing wedding ring in Islam
There is a rule as to how a wedding ring must be worn in Islam. The women may wear on any finger they choose but the men are NOT allowed to do so. Muslim men must not wear the ring on their index or middle finger, as per the hadith.
The Messenger of Allah told Ali that he should not wear the ring on specific fingers. Ali raised his index and middle finger. A Muslim man is said to be Makruh if he wears a wedding ring on those fingers. Some scholars approve that it is sunnah for men to wear the wedding ring on their little finger as it will not cause any disturbances in their activity if worn on that finger.
Which is better – left or right hand?
Though it is not mandatory, a husband can still wear his ring to make his wife happy. But which hand?
As per Hanafi, Maliki and Hambali, it is best to wear the wedding ring on the left hand.
However, some say that it is best to wear the ring as part of an accessory on the right hand. As Anas bin Malik said that “Prophet wore his ring in the right hand.”
Due to such opposing thoughts, a compromise was done by Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani. He said that it’s better to wear the wedding ring on the right hand if it is an accessory. But if it is used to give stamps or seals (as common in old days), then wear it on the left hand.
Reasons for the wedding ring to be haram
Carving names inside the ring hoping that it will create a stronger bond between the husband and the wife. This is Haram as it doesn’t fall under any Islamic teachings. There is no relation whatsoever between the act of carving and forming a strong relationship.
Believing that the wedding ring has power. Many think that it forms a strong bond when worn but is a bad sign when taken off.
Believing more in the symbolism of the wedding ring than facing the truth of the family. A happy and harmonious family is not built around the ring but through effort and communication.
A Wedding ring is haram if it causes troubles to the married couple.
It is haram if the marriage bond is not as per the religious means, for instance, a contract marriage.
So, these are some explanations about the wedding ring in Islam
and how to wear it as per the religion.
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