Q 3: Is it permissible
to use gold-plated pens
It is authentically reported in the Two Sahih (authentic Books) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) has forbidden us to drink (Part No. 24; Page No. 76) or eat in utensils made of gold and silver. He said,
Do not drink from vessels of gold or silver or eat from plates made (of gold or silver). They are for them in this world and for us in the Hereafter.
Whoever drinks from them in the worldly life will not drink from them in the Hereafter.
The one who eats from a vessel of silver or gold is taking fire from Hell into his belly.
As far as we know, authentic reports only prohibit silver and golden utensils, clothing, and golden rings (for men only). Thus, gold-plated pens are submitted to juristic reasoning. However, they are almost forbidden, for using them is an aspect of vain lavishness, showing off, and false pride. Thus, they should take the ruling of using golden or silver utensils due to the common effective cause of prohibition between them.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!