Earrings, as timeless symbols of adornment, have traversed the annals of history, weaving their way through diverse cultures with each delicate metal thread. Their shimmering presence has resonated across societies, embellishing individuals with both personal expressions and cultural identities.
However, amidst this tapestry of meaning, misconceptions have cast shadows on the permissibility of earrings in Islam. Let’s navigate this intricate web, exploring the multifaceted world of earrings, from cultural heritage to Islamic principles.
|📌 Islamic historical records and hadiths confirm earrings’ existence during the time of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.|
|📌 The Quran and hadiths emphasize Allah’s allowance for adornment.|
|📌 Earrings are permissible for women as long as they don’t cause harm and are not used for disobedience.|
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Tracing Earrings Through Islamic History
As we traverse the sands of time, glimpses of earrings in Islamic history illuminate the pages. A tale unfolds where earrings, whether delicate as a dewdrop or bold as the desert sun, are woven into the fabric of diverse societies.
In the bazaars of old, ornate earrings whispered stories of lineage and celebration. Earrings, like ancient manuscripts, carried narratives of cultural heritage and adorned individuals with a radiant sense of identity. From the bustling markets of Baghdad to the serene courtyards of Andalusia, earrings danced in harmony with the echoes of faith and tradition.
Even in Islamic historical records, there are collections of hadiths that prove the existence of earrings in the era of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him).
In the modern era, the concept of earrings has expanded to embrace a myriad of forms, from classic ear studs to more daring expressions of self-adornment. Additionally, contemporary trends have introduced intriguing options like belly piercing, nose piercing, and even nipple piercing.
These unconventional choices, often regarded as forms of artistic exploration and self-expression, have challenged conventional norms while reflecting the evolving perspectives on personal identity and beauty.
Are Earrings Haram?
Earrings are deemed permissible (halal) for women under the condition that they do not cause harm to their bodies and are not employed for acts of disobedience. A few fundamental reasons for its permissibility are as follows:
Allah is Beautiful and He loves beauty, as stated in hadith,
وعن عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه عن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “لا يدخل الجنة من كان في قلبه مثقال ذرة من كبر” فقال رجل” إن الرجل يحب أن يكون ثوبه حسناً ونعله حسناً؟ قال: “إن الله جميل يحب الجمال الكبر بطر الحق وغمط الناس” ((رواه مسلم)).
‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He who has, in his heart, an ant’s weight of arrogance will not enter Jannah.” Someone said: “A man likes to wear beautiful clothes and shoes?” Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty. Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people.”
Another verse that reaffirms Allah’s SWT allowance for His people to adorn themselves is found in Surah Al-A’raf in verse 32.
قُلْ مَنْ حَرَّمَ زِينَةَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَخْرَجَ لِعِبَادِهِۦ وَٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ مِنَ ٱلرِّزْقِ ۚ قُلْ هِىَ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ فِى ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا خَالِصَةًۭ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ ٱلْـَٔايَـٰتِ لِقَوْمٍۢ يَعْلَمُونَ
Ask, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Who has forbidden the adornments and lawful provisions Allah has brought forth for His servants?” Say, “They are for the enjoyment of the believers in this worldly life, but they will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Judgment. This is how We make Our revelations clear for people of knowledge.”
Moreover, a narration is also present in Sahih Bukhari:
جَلَسَ إِحْدَى عَشْرَةَ امْرَأَةً فَتَعَاهَدْنَ وَتَعَاقَدْنَ أَنْ لا يَكْتُمْنَ مِنْ أَخْبَارِ أَزْوَاجِهِنَّ شَيْئًا … قَالَتْ الْحَادِيَةَ عَشْرَةَ : زَوْجِي أَبُو زَرْعٍ وَمَا أَبُو زَرْعٍ أَنَاسَ مِنْ حُلِيٍّ أُذُنَيَّ … قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : كُنْتُ لَكِ كَأَبِي زَرْعٍ لأُمِّ زَرْعٍ
There were eleven women who sat together, and they agreed and promised not to hide anything about the characteristics of their husbands… the eleventh woman said: “My husband is Abu Zar’in, How fine Abu Zara’ is! He has suspended in my ears heavy ornaments”. … Aisha said, the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, said to him: “I am for you, as Abu Zar’in is for Umm Zar’in.”
The above-mentioned hadith demonstrates that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace and blessings be upon him) did not raise any objections to the actions of Abu Zar’in, who adorned his wife’s ears with jewelry (earrings). Notably, the Prophet ﷺ himself even expressed a desire to emulate the same gesture as Abu Zar’in towards his wife, Aisha.
Earrings, as timeless symbols of adornment, have been woven through cultures, from history to modernity. Despite misconceptions, their acceptance within Islam is evident. From the era of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to contemporary times, earrings are a testament to the harmonious blend of faith and personal expression. This legacy celebrates the beauty of diversity and the art of self-adornment.
Allahu a’lam (Allah knows best)
Can You Pray With Earrings In Islam?
In Islam, women are generally allowed to pray while wearing earrings. However, men are encouraged to remove any jewelry, before performing prayers as a sign of humility and modesty. The focus in Islamic prayer is on sincere devotion and humility before Allah, and removing distractions such as jewelry can contribute to a more focused and spiritually centered prayer experience.
Is It Haram To Wear Earrings With Hijab?
Wearing earrings with a hijab is generally not considered haram (forbidden) in Islam. The hijab itself is a modest form of dress that covers the head and neck area, and wearing earrings does not inherently violate this principle. However, it’s important to ensure that the earrings are modest and do not draw undue attention, as the purpose of the hijab is to promote modesty and protect a woman’s privacy.
Is It Haram To Wear Magnetic Earrings As A Man?
Wearing earrings is forbidden for men. Some scholars may consider certain types of adornments, like magnetic earrings, to be imitating women’s adornment, which could raise questions about modesty and gender roles.
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) strictly forbade men to imitate women.
حَدَّثَنَا مُعَاذُ بْنُ فَضَالَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ، عَنْ يَحْيَى، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ لَعَنَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْمُخَنَّثِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ، وَالْمُتَرَجِّلاَتِ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ وَقَالَ “ أَخْرِجُوهُمْ مِنْ بُيُوتِكُمْ ”. قَالَ فَأَخْرَجَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فُلاَنًا، وَأَخْرَجَ عُمَرُ فُلاَنًا.
Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
“The Prophet (ﷺ) cursed effeminate men (those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, “Turn them out of your houses . ” The Prophet (ﷺ) turned out such-and-such man, and `Umar turned out such-and-such woman.”