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Is exchanging wedding rings haram?

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Asalamu Alakum my dear brothers and sisters in Islam.

I have heard that exchanging wedding rings in Islam is haram and is not a sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). And we all know that when something becomes practiced as though it is a part of the prophetic tradition, it becomes bid'ah (innovation). If this is true, then many Muslim have fallen into this evil tradition. Also, I heard a speaker say once that, the ring finger is not only symbolic of a love (because their is a vein connecting from the heart to the ring finger) but also symbolic of the trinity in the Christian belief.

Please enlighten me with some evidence from the sunnah that it is a prophetic practice. Jazakum Allhu khair.


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  1. Isn't wearing a wedding ring considered an 'urf?

    It has nothing to do with Christianity, anyway. In fact, in the Eastern churches the rings are given at the betrothal, not at the wedding proper. It isn't worn as an amulet or talisman, either. It is essentially an indication that the person is married. Traditionally men didn't wear wedding rings and this only began to change in the late 19th, early 20th centuries as a result of an advertising campaign by jewelers.

  2. It depends on the belief you attach to these rings. If you believe that these rings will increase the love between you and your spouse then they are haram. If you're doing it as a symbol to publicly show that you are married then as far as I know that is halal, and Allah knows best.

  3. Wedding rings are not part of a religious ritual. You can't call their exchange bid'ah anymore than wearing a red wedding dress (as is worn in Indo-Pakistani weddings) is bid'ah.

    I think it's a stretch to call the exchange of wedding rings "an evil practice". For most couples, it is a source of joy and many wives cherish their engagement and wedding rings.

    What is not forbidden is halal.

  4. hi
    there wasn't every thing in holy prophet Sunnah for example using internet or hi-tec or cars etc and it is not logical to be addressed Bedah whatever wasn't in prophet's age and also considering an action as a Bedah needs a certain reason from Sunnah and we don't have any reason from Sunnah that exchanging wedding rings is hrarm.

    • Rings and jewelry are not new technologies. They existed in the time of the Prophet (sws). Furthermore, marriage is a religious ritual, and in matters of religion we must stick to the Quran and Sunnah. I am not saying that exchanging rings is haram. Allah knows best about that. However, if it becomes an expected thing, such that a wedding is not considered complete without it, then it is definitely bid'ah.

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