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Elephant hair ring and bracelet

Fatwaa ID: 2110

Assalamualykum respected mufti saheb. Are rings/bracelets with elephant hair allowed?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Elephant hair in itself is pure. However, we note that wearing elephant hair rings and/or bracelets has superstitious connotations and meanings in some cultures such as the Hindu and African traditions. Accordingly, if one wears such rings or bracelets for those purposes or he wears them in a place wherein people commonly wear them for those purposes, then it will be impermissible and may even be tantamount to shirk.

If one wears such bracelets for mere adornment and they are not regarded to hold any significance in one’s society, then that will be permissible. As for rings with the above condition, it will be permissible for non-Hanafis. The Hanafi legal school does not permit women to wear rings made of other than gold or silver or that which is plated by either of these two. The men are permitted silver or silver plated rings only. All other metals and alloys are impermissible. Thus, according to the Hanafi legal school, it will not be permissible for men or women to wear elephant hair rings, irrespective of purpose or place. If the elephant hair however is used as a gem or design on a gold or silver ring for women, or a silver ring for men, then that will be permissible.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/28/1445 AH – 02/09/2024 CE | AML1-8793

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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