Why does Islam prohibit gold and silk for men?

It's a well-known fact that Islam prohibits the use of gold and silk for men but most of the Muslims are unable to explain as to why these two objects are prohibited for males. Gold and silk are predominantly meant for women and accentuate their (feminine) beauty. Because of man and woman's distinctly discrete anatomical structures and features, what looks good on a woman, doesn't necessarily look the same on a man. A man displaying gold jewellery on his person and wearing a silk outfit, looks sissy and effeminate. Masculine appearance of a man is his cardinal attribute that differentiates him from a woman, who has natural feminine attributes.

A gold-laden man is an eyesore. Moreover, when Islam came into being a little over 1400 years ago, homosexuality was rampant in the Arab peninsula. The great scholar, interpreter of Quran and a biographer of the Prophet, Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (838-923) mentioned in his Arabic magnum opus Tarikh-al-Rusul wa'l-Muluk (History of the prophets and kings, famously known as Tarikh al-Tabari) that “Homosexuality was at its pinnacle just before the advent of Islam. The Arab tribesmen and Jewish men used to wear a gold ring in one of the ears (in the right ear, it indicated that the man was a sodomite and a gold-ring in the left ear symbolised that he was a catamite, a passive partner in a homosexual relationship).

That old practice is still prevalent. Gays in the metros wear gold-ear rings in one ear as per their 'specific homosexual preference'. This is the main reason that gold for men was prohibited in the Hadith (compilation of Muhammad's teachings). Tabari's point was later corroborated by the great Egyptian theologian and philologist Jalal al-Din al- Suyuti (1445-1505) in his book Husn al-Muhaadarah. The English-Scottish Arabist Sir Hamilton Gibb (1895-1971) also mentioned this fact in his book, History of Arabs (1936).

Furthermore, Islam doesn't approve of ostentation and it values austere and spartan lifestyle. A man showcasing gold and silk shows his affluence, which's against the spirit of Islam.

Now many disgustingly rich politicians in Maharashtra wear gold chains, bangles, ear-rings and flaunt their wealth. One loudmouth and extremely irritating Bengali composer Bappi Lahiri is called 'a moving jewellery showroom' because of his morbid fondness for gold. Such men relegate themselves to clowns.

Islam is right on this count that men must desist from using and showing it (gold). Let women embellish themselves with yellow metal and look stunning.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2014 on page no. 2

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