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Salamun `Alaykum

The following question was kindly answered by Mulla Bashir.

Fee Amaanillah,

Akil Karim

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Is it Haraam for a man to wear an ear-ring?


I do apologise for the delay in responding to the above question. 

Normally it is haraam for a man to wear the dress of a woman. Dress in
this respect would include articles of adornment. Both Ayatullah Khui and
Ayatullah Seestani have ruled that it is unlawful even to wear a dress
whose cloth, colour or stitching is not befitting the status of the
person wearing it. It is precautionary unlawful (ihtiyatan haraam) for a
man to wear a woman's dress or for a woman to wear the dress of a man.
However, according to Ayatullah Seestani, praying in such a dress would
not invalidate the prayers. 

The nature of dress and other accoutrement is very much the matter of
culture. What Islam is concerned with is simulation by a person of one
gender of the opposite gender. If culturally any particular type of dress
or adornment is an acceptable norm by both the genders then it may not be
considered as prohibited. This is subject to the proviso that the
material from which the dress or adornment is made is not haraam per se,
as gold and silk are for men. 

Applying the above principle there would seem to be no objection to a man
wearing an earring not made of gold of a design exclusively used by
women.  However, it should be borne in mind that earrings are especially,
if not exclusively worn by women, and although an earring for men has
become the norm, we as muslims must weigh its need or usefulness before
adopting the practice. 
Allah knows best, and may He forgive our mistakes and transgressions. 

[References: Taudhihul Msaaeel, Ayatullah Khui No. 853, 854; Ayatullah
Seestani No. 853 and 854]

With salaams and du'aas from an humble servant of Ahlul Bayt and their
followers, and with a request to be remembered by you in your prayers,

Bashir Rahim

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