One of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and imams’ traditions, is to wear a ring. The material, appearance and design of the ring have all been pointed to in our hadiths. It has also been advised to wear the ring on the right hand. All of the rulings of Islam regarding wearing a ring are mustahab (religiously preferred, not obligatory), although wearing a gold ring is forbidden for men (and any other jewelry made of gold). Therefore, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a ring on the left hand if your culture calls for it, and you are free to do so.
Wearing a ring is an admired tradition in Islam which the holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and our imams (a.s.) have paid attention to. There are numerous hadiths that express what stone should be used in a ring, what material the ring itself should be made of, what the design on its stone should be, and how the ring should be worn. For instance, in our hadiths, aghigh (a type of stone, mostly found in
Of course, it should be noted that all of these recommendations and virtues that have been mentioned concerning wearing a ring, especially on the right hand, are all expressing the istihbab (being preferred in Islam and not being obligatory) of it without any obligation. In other hadiths, instances other than the mustahabb (Islamicly preferred) ones mentioned above, have been considered permissible, such as the hadith narrated by Imam Sadiq (a.s.) that says that the holy Prophet’s (p.b.u.h.) ring was made of silver and contained no stone, or like the hadith in which Imam Kadhem (a.s.) says in response to a question about which hand the ring should be worn on: “You may wear it both on your right hand if you wish, and on your left hand.” Therefore, if because of the culture of one’s country, one wears a wedding ring on the left, it is permissible, although it is better to wear a ring containing an aghigh on the right hand in order to show one’s being Shia and to benefit from the blessings, spiritual rewards, and other advantages of such an admirable act.
Of course, one mustn’t forget that wearing jewelry made of gold, such as a gold ring, is forbidden for men.