Praise be to Allaah.
Earrings and bracelets are forms of adornment for women, and Ibn Abbaas (may
Allaah be pleased with him) reported that The Messenger of Allaah
blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed men who make themselves look like women and women
who make themselves look like men. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 5435).
Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah
cursed men who
wear womens clothes and women who wear mens clothes. (Reported by
Abu Dawood in al-Sunan, Kitaab al-Libaas, Baab fi libaas al-nisaa). On this basis, it is not permitted for men to wear earrings or nose-rings.
The claim that this is permissible because the people of Quraysh used to
do that needs to be proven, in the first place, and where is the proof?
Secondly, even if they used to do this in the Jaahiliyaah (Time
of Ignorance before Islam), Islam came and forbade men to wear the adornment of women or
to make themselves look like them, as is clear from the ahadeeth quoted above. What
matters is the ruling of Islam, not what Quraysh or other tribes may have done.
Thirdly, the kinds of female adornment known among Quraysh and others
includes earrings, bracelets, anklets and bangles worn on the upper arm. The point is that
these are known as forms of womens adornment since ancient times.
Fourthly, Islam has given men sufficient scope to adorn themselves by
allowing them to wear silver rings, as Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him and
his father) reported that the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) wore a ring made of silver, and the people did likewise. (Reported
by al-Bukhaari, 5417). Islam also allows men to wear gold and silver
when necessary to replace a lost tooth or nose, and so on.
Finally, we would say that any Muslim man who wears jewellery is making
himself look like the kuffaar, because this is known to be their style of adornment; the
latest fashion among them is to wear earrings and the like in their ears, noses, lips,
cheeks and other parts of the body (so-called body-piercing). The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Whoever imitates a people is one
of them. (Reported by Abu Dawood, al-Sunan, Kitaab al-libaas, Bab libaas
Whoever does this should repent to Allaah and not engage in the futile
defence of falsehood. He should be distinct in both his personality and his dress from the
kuffaar, as Islam has commanded us to be. Allaah is the One Who guides to the Straight