Praise be to Allaah.
It was narrated in the ahaadeeth that silk is haraam for men.
For example Abu Dawood (3535) narrated that ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah
be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) took a piece of silk in his right hand and a piece of gold in
his left and said, ‘These two are forbidden for the males of my ummah.’”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 3422.
What is meant by the silk that is forbidden to men is
natural silk that is taken from the silkworm. As for artificial silk, that
is not included in the prohibition, because there is no statement that it is
haraam in either the Qur’aan or Sunnah. If it is not narrated in the Qur’aan
and Sunnah that a thing is forbidden, then it is permissible, because the
basic principle concerning things is that they are permitted.
But some of these fabrics made from artificial silk may be
very soft and like the fabric worn by women. These should be avoided by men,
because what is required of men is to be tough and hard; softness is not
appropriate for men.
See al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 2/207; Tawdeeh al-Ahkaam,
And Allaah knows best. May Allaah send blessings upon our