Patching Home Furnishings with Silver in Islam

Shariah Online: 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 of Prophet Muhammad below;

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.


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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.

The answer to the second question, before we give an answer, we should first understand the root of the problem. There is a big difference between a container made of silver and a container that is patched using silver. The difference lies in the amount used. If we analyze the term “container made of silver” then we understand, that the amount of silver used is very large, even if it is not impossible the number is close to 100%. Whereas if we analyze the term “containers that are patched using silver”, we understand that the amount of silver used is a bit in accordance with the needs of fillings.

With the simple analysis above we can conclude, that the answer to the second question is, “No!” That is because the basic material used to make the broken container is not silver, but another material. Thus, we may use containers that are patched with silver to eat and drink.

Do you understand? The problem is simple and I think the description above is also very clear. So, I hope you understand!

I think that is enough for this article about patching home furnishings with silver in Islam. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


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