Wearing friendship string bracelets

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/16193

Question: The wearing of [friendship] string bracelets amongst the male students in schools has [now] become widespread, so what is your opinion regarding that?

Response: This is prohibited, [because] this is resembling the women, [as] the wearing of bracelets is something specific to women. So males should not wear them, as [the Prophet] ﷺ cursed those from amongst the men who resemble the women, as well as those from amongst the women who resemble the men.

Translation originally published on 13 February, 2016

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.