14 // Regulations on tableware

Ruling 246 – It is forbidden to use for eating and drinking, as well as for the performance of great (ghusl) and minor (wudu) ritual ablution, utensils and articles made from the skins of animals that have died by their own death, as well as from the skins of animals that are bad for by their nature (dog and pig). However, it is not forbidden to use such utensils in matters in which the presence of ritual purity is not a mandatory condition (for example, in watering plants, feeding animals). But according to the desired caution, it will be better not to use such dishes at all.

Rule 247 – It is forbidden to eat and drink from utensils made of gold and silver. And, according to a mandatory measure, you should not use gold and silver dishes to decorate rooms, as well as for any other purposes.

Rule 248 – According to the mandatory measures, one must refrain from making gold and silver dishes, and from the payment received for their manufacture. Also, according to prudence, one should refrain from selling them, buying them, and from the money received for their sale.

Rule 249 – Things that are not tableware, such as coasters, scabbards, etc., may be made of gold and silver. But, according to a mandatory measure, you should refrain from using gold and silver bottles for incense, antimony and similar items.

Regulation 250 – It is not forbidden to use gold-plated and silver-plated dishes.

Rule 251 – If any metal is mixed with gold or silver, and then a vessel is made of that alloy, it may be used, provided it is not called a gold or silver vessel. If the dishes are made from an alloy of only gold and silver, then it is forbidden to use it.

Ruling 252 – If the food will be in a gold or silver vessel and then it is transferred to another vessel, with the intention of not committing a prohibited act (using the prohibited vessel to eat), then it is permissible to eat the food from the other vessel.

Regulation 253 – The use of gold and silver dishes is permitted in exceptional situations. It is also allowed to use it to perform the major (ghusl) and minor (wudu) ablutions in cases of prudent concealment of beliefs (takiya).

Rule 254 – If a person has a doubt as to whether a vessel is made of gold and silver or of some other metal, it is permissible to use that vessel. In this case, it is not necessary to conduct research on this matter.

Provision 255 – According to the mandatory measure, to the metal known as “white gold”, if it is called gold, all the provisions relating to “red and yellow gold” apply. But it is not forbidden to use platinum, as it is a completely different metal.