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Peace Brothers,

 

I say brothers because I don't suppose many sisters are interested in this thread.

 

I agree with "lovelikethis", I cannot see any justification for growing a beard to be mandatory. Certainly those who profit by this requirement would disagree with me.

 

If you feel it is mandatory then spare a thought for those men who just cannot grow one. When I was travelling in Nepal, although it is predominantly a Buddist country there are Muslims there. I was struck by their facination with the hair on my arms. I noticed then that the men in this country in the main do not have body hair and rarely shave. Growing a beard is down right impossible for them If you stipulate that a beard must be grown to emulate the Prophet you are actually, although sub conciously saying that God decreed through His Prophet something that could not be achieved by all men; that to me seems to be saying that God was not aware of His creation.

 

The final point that "lovelikethis" made is very valid; the Prophets enemies also had beards. I guess it must be a cultural thing.

 

Peace

 

Chris

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What Islam says About the Beard [using large font size is not allowed]

 

From The Shari Length of the Beard by Mufti Afzal Elias, May Allah reward him abundantly, aameen.

 

Transferred to the web for the benefit of all Muslims by Islam.tc

 

This article is to emphasize the importance and the length of the beard. Many Muslims have queried regarding this point. I have also found that people prefer keeping a beard in imitation of what's in vogue rather than that prescribed by Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). A compilation of this nature has become important because the impact of the western way of life seems to be luring unwary Muslims into such a craze that the importance of the beard itself is being doubted and scoffed at.

 

To those who feel the issue is trivial to worry about, may Allah guide him. But to those who genuinely wish to learn and practice what is right, here are sufficient proofs from the Qur'an, Ahadeeth, and learned scholars.

 

Concerning Adherence to the Sunnah in the Holy Qur'an:

 

"O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you." (Quran 4:59)

 

"O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him when ye hear (him speak)." (Quran 8:20)

 

"O ye who believe! give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah cometh in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be gathered." (Quran 8:24)

 

"Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exempler for him who hopes in Allah and the Final Day, and who remembers Allah." (Quran 33:21)

 

"What Allah has bestowed on His Messenger (and taken away) from the people of the townships,- belongs to Allah,- to His Messenger and to kindred and orphans, the needy and the wayfarer; in order that it may not (merely) make a circuit between the wealthy among you. So take what the Messenger gives you, and refrain from what he prohibits you. And fear Allah: for Allah is strict in Punishment." (Quran 59:7)

 

Importance of the Beard in the words of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam):

 

(1) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said "I have no connection iwth one who shaves, shouts and tears his clothing eg. in grief or affication." - Reported by Abu Darda (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 501

 

(2) The teachings of Hadhrat Ammar Bin Yaasir, Abdullah Ibn Umar, Sayyidina Umar, Abu Hurairah and Jaabir (R.A.), indicate that ALL used to keep beards that were one fist length or more. Hadhrat Jaabir (R.A.) had said: "We used to grow long beards and only during Hajj and Umrah did we trim them to the required length (i.e. fist length)."

 

(3) Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (R.A.) relates that: "He who imitates the kuffar (non-believers) and dies in that state, he will be raised up with them on the Day of Qiyamat (Judgement)."

 

(4) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) says: "Trim closely the moustache, and let the beard flow (Grow)."

- Narrated Ibn Umar (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 498

 

(5) "Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) ordered us to trim the moustache closely and spare the beard" says Ibn Umar.

- Muslim, Hadith no. 449

 

(6) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)said: "Act against contrary to the polythesists, trim closely the moustache and grow the beard."

- Reported by Ibn Umar (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 500

 

(7) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said "Trim closely the moustache and grow the beard."

- Reported by Abu Hurairah (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 501

 

(8) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Anyone who shaves has no claim to the mercy of Allah"

- Reported by Ibn Abbas (R.A.) in Tibrabi

 

(9) Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (R.A.) used to cut that portion (which exceeds the grip of the hand) of the beard.

- Tirmidhi

 

The Beard according to the Great Imams of Jurisprudence

 

Hanafi

 

Imam Muhammed (R.A.) writes in his book "Kitabul Aathaar" where he relates from Imam Abu Hanifa (R.A.) who relates from Hadhrat Haytham (R.A.) who relates from Ibn Umar (R.A.) that he (Ibn Umar) used to hold his beard in his hand and cut off which was longer. Imam Muhammed (R.A.) says that this is what we follow and this was the decision of Imam Abu Hanifa. Therefore, according to Hanafies, to shorten the beard less than a FIST LENGTH is HARAAM and on this is IJMA (concensus of opinion).

 

Shafi'i

 

Imam Shafi (R.A.) in his Kitabul Umm states, "To shave the beard is HARAAM." (Shari Minhaj dar Shara Fasl Aqueeqa).

 

Maaliki

 

Shekh Ahmad Nafarawi Maliki in the commentary of Imam Abu Zayed's booklet states, "to shave the beard is without doubt haraam according to all Imams." It is also mention in "Tamheed" which is a commentary of "Muatta" (Sunnan Imam Malik (R.A.)) that to shave the beard is HARAAM and among males the only ones to resort to this practice (of shaving) are the HERMAPHRODITES (persons who possess both male and female features and characteristics).

 

Hanbali

 

The Hanbalies in the famous Al-Khanie'a Hanbali Fatawa Kitab state that "to grow the beard is essential and to shave it is HARAAM." Also in the Hanbali Mathab books "Sharahul Muntahaa" and "Sharr Manzoomatul Aadaab", it is stated "The most accepted view is that it is HARAAM (prohibited to shave the beard)."

 

Also note, according to scholars of Islam: "To shave off the beard is unlawful (haraam) and one who shaves his beard is legally speaking an unrighteous fellow (FASIQ); hence, it is NOT PERMISSIBLE to appoint such a man as an Imam. To say Taraweeh behind such an Imam is MAKRUH-E-TAHRIMI (near prohibition)" (Shami Vol.1, p.523)

 

The Durre-Mukhtar states: "No one has called it permissible to trim it (the beard) less than FIST-LENGTH as is being done by some westernized Muslims and hermaphrodites." (Vol. 2, p. 155). Also, "It is forbidden (haraam) for a man to cut off another's beard." (Vol. 5, p. 359).

 

Conclusion

 

Thus, a Muslim who shaves or shortens his beard is like a hermaphrodite, his Imamate near prohibition, his evidence is not valid, he will not have the right to vote or being voted for. Shaving and shortening the beard is the action of non-believers. Imam Ghazzali (RA) says: "Know that the key to total bliss (Saadah) lies in following the Sunnah and in emulating the life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in ALL that issues from him, and in ALL his doings even if it concerns the manner of his eating, rising, sleeping, and speaking. I do say thisin relation to rituals in worship ONLY because ther is no way neglecting the Sunnah reported of him in such matters - but what I say INCLUDES EVERY ASPECT of his daily life." (Kitab al Arbain Addin, Cairo 1344, p. 89). Furthermore, in the Holy Qur'an, Allah told Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to say:

 

"Say: "If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran 3:31)

 

The daily recitation of a band of angels of Allah is "Holy is the Being who adorned men with beards and women with braids" (Takmela e Bahr al Raiq, Vol. 3, p. 331)

 

Lastly, Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur'an: "And when the true believers are called to Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) [to accept and practice the law and commands of Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)] that he may pass judgement upon them, their ONLY reply is 'We hear and obey.' Such men shall surely prosper." (24:51)

 

THE CALL IS TO GROW A FIST LENGTH BEARD, LET US HEAR AND OBEY TO PROSPER inshallah and may Allah give us all the hadayah to grow beards and keep them AMEEN

________________________________________

 

The Blessed Beard... Grow it, what's so hard to understand?

 

Commentary by Islam.tc

 

Muslims are overcome with western influence in their lives and it's easy to forget, nay, neglect the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Little do these Muslims realize the magnitude of their actions in imitating Kufaar.This is a truly shocking! Hopefully the information presented herein will enlighten those. And then there are others who claim that the matters concerning beards is a "little" issue not worthy of mention nor practice. To them I say get off the denial bandwagon, you're a Muslim! Follow the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in all aspects of life, for he was the best of examples. I couldn't tell you how many times I've mistaken a Muslim brother (outside of the Masjid) for a kaafir on account of his clean-shaven, well oiled, face. How can I say "Assalaamu Alaikum Brother!" when I do not know if he is a Muslim. Yet that very brother then wonders why he was ignored! Sure, he can tell if others are Muslim on account of their beard, but what about himself? From one brother to another, I say: "Grow a beard, then, since it also promotes Brotherhood in the real world. Stand with your Brothers, be one. We know you think you are handsome without it (a beard), but who cares? What matters is how Allah (S.W.T.) sees you. And when you do grow a beard, don't mock the Sunnah, please grow it correctly, i.e. FIST LENGTH. That is the prescribed length and no shorter..." Peace.

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i have been keeping from Dec 2008. till then i guess 100s of ppl have told me to cut down the beard. today my mom told me again to cut down the beard, because i don't look good!!!

at first i feel bad about their comment and later i feel very angry because i am not doing any wrong and this is the first time so many ppl are against me!

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salam

 

"Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) ordered[using large font size is not allowed] us to trim the moustache closely and spare the beard" says Ibn Umar.

- Muslim, Hadith no. 449

 

It is an order, not just a recommendation.

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The pagans at the time of prophet Muhammad used to shave their beards as part of their worship. Prophet Muhammad encouraged his companions to grow their beards to distinguish themselves from them.

 

It is sunnah to grow a beard, because prophet Muhammad did so.

 

Salam.

 

 

The pagans in his area perhaps... but um... not all over the world so that is a bad over-generalization.

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I find that a bit funny, Vikings is a great example. They killed 1000s of people, robbed and burned down village (all Haraam). Spanish Conquistadors once again killed 1000s, robbed burned down villages.

 

Best example:

The Persian Empire. They had beards yet the leader said he was God and demanded to be worshiped. Oh and just to let you know many pagans during Prophets time had a beard. It depended on which god they worhsiped.

 

Don't forget the Templars, they were forsaken to shave as well.

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Actually i find your example funny.

 

I strongly believe that if the Vikings were to come to my city and if i was to mix with them.

everyone will easily identify them as vikings and will easily identify me as muslim.

 

I say this with the regular/usual looks that i get from all kinds of people. Have experienced this in India, France, UK, USA.

 

In fact there are the rastafarians and likes who are easily recognised not as muslims but rastafarians. on the other hand a white muslim with a beard in my experience also been recognized as muslim.

 

so your experince is textual and consists your own opinion while mine is practical and consists of the opinion and judgement of the rasool allaah sallaahu alayhi wasallam.

 

 

I'm a Caucasian-Muslim and people generally ask me if I'm Amish... not Muslim, which is funny as the Amish shave their lip as they consider lip hair to be a device of vanity.

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i have been keeping from Dec 2008. till then i guess 100s of ppl have told me to cut down the beard. today my mom told me again to cut down the beard, because i don't look good!!!

at first i feel bad about their comment and later i feel very angry because i am not doing any wrong and this is the first time so many ppl are against me!

 

 

I started mine in December 2008 as well... I've had people make fun of it at work, and most of my friends as well. They call it pubic hair, call me Amish, call me Jewish, Rabbi, etc... but oddly never one has called me a Muslim (and the fact I'm Muslim is not known to any of them).

 

Just ignore them like me, don't feel bad, don't feel angry. You aren't growing a beard for them!

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thanks RyanM for your reply. i will try my best.

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i cant understand why do ppl ever dedebate on smthing dat has long been settled by the HOLY PROPHET him self... ther r controvelsial issuues like RAFAYADAIN... n we find dat RASULAALAH S,A ,W smtimes did rafayadain n smtimes didnt.. so its no wonder smm ppl prefer tpo do while others not to... but a simple issue like having beard shudnt ve any controversies.i mean RASULAALAH n all his sahabis..ALL OF THEM grew beard. so??? wat if even u find sm scholar saying otherwise?? who u re to folow de scholr or RASULALLAH..

i think its not dat de scholars re incorect.its just.. ppl dont understand wat de scholars meant.

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I find it really strange that people till today wonder whether growing a beard is obligatory or not. Of course it is. It is like a hijab for men. And for those who think "I will lose my job if I grow my beard", WHO GOT you that job in the first place? Are you trying to please your employer or Allah (s.w.t.)? Grow your beard and pray to Allah to provide you with a better job that allows you to practice your faith as he is the giver of givers. Allah will reward you for your struggle, so why does a little salary cut put a frown in your face? If you could see even 1% of Jannah (Heaven) you would grow your beard till it touches the floor! Think!

 

Before I started growing a beard (about 2 months ago) I used to notice a lot of girls used to look at me. But after I started growing, all my friends tell me "It looks bad, shave it", and all I can say is SUBHANNALLAH for giving me protection from that which is forbidden. This beard is Allah's way of protecting me from something I don't want to expose myself to. Now women will either find me unattractive or think that I am trying my best to be religious so I won't have any interest in them. This doesn't affect me because I'm doing this to please my Lord.

 

Think about women, they worry more about beautifying themselves than how we men do, yet I see girls starting to wear hijab at such a young age, remarkable! If you are still reluctant to grow a beard, look at those girls for inspiration! If they can do it, why can't you. I feel if it is still difficult for you to grow a beard at least fist-size, then grow it as much as you can even if it doesn't look that long, but please ABSTAIN from clean-shaving as all schools of thought that I've read have branded shaving of the beard as HARAM, but your intention should be that you will grow a full-beard one day inshallah. You will notice while you are growing a beard that many kuffar might act differently with you but also you will notice a lot of Muslim brothers will appreciate your efforts because THIS is our identity. Now, a lot of times I'm outside, I've noticed many people who I wouldn't be sure were Muslims greet me with Salams, but before when I used to clean shave people never even knew I was even a Muslim!

 

Be proud of who you are and don't be ashamed or fearful of showing it, after all are you seeking the gratitude of the creation OR the creator?

Edited by UmairK
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I desperate love bears but it seems i can't grow it any more. i am about 30 now only with flashes on my chin. is there any herbs or medicine to aid it growth?

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It seems purposeless and does one want everyone to do exactly the same thing? I think not and the Tower of Babel story in the bible shows that it is not God's way.

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I desperate love bears but it seems i can't grow it any more. i am about 30 now only with flashes on my chin. is there any herbs or medicine to aid it growth?

 

There is nothing to worry about brother. You don't have to do anything. Some people grow thick beards and some not, that's natural. And insha'Allah you will be rewarded for your sincere intention.

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Thank you brother. may God bless you, but i'd need recommendation to help it growth?

Assalaamu Alaikum!

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Did you shave your beard before? Frequent shaving result in growing thicker, more dense beards. I suggest that you shave it repeatedly on a daily basis for a week or 2, while you start applying the following tips:

 

a diet high in protein, with less stress and more sleep can help you grow a faster beard. Stress is one of the contributing factors of hair loss, and will reverse the effects in men of any age. Protein gives your body the right nutrients to grow more hair, and sleep is the necessary time to put it all into place. Even drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day will help keep the growth thick and healthy.

 

Biotin is a natural hair growth supplement that you can take to help improve the hair quality and growth. This is especially helpful in men who suffer thin, patchy beards. Biotin contains Vitamin B6, C, and E, which will help keep your hair and skin in top shape. The downside to this supplement is that hair and nails are much alike, and accelerated nails and other bodily hair are likely to occur. So make sure you can deal with this potential before going forward.

 

 Castor oil is a great conditioning treatment that promotes hair growth, and will keep your beard moving in the right direction. Apply castor oil at night before you go to bed (a towel will help prevent staining), and wash off in the morning. Keep this ritual daily until the hair shows successful growth, and then move to a weekly régime. 

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Thanks v.much, i will try the routine and see what will happen.

MashaAllah!

Assalaamu Alaikum.

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Sorry dot, but I'm afraid you're mistaken, as are many people about the growth of hair.  Shaving (like cutting) does not make hair grow quicker or thicker.  That's an old piece of folklore.  Hair is dead tissue from the time it emerges from the follicle and cannot be stimulated to grow by any form of treatment thereafter.    

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