Wearing rubber wristbands
Fatwa No: 365569

  • Fatwa Date:3-1-2018 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 16, 1439
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Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. Shaykh, I would like to know if it is haram to wear a round-shaped wristband made of rubber like those worn nowadays by the male youth in support of their favourite football clubs and such? Does this pertain to imitating woman or the disbelievers? Women usually wear bangles. I am confused. Please take your time and provide me with authentic evidence. Please do not refer to any similar, related question. May Allah reward you.


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

The fatwa which we give is that it is prohibited for men to wear wristbands because they are considered to be like bracelets, which men are not allowed to wear because that constitutes imitation of women by wearing what is distinct to them, which is Islamically prohibited. Ibn ʻAbbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men." [Al-Bukhaari]

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "Our scholars (the Shaafiʻis) held that it is permissible for men to wear silver rings by consensus. As for all other silver jewelry such as bracelets ... the majority of scholars decisively stated that they are prohibited to be worn (by men). Al-Mutawalli and Al-Ghazaali  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them said in Al-Fataawa that it is permissible ... The first view is the correct one, because this is considered imitation of women, which is prohibited."

An-Nawawi thus said that wearing a bracelet is in itself imitation of women.

Al-ʻAyni  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "Men's imitation of women is in clothing or adornment that is distinct to women such as wearing ... bracelets ... and the like which men do not normally wear ..."

Allah knows best.

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