Seven things to avoid [18.365]

After reading the previous Hadith, I got to wondering if I could list the seven things to avoid, and of course, I could not. So here is the hadith with the things to avoid…

Narrated Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib:

Allah’s Apostle ordered us to do seven things and forbade us from seven. He ordered us to visit the sick, to follow funeral processions, (to say) to a sneezer, (May Allah bestow His Mercy on you, if he says, Praise be to Allah), to accept invitations, to greet (everybody), to help the oppressed and to help others to fulfill their oaths. He forbade us

  1. to wear gold rings,
  2. to drink in silver (utensils),
  3. to use Mayathir (silken carpets placed on saddles),
  4. to wear Al-Qissi (a kind of silken cloth),
  5. to wear silk, Dibaj or Istabraq (two kinds of silk).

[Sahih Bukhari,Volume 7, Book 69, Number 539]

Except for the drinking from silver utensils, this all applies to the brothers amongst us. But, I guess we girls could really do with a little less gold and silk, really. (Oh, yes you can, missy!)


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8 Responses to Seven things to avoid [18.365]

  1. Saima says:

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum sis

    You listed 5 things that were forbidden – are there 2 more?

    JazakAllah khair!

    • Wa’Alaikum Salaam, sis Saima 🙂 I was wondering about that myself, I figure maybe it was a typo, or maybe they are separately counting the different types of silk in number 5. I’m going to keep searching for a list of seven, though…and if anyone else comes across it, please give me a heads-up on that.

  2. biscuitinabasket says:

    Hey salaams!

    Somethings in Islam are so simple, yet I always wonder why its not practiced properly in certain places. For example, an uncle of mine came to our place from the sub-continent last year, and gave me a gold watch. I had to tell him that we are not allowed.

    I wonder if culture dictated his choice, or lack of knowledge?

    DM, I did not know that we are restricted from drinking from silver utensils; what is the reasoning behind this? 🙂

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

  3. Saima says:

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum sis

    Have been doing some research and came across this variation in wording which can be found in Sahih Muslim:

    Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:
    Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) commanded us to do seven things and forbade us to do seven (things). He commanded us to visit the sick, to follow the funeral procession, to ask Allah’s mercy for the sneezer when he praises Him, to fulfill the vow, to help the oppressed, to accept the invitation and to greet everybody. He forbade us to wear rings or gold rings, to drink in silver (vessels), and to use the saddle cloth made of red silk, and to wear garments made of Qassi material, or garments made of silk or brocade and velvet.

    Hadith number in Sahih Muslim [Arabic only]: 3848

    The points mentioned add up to 7 alhamdulillah.

    A seperate hadith also prohibits to drink in vessels made of gold…with the exception of this advice and also perhaps to have a saddle cloth made of red silk (?), the others are permissible for women inshaAllah…

  4. Saima says:


    the prohibition of using silver vessels is explained in ahadith:

    Sahih Muslim, Book 24, Number 5126:

    Umm Salama (radhiyAllahu ‘anha), the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), said: He who drinks in the vessel of silver in fact drinks down in his belly the fire of Hell.

    Sahih Muslim, Book 24, Number 5134:

    ‘Abdullah b. Ukaim (RA) reported : While we were with Hudhaifa in Mada’in he asked for water. A villager brought a drink for him in a silver vessel. He (Hudhaifa) threw it away saying: I inform you that I have already conveyed to him that he should not serve me drink in it (silver vessel) for Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) had said: Do not drink in gold and silver vessels, and do not wear brocade or silk, for these are meant for them (the non-believers) in this world, but they are meant for you in the Hereafter on the Day, of Resurrection.

    Sahih Muslim, Book 24, Number 5140:

    ‘Abd al-Rahmin b. Abu Laili (RA) reported that Hudhaifa asked for water and a Magian gave him water in a silver vessel, whereupon he said: I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not wear silk or brocade and do not drink of vessels of gold and silver, and do not eat in the dishes made of them (i.e. gold and silver), for these are for them (the non-believers) in this world.

    Hope this helps inshaAllah!

  5. biscuitinabasket, hmmmm, I’m not sure what dictated his choice…I’m betting on “he didn’t know,” because that’s been my experience. You’d be amazed at the things that are not practiced appropriately pretty much in most places, and it’s usually down to lack of knowledge. I’ve heard of Bedouins who used to not think Hajj was a big deal; and used to taxi people into and out of Makkah without even doing Umrah…because they just didn’t know. Hard to believe, eh?

    And…Saima has the answer re: the utensils of gold and silver question. A sheikh once told us that utilizing such utensils for fulfilling basic needs of eating is a mark of arrogance. And when you think about the phrase “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” and think about the people this phrase is usually referring to, you realize they are usually notable for their arrogance. Allahu Aalam.

    Saima, wa AlaykumusSalaam 🙂 that helps indeed! JazakiAllah khair, I didn’t think to look in Sahih Muslim…and one of you always comes to my rescue, so I’m blessed. Alhamdulillah. Thank you so much *hugs*

  6. Saima says:

    No problem sis…alhamdulillah that I was able to help *smiles and hugs back*

  7. biscuitinabasket says:

    Thanks both Saima and DN! 🙂

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