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['Aalim Network QR] Wearing Silk Ties

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Salamun `Alaykum

The following question was kindly answered by Maulana Rizvi.

Fee Amaanillah,

Akil Karim
Acting Moderator for ABDG-A

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I understand that it is not permissible for a male to wear "clothing"
items made of 100% silk. Most good quality neck ties are made of 100%
silk, however I acknowledge that ties made of other materials are
available. Is it permissible for a male to wear an item of 100% silk, not
as clothing, but as a "decoration" such as a pocket square or neck tie.
Please reply according to the Risala of Ayatullah Khui, and/or according
to Ayatullah Sistani. (Please note that many brothers and sisters follow
Ayatullah Khui and refer to Ayatullah Sistani for new Risala.)


According to Ayatullah al-Khu`i: Wearing a dress made of 100% silk is haram
for men at all times. However, he says:

        "There is no problem in carrying it [an item made from 100% silk] in
salat and outside salat or in using it as bed-sheet or mantle --- as long as
these items are not identified as `dress'.

        "And there is no problem in making the hem of dress with it [100%
silk] although it is ihtiyat wajib* that the hem should not be more than
four fingers in width.

        "And there is similarly no problem in using it [100% silk] for
waist-band...lace/braid...even the inner-linning of suits, etc.

        "But a dress (libas) which is not sufficient [by itself for
appropriate covering] in salat, then it is ihtiyat wajib** to refrain from
it." (Minhaju 's-Salihiyn, vol. 1, p. 139)

* & ** In both these cases, Ayatullah Sistani says it is ihtiyat mustahab,
not wajib. (Minhaju 's-Salihiyn, vol. 1, p.179)

In the light of the above, the use of a dress with pocket square would be
allowed. About the neck-tie, I am still not sure how we would classify it --
as an item of dress or a decorative part of it?

Yours in Islam,

Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

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