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20 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I December 2008
Stop Cutting
All the great scholars of Islam lengthen the beard.” (Muslim) committing a major sin and regarded
unanimously agree on this issue Translation: Ibn Umar radiyallahu as a fasiq (immoral person).
that to grow a beard no less than the anhu quotes the Holy Prophet The above mentioned ruling
length of a fist is compulsory upon all sallallahu alaihe wasallam as applies to all Muslims as a general
Muslim men as it is a distinctive sign saying, “Grow (lengthen) the beard.” rule, as for an Imaam or a Hafiz it
of Islam, and it is haram (forbidden) (Muslim) becomes all the more important to
for a mature stable Muslim to shave Translation: Yahya ibn Kathir grow a beard as he will have to lead the
his beard. says that, once a person from Ajam prayers and the Imamat (leadership)
This verdict was reached on the (external province) who had grown of a person who shaves or trims his
grounds that there are numerous a moustache and shaved off the beard is makrooh-e-tahrimi (severely
ahaadith where the Holy Prophet beard entered the mosque. The Holy disliked), although the prayer behind
sallallahu alaihe wasallam is explicitly Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam such a person will be valid. It is stated
commanding the Muslims to grow a asked him, “What motivated you to in a hadith of Ibn Majah that (page 77),
beard. In this respect a few ahaadith do this act? He replied that his Lord ‘Let not a sinful and immoral person
from Bukhari and Muslim are quoted had ordered him to do so. The Holy lead in a prayer of a true believer.’ It is
below. Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam also stated in Raddul Mukhtar (page
Translation: Ibn Umar radiyallahu said, “Allah has ordered me to 560, vol. 1), ‘It is makrooh-e-tahrimi
anhu quotes the Holy Prophet shorten my moustache and lengthen for a fasiq (immoral person) to lead
sallallahu alaihe wasallam as saying, my beard.” Besides these ahaadith, the prayers. An Imaam is the best
“Cut short the moustache and lengthen there are other ahaadith which person in the community worthy of
the beard.” (Bukhari and Muslim) support the necessity of growing the leading the people in their prayers, he
Translation: Abu Huraira beard. Therefore, to shave, or trim should be pious and apparently free
radiyallahu anhu quotes the Holy one’s beard less than the length of a from sin and immorality.’ In a hadith
Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam as fist is haram (forbidden) and anyone of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe
saying, “Shorten the moustache and contradicting this ruling will be wasallam it is stated, “If you wish that
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