Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding gold. According to Shafaqna the questions and answers are as follows:


Question: Why is using of gold and silver dishes, forks, spoons and knifes haram?

Answer: According to Islamic Sharia, eating and drinking in gold and silver dishes is forbidden. There are traditions forbidding this.

Question: Is it admissible using of gold and silver cuff-links, pins and tie pins?

Answer: It is forbidden for man to use gold ornaments.

Question: Can a man wear a platinum ring?

Answer: Yes, he can.

Question: Is it permissible for men to wear white or yellow gold?

Answer: It is not permissible.

Question: What is the present day equivalent in mithqal or grams of the weight in gold known as “al-himsa”?

Answer: Al-Himsa is 1/24 of the mithqãl as-sayrafi; and the latter is 4.64 grams; so the weight of al-himsa will be 0.193 grams.


Source: Ayatollah Sistani


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