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Gold [Supplement 2016]
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The precious metal gold (Ar. dhahab) is a symbol of wealth and hence also of power and authority. It is worthless and pointless in this world, but is one of the pleasures and luxuries with which the believers will be rewarded in Paradise. Dhahab is mentioned eight times in the Qurʾān (3:14, 91; 9:34; 18:31; 22:23; 35:33; 43:53, 71).

Islamic regulations demand the restriction of the use of gold and other precious materials in this world, despite the fact that, along with their desires (shahawāt) for “women, children […], horses of mark, cattle, and tillage,” people also long for…

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Hanne Schönig, “Gold [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050492>
First published online: 2016

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