Whilst some parts of the world is distinguished by poverty, the other side tells a very different story. Cloaked in opulence, lavish displays of wealth are not uncommon. Flashy cars, sparkling chandeliers, jewels, fine delicate lace, gold and silver are not in short supply. And to top it off, parties are held regularly to give opportunity for spectacles of wealth and luxury. But even for those who are not characterised by wealth, squandering extravagantly on fine dinners, and others events are a means of aspiration for such.
Such banquets and feasts must have tables exquisitely laid, with gold-rimmed glasses and matching cutlery, silver platters, and cake stands and delicacies of the rarest kind. Before your mind wanders onto what assortment of dishes may be set on such a table, let me bring your attention to a very important narration,
Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who drinks from the vessel of silver kindles the Fire (of Hell) in his belly.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
A narration in Muslim is: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Surely, he who eats or drinks in gold and silver vessels fills his belly with Hell-fire.” (Riyaad-us-Saaliheen)
My dear friends, this is a hefty price to pay for mere dinner party. Of course, one is permitted to enjoy food, and delicacies, but in following with the prophetic command let us abandon the use of such vessels. Be they pure gold or silver, or plated with these metals, teacups, cutlery, plates, trays or any other vessel. The ruling also includes bathroom fixtures such as taps, handles etc…
In another hadith the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Do not drink from vessels of gold and silver; do not eat from plates of gold and silver, because they are for them in this world and for you in the Hereafter.” (Saheeh, agreed upon)
One should spend their money wisely, without being extravagant, not proud and arrogant in their spending only seeking to display their grandeur. The muslim should possess the attribute of humility. It is reported that when Umar conquered Jerusalem, and entered the city victorious, though he was the Amir-ul-Mu’mineen at the time, and vast lands and wealth was at his disposal, he rode a donkey, accompanied by a single servant, who wore the same outfit as him, each taking turns to ride, such that the people could not distinguish him from his slave! This is how we should be!
Thus, since the muslim is prohibited from such items, one should avoid selling them to prevent muslims from falling into such a reprehensible act. Similarly if one has such items they should dispose of them in appropriate way, perhaps by using the metals for jewellery, or if they merely plated, one can remove the gold or silver or break the item.
We ask Allah to aid in following His instructions and to make it easy for us.