posted on May, 15 2004 @ 01:55 AM
I cannot see where the Qur'an forbids jewelry or silk. The point made repeatedly is that you don't please God by making up rules and then living up
That said, Islam is about community, and living out the Sharia, the interpretations or commentary upon the Qur'an that have become law. Just like in
Western faiths, some communities will have a stricter interpretation.
My own experience is that Arabs enjoy their 'bling' as much as the next 'playa.'
Gold, esp. coins, are considered tasteful ornamentation (on women).
jewelry in general, outside the U.S., is seen as a highly portable and liquid form of wealth and power. While you could probably find communities
that forbid such, it would be like Mennonites or Nuns in America. Pious eccentrics in the eyes of many.