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Wearing a watch for fashion only

Fatwaa ID: 302

Assalaamu alaikum sheikh, does this mean if you wear a functioning watch but intend it only for fashion then it’s impermissible?

^ for example if I don’t even look at the watch at all for time, I look at my phone for the time

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

In principle, it is not permissible for men to wear bracelets. A watch is excluded from that because it serves a genuine purpose other than fashion, and that is to tell time. Thus, if one wears a watch solely for fashion and not to benefit from the intended purpose of a watch, then the exclusion would not be extended to him. It will not be permissible for him to wear a watch in such a case.

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

06/13/1444 AH – 01/06/2023 CE | AMG3-3399

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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