Patching Home Furnishings with Silver in Islam ~ Hi all readers! In the previous article, we discussed the law of eating and drinking in containers made of gold and silver. The conclusion is we cannot do that. In this article, we will discuss the law of patching a container or furniture with silver.
If at home we have a broken glass or plate, can we patch it using silver or not? If we do that if we then use patched furniture to eat or drink, does that mean we eat and drink using a container made of silver which is clearly prohibited in Islamic teachings?
As always, before I answer the two questions above and speak more about patching home furnishings with silver in Islam, I will present one hadith related to our discussion.
Hadith About Patching Home Furnishings with Silver
The hadith about patching home furnishings with silver that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ : أَنَّ قَدَحَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّي اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اِنْكَسَرَ فَاتَّخَذَ مَكَانَ الشَّعْبِ سِلْسِلَةً مِنْ فِضَّةٍ . أَخْرَجَهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ
From Anas bin Malik radliyallahu anhu, “That the teapot belonging to Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam broke. He then put a little silver in the broken part.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari.
Before we make conclusions about the hadith above, I will inform you in advance, that what is meant by hadith is everything that comes from the Prophet Muhammad, whether in the form of words, deeds, or provisions. We can use all things that come from him as a basis for determining the law of a problem.
In the hadith narrated by Anas bin Malik above, it is told, that the Prophet Muhammad used a little silver to patch his broken teapot. Thus, the hadith above includes the hadith which contains his actions. Thus, the answer to the first question is permissible; we may use silver to patch broken containers or furniture using silver.