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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:41 pm    Post subject: Wearing Gold for Men Reply with quote

Ya Ali Madad, dear brothers and sisters,
I was wondering if men are allowed to wear gold. I am asking this because many Sunnis have told me that wearing gold is 'haram' and I was wondering if this is true. It is said that wearing gold and silk was made haram by our Prophet (saws).

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Ya Ali Madad
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following is given in 'The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam" relating to gold.

"Gold. The wearing of gold ornaments by men — but not by women — is forbidden by the shari'ah. Nevertheless, gold weddino rings are now commonly worn by men in Islamic countries, as well as gold watches.

The shari'ah's intention behind this prohibition for men is to maintain a state ot sobriety, reserve, concentration, and spiritual poverty, that is, the perfections ot the center. Women, who symbolize unfolding, infinitude, manifestation, are not bound by the same constraints."

In many traditions gold (colour of the sun) is a symbol of divinity. In our history gold has had great significance as reflected in the robe MHI wears during the convocation ceremonies at the AKU. The following is the description.

"The Jamiapoash originates from the Arabic Jamia meaning institutions of higher learning. The Persian Poash means ‘apparel’ and describes the Academic regalia or head gear and gowns of the University. This is worn during convocation and other formal and ceremonial occasions. It comprises a khila’at (Arabic: robe of honour) and Sirpoash (Persian: headwear).

The khila’at or outer robe is very much like qabaa or jubba which is worn in the Middle East and North Africa or a chuga used in parts of Pakistan and India.

The khila’at is unpleated, calf-length over garment with bell-shaped short sleeves and the facility to close at the front, if desired.

The Sirpoash is a composite head wear bringing together a turban and a kulah, the two most outstanding forms of headwear used historically throughout the Islamic world.

The Jamiapoash has been colour coded and decorated in such a way that the garments symbolize the very identity of the University. For example, the basic colours of green and white have been derived from the Official Seal of the University. Similarly, all elements of decoration of the Jamiapoash have been taken from the motifs, calligraphy and art designs used in the architecture and interior design of the University.

The distinctive motifs have been embroidered along the front, on cuffs, arms and on the back using different colours on a variety of backgrounds. Their arrangement serves to identify the ranks of members of the University, such as students, faculty, trustees, the Chancellor and the Patron. The students’ robe, for example, has a single braid of green motif with gold lining on white background, a cuff band, and two green motifs on the arms.

The faculty robe has an additional braid in gold, with a golden motif on the arms and at the back. The trustees of the University have one more golden band on the front alongside the decorations of the faculty dress.

Robes of the Chancellor and the Patron distinguish themselves by their very elaborate golden embroidery on the upper part of the robe both back and front, but are also unique for their white and rust colours respectively.

White and gold were the colours of the blazon of the Fatimids of Egypt, the ancestors of His Highness the Aga Khan, who founded Al-Azhar, one of the oldest Universities of the world with a very rich history and tradition."
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:53 pm    Post subject: Wearing Gold for Men Reply with quote

The Aga Khan wears gold and platinum ornaments, therefore Ismaili men may also wear them.

"The Aga Khan is a pleasant-looking man, though his operatic "Student Prince" handsomeness has ripened a bit with the hard work and soft living of the years. His suits are meticulously tailored to make the least of what's there. He wears a single ring, a GOLD WATCH and cufflinks."

"Prince Karim, on Oct. 19, 1957, became Aga Khan IV on the spot where his grandfather had once had his weight equaled in diamonds, in Dares-Salaam, Tanganyika. To the rhythmic chant of the Koran, the Aga Khan was invested with a magnificent robe, a kingly turban, a GOLD CHAIN, a sharp sword and an ancient signet ring."

"The Aga Khan and his wife exchanged rings -- her was plain gold, HIS GOLD and PLATINUM."

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