BEARD OF A MUSLIM AND ITS IMPORTANCE
Arshad S Siddiqui
'We begin by praising Allah, and-conferring blessings to His noble Rasul Mohammad SAW.
was a long felt need that the English speaking Muslim community, which has rapidly increased; especially in the United Kingdom,
Europe and many African countries should have a continuous supply of authentic Islamic knowledge.
Since many of these
Muslims are residing in Western countries they face a multitude of problems to be able to maintain and practice a sound Islamic
This will Insha Allah contribute to, and assist many who desire to uphold Islamic symbols in an anti Islamic environment.
It also emphasizes one very important facet of preserving Islamic values. The Islamic view point on the fashion conscious
world as regards the attire and mode to be adopted by Muslims at all times; and the exhibiting of an Islamic appearance is
extremely important, especially in non-Muslim countries where assimilation could lead to rapid degeneration, absorption and
ultimate obliteration of Islamic values.
True love demands that you do everything, as your beloved would like to see
it. To please Allah and His beloved Rasulullah , an earnest and sincere effort must be made to carry out as much as possible
of the revealed teachings, and not follow the whims, fancies and fantasies of misguided men, and misleading Shaytaan.
May Allah grant us all the towfeeq, strength of conforming and courage to practice Islam as taught by Rasulullah SAW and
uphold his divine way. --Aameen.
COMPULSION OF GROWING THE BEARD
The importance of growing a beard
according to the Ahaadith of Rasulullah SAW and the teachings of the Fuqahaa (Jurists), and the pious spiritual leaders is
recorded herein. It has been explained that the growing of the beard was a Sunnah of Rasulullah SAW. It was also the way and
the Sunnah of all other Ambiya A.S.
'Say (O. Muhammad) if you wish to love Allah, follow me; Allah will surely love
Imagine a person who by shaving his beard chooses the appearance other
than that of Rasulullah SAW, and visualise that if this person has to die in this state - and the moment of death is not known
to anyone - then when he is placed in his grave he will first be shown the countenance of Rasulullah SAW. How will this Muslim
then be able to face Rasulullah SAW when his appearance is contradictory to what it should have been.
There are many
sins of different grades, viz; adultery, sodomy, consuming of intoxicants and usury etc. The offender in these is only transgressing
while actually carrying out that evil act. Rasulullah SAW has said; When an adulterer is committing adultery, he is not a
Mu'min (believer)'while he is commiting the act. The Mashaa'ikh have explained that at the time of adultery the noor of Imaan
is separated from the adulterer. After he has finished this sinful act the Imaan returns into a Muslim.
of the beard is such an sin that it is continuous, and is exhibited all the time. When performing salaat too, this sin remains
with him. Similarly during Sowm (fast), Haj and all other Ibaada, this sinful act accompanies him.
'And Allah alone
aids to conform with His likes and pleasures'.
I propose to write two chapters.
CHAPTER 1: Ahaadith of Rasulullah
SAW and the teachings of the Sahaba RA. .
CHAPTER 2: The second chapter will comprise the rulings of the Mashaa'ikh
HADITH NO. 1
Aa'isha RA. relates that Rasulullah SAW said:
'Ten things are of nature, in which cutting the moustache and growing a fall beard are mentioned'. Abu Dawood.
is mentioned in 'Barlul Maj'hood' that the 'fitrat' means the way of all the Nabis. These ten things, amongst which are the
cutting of the moustache and the growing of a full beards were the practice of all the Ambiya A.S. We have been commanded
to follow these. Allah says in the Qur'aan: '
Those are they whom Allah had guided; so follow thou their guidance'.
Suratul An'aam: 90.
This is an Aayat in the seventh juz, wherein, after mentioning the names of various Nabis
(Peace be upon them), Rasulullah SAW is commanded thus: 'that these personalities were such that Allah had guided them, so
you too (O Muhammad ) follow their way'.
It is stated in 'Bazlul Maj'hood' that this is the way most ulama have translated
the word 'fitrat'. Some have however translated it as the Sunnat (way) of Sayyidina Ibrahim A.S. Some have explained that
it means 'that which is acceptable to normal, well bred people'; implying that those who are not abnormally wicked will accept
all these things of the 'iitrat'. In essence 'ftrat' means the 'seen' (religion). Allah says in the Qur'an:
follow thou the constitution of Allah according to which He hath constituted mankind. No altering let there be in Allah's
creation. That is the right religion, but most men know not'. Suratur Roum: 30.
When the cursed Shaytaan was humiliated
in Allah's court he vowed;
‘And surely I will lead them astray, and I will fill them with vain desires,
and I will command them so that they will slit the ears of the cattle, and I will command them so that they will alter the
creation of Allah. And whosoever taketh Satan for a patron instead of Allah, shall surely suffer a manifest loss'. Suratun
Maulana Thanwi (may Allah enlighten his resting place) has written that in the Aayat "And I will
command them so that they will alter the creation of Allah" includes the shaving of the beard. There are numerous other
Ahadith that command the cutting of the moustache and the growing of full beards.
HADITH NO. 2
the book 'Hukumul lih'ya fil Islam' quoting from Ibn Hibbaan the following Hadith is reported by Abu Hurairah As ; 'Rasulullah
saw has said:
'Amongst the fitrat (Deen) of Islam is the cutting of the moustache and the lengthening of the beard for
surely the Majoos (fire worshippers) lengthen their moustaches and cut their beards so oppose them by cutting your moustaches
and lengthening your beards'.
In this Hadith Rasulullah saw has declared the keeping of the beard a fundamental
requirement of Islam and has described the shaving of the beard as a symbol of the Majoos (fire worshippers). In a well-known
Hadith it is related that 'Whomsoever imitates a people, will be regarded as of them'. That is why Rasulullah saw has commanded
us to oppose the Majoos.
It is obvious that the growing of the beard is an Islamic injunction and all the Ambiya
A.S without exception are agreed on this, as has been already mentioned in Hadith number one. Therefore those who hold this
false notion that it was a custom amongst the Arabs to grow beards therefore Rasulullah saw has commanded it are totally wrong
in their assertions and their argument is baseless.
May Allah through His grace and kindness guide us all to act according
to the teachings of Rasulullah saw and also give us the strength to refrain from committing wrong actions and protect us from
the various warnings that have been sounded time and again.
Ibn Umar has also related from Rasulullah saw that
the Mushrikeen (those who set partners with Allah) should be opposed by lengthening the beards and cutting the moustache closely.
There are numerous other Ahasdith to the same effect.
Abu Hurairah reports that Rasulullah saw said: 'Lengthen
your beards and cut your moustaches, and in this matter do not imitate the Jews and Christians'. It is indeed unfortunate
that today, by apeing the Christians, we are neglecting and destroying this blessed and very important Sunnat of Rasulullah
In a Hadith quoted in 'Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah' it is reported that a Majoos who had shaved his beard and had
a long moustache came to Rasulullah saw. On seeing this Rasulullah saw said: 'What is this you have done ? ' He said: 'This
is our religion'.
Rasulullah saw said: 'In our religion we are commanded to cut the moustache and lengthen the beard'.
Hukmul Lih'ya fil Islam.
Ibn Asaakirr and others have reported that Hasan relates that Rasulullah saw said: 'There
were ten such habits amongst the people of Loot A.S. which were the cause of their destruction. Amongst these habits is listed
the shaving of the beard and the lengthening of the moustache'. Haarith bin Abi Usaama, relates from Yahya bin Abi Katheer
that an Ajami (a non-believer who was not an Arab) who had shaved his beard and lengthened his moustache came into the Masjid.
Rasulullah saw said to him: 'What has prompted you to do this ? ' He replied: 'My Lord (the king) has ordered me to do this'.
Rasulullah saw said: 'Allah has commanded me to lengthen the beard and to cut the moustache'.
In another Hadith
Said ibn Habib relates that Rasulullah saw could not bear looking at two emissaries that came from the court of King Kisra,
because they had shaven their beards. He told them; 'Be destroyed ! Who has told you to make your appearance like this ? '
They replied: 'Our Lord, Emperor Kisra ordered us'. Rasulullah saw said: 'But I have been commanded by my Lord, Allah to lengthen
the beard and cut the moustache'. Hukmul Lih'ya fill Islam.
This incident is described in detail further on. After death
in the grave we will first be shown the countenance of Rasulullah saw. Those will be moments of regret and utter hopelessness.
Allah forbid, if at such a time of need, and with hope that Rasulullah saw will intercede on one's behalf, he sees a face
and a appearance that is not according to his Sunnat, and he turns his face away ! How unfortunate will this be?
HADITH NO. 3
Zaid ibn Arqam relates that Rasulullah saw said: 'whoever does not cut his moustache is not of us'. Ahmad, Tirmizi,
How severe is this warning. Those with long moustaches regard themselves as members of the elite and register
themselves as Muslims in official records, but Rasulullah saw refuses to accept them as members of his group. Waathila RA.
relates that Rasulullah saw said: 'Whosoever does not cut his moustache is not of us'.
The growing of long moustaches
is naturally abhorrent. Tea, water or any liquid will have to pass through overgrown moustaches. If the dirty water after
washing the moustache is suggested for consumption it will unanimously be rejected. But if every gulp of liquid washes over
the overgrown moustache it is consumed without dislike.
Imaam Ahmad ibn Hambal (may Allah's mercy be upon him) in his
'Kitaabuz Zuhd' relates from Aqeel ibn Mudrik that Allah revealed to one Nabi from amongst the Ambiya of Bani Israel; that
he should tell his people not to eat the food (which is exclusively theirs - like swine is to the Christians) of my enemies,
and that they must not drink the water (wine) of my enemies; and they must not make their appearances like that of my enemies;
If they do this they too will be my enemies, like those who are my enemies. Dalaa'ilul Aathaar.
In several Ahaadith
already quoted we see that to shave the beard is the way (common ritual) of the Mushrikeen. And in just as many Ahaadith we
have been taught be different and oppose their ways and ritual practices.
A very important. matter to which attention
must be drawn here is that many regard shaving the beard as wrong and therefore they do not shave. They do not however regard
shortening the beard as equally incorrect and indulge in this wrong act. Just as the Shari'ah commands the growing of the
beard, so to does it prescribe the length to which it has to be grown. Therefore to grow a beard other than that which is
specified is also incorrect. The Shari'ah has commanded that the length of the beard should be one fist full, when held from
below the chin. According to the consensus of the Ulama it is not permissible to have a beard shorter than this. They do differ
on whether a beard which is longer than required, should be shortened to this fixed length or not.
Ahmad Madani (may Allah enlighten his resting place) in his book 'The Philosophy of the Beard', in reply to questions put
to him, writes that Rasulullah saw used to cut his beard both in width and in length, therefore it is important that the detail
of this should be known.
Because the Sahaba RA. witnessed the speech and deeds of Rasulullah saw, Imaam Bukhari (may
Allah's mercy be upon him) has relied on the deeds of the Sahaba RA. as the yard stick. The practice of Abdullah ibn Umar
RA. is referred to as an example because he was always meticulous in following the Sunnat of Rasulullah .
(may Allah's mercy be upon him) states:
'When Ibn Umar RA performed Haj or Umrah, he used to hold his beard with
his clasped fist, and that hair which was longer, he cut off'.
It is obvious from this, that Rasulullah saw cut his
beard in length and breadth in this manner. Besides Ibn Umar RA, Sayyidina Umar RA and Abu Hurairah RA did the same. In the
commentary of Bukhari, Hafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah's mercy be upon him) relates from Tabari that one group maintain that whatever
is longer than the fist span should be cut off. Then Tabari relates that this was the practice of Ibn Umar RA.and Abu Hurairah
It is also related that Sayyidina Umar did this to another person. This method is described by the Ulama of the
Hanafis and Shafe'ees in their books of Fiq'h.
In 'Abu Dawood' it is mentioned thus;
'We use to allow our beards
to increase in length and breadth, except during Haj and Umrah', (after which it used to be cut back to size). This is clearly
understood from Ibn Umar's RA' practice and also the Hadith of Ibn Umar to this effect, which has been quoted above from 'Bukhari'.
It is therefore clear from this that the Sahaba RA. generally used to lengthen their beards during the year and after Haj
or Umrah the extra length was cut off. It is also a fact that Rasulullah's beard was the length of one palm or longer. This
is the reason why he performed khilaal of it (combed it with his finger); and he used a comb to straighten it. It was so thick
and wide that it covered his upper chest in length and breadth.
In this respect the teachings of Ammaar ibn Yaasir ,
Abdullah ibn Umar RA., Sayyidina Umar RA, Abu Hurairah RA and Jaabir RA indicate that they all used to keep beards that were
one palm length or more and they preached this to others. It thus logically follows that this was the practice of most Sahaba
RA. . Jaabir RA, supports this when he says: 'We use to grow long beards and only during the Haj and Umrah did we trim them'.
Rasulullah saw has commanded the Sahaba RA. and the Ummah to lengthen their beards and make this a symbol by which
a Muslim is recognized. This will be the exclusive symbol and uniform of the believer. It is therefore not permissible to
shave, nor to shorten, nor to keep a small (goatee) beard.
(Extracts from the 'Philosophy of the Beard).
Quari Muhammad Tayyab Saheb (may Allah grant him long life) has dealt with this subject in detail in his thesis 'The Shar'i
position of the Beard'. He has substantiated in a scholarly manner from the Qur'aan and Hadith and the preaching of the Sahaba
RA. , that the length of the beard should be one palm long. He also quotes that the author of 'Fathul Qadeer' claims:
'To trim the beard when it is less than one palm in length; like some Maghrabis do, is the way of the Hermaphrodites'. This
implies that there is unanimity among all the Fuqahaa that trimming the beard to less than one fist span is not permissible.
This unanimity in itself is sufficient to substantiate its obligation and compulsion. Imaam Muhammad (may Allah's mercy be
upon him) writes in his 'Kitaabul Aathaar' where he relates from Imaam Abu Hanifa (may Allah's mercy be upon him), who relates
from Haytham (May Allah's mercy be upon him) who relates from Ibn Umar that he (Ibn Umar RA) used to hold his beard in his
hand and cut off that which was longer. Imaam Muhammad (may Allah's mercy be upon him) says that this is what we follow and
this was the decision of Imaam Abu Hanifa (may Allah's mercy be upon him).
The decision of the four Imaams and
those of some other Ulama have been given in detail and substantiated in 'Awjazul Masaalik'. A reference in this book is made
to the strongly substantiated and most acceptable decision of the Shafi'ees to leave the beard as it is when it exceeds the
one palm length.
This is the ruling of the Hanafis as well. The generally adopted decision of the Maalikis is that when
the beard grows exceptionally long it should be trimmed. This does not mean that it can be shorter than the regulation palm
length, nor does it mean that it cannot be kept longer than one palm length. According to the Hanafis, if it is longer than
one palm length, it is desirable that it be cut back to a palm length.
The second chapter will comprise the rulings of the Mashaa'ikh and Ulama
1. Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (may Allah's
mercy be upon him) in his book 'Islahur Rusoom'. under the discussion of incorrect customs, has also mentioned the shaving
of the beard, to cut it less than the length of the fist, to keep long moustaches - as many youth are doing and regarding
it as being smart and up to date.
The Hadith categorically states that the beard should be lengthened and the moustaches
cut. This is related both in 'Bukhari' and 'Muslim'. Rasulullahsaw has sternly commanded this to his followers.
Wherever Rasulullah SAW gives a command then that act becomes compulsory (Waajib), and to neglect this Waajib command is
totally prohibited, (Haraam). Thus it is forbidden (Haraam) to shave the beard and keep long moustaches. This is further elaborated
in another Hadith in which Rasulullah saw has said: 'whosoever does not cut his moustache is not of our group'. This has been
related by Ahmad, Tirmizi and Nasa'ee.
Now that the fact has been established that it is a sinful act to shave
or shorten the beard, therefore those who adamantly continue to do so, and regard the growing of the beard as an embarrassment,
and jeer and mock at those who do keep full beards; for such people to maintain their Imaan (faith) is most difficult. For
them it is imperative that they repent forthwith and also renew their Imaan and marriages; and make their appearances according
to the teachings of Allah and His Rasul .
Rationally too the beard for menfolk is like what hair of the head is
to a women, both being creations of beauty. If the shaving of the hair on a woman’s head is deforming, then how could
the shaving of a males face ever contribute to his good looks. Truly there is no explanation, except that foreign customs
have pulled a curtain over our insight and reasoning, and have perplexed our common sense.
Some say that the Turks shave,
and therefore we follow them. The answer to that is, if the general military personnel act contrary to the Shari'ah, that
does not justify their action, and it cannot be relied on as Shar'i proof to govern Masaa'il. Those who shave are disobedient;
regardless of the country of their origin. Some shave to appear young and to hide their age, as they feel that achieving certain
qualifications at an advanced age is embarrassing. This too is an utterly meaningless notion. Age is a gift from Allah, the
more years you have lived, the more blessed you are. To try and hide this fact is really a form of ungratefulness for what
you are blessed with. To achieve any form of qualification at an old age is in fact honourable, and praiseworthy. This is
because your keenness for perfection of a subject at that age is even more worthy of envy, and if according to some fools
the keeping of the beard is the cause for embarrassment, then they should remember that according to many nonbelievers (Kaafirs),
to be a Muslim is also a cause of embarrassment and backwardness. So Allah forbid, should Islam too be forsaken ?
as we do not leave Islam, because the Kuffaar regard it as a defect and a cause of backwardness, so why should the symbol
and appearance of Islam be neglected because some irreligious misfits think it an embarrassment and an unpresentable appearance.
These are the evil instigations of Shaytaan.
It should be further remembered that it is not permissible for a barber
or hairdresser to cut or trim the beard, or the head in any fashion other than that allowed by the Shari'ah. To assist anyone
in a sinful act is similar to executing that very act. It is befitting for a Muslim barber to politely refuse to carry out
such un-Islamic acts.
There are some fortunate and upright barbers who, inspite of need, blankly refuse to shave
the beards of their clients. Though these are very few, I know of several such persons, enduring all the consequences of hardships,
they faithfully stood by their covenant not to act un-Islamically in this matter.
A few years ago there was such an
incident; there was a person from Patna in Bihar State, known as Haaji Peydal. He set out on foot to perform Haj. At every
five steps he would perform two rakaats Naf'l Salaah. Many of his relatives and dear ones, who had held high posts kept track
of his walk. Whenever he reached a place that was near a railway, they went to meet him by rail. When this Haaji reached Saharanpur
he stayed at the house of Rao Yaqoob All Khan, who was a mureed of Maulana Raipuri (may Allah enlighten his resting place).
A certain deputy (High official) of Agra came to meet this Haaji at Rao Yaqoob Ali Khans residence. There this visiting deputy
called a barber to attend to him.
When he professionally completed the hair cut, with which his client was very pleased,
he was asked to shave the face as well. The barber humbly clasped his hands and said: 'Sir, this I have never done in all
my life'. This honest remark pleased the visitor, and he presented the barber with an extra renumeration.
Islam Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani (may Allah enlighten his resting place) in his book 'The Philosophy of the Beard' writes
that in any organised Kingdom or political system every department has its exclusive uniform. The uniform of the police and
army is different, so is that of the mounted cavalry and the infantry. And there is also a difference between the uniforms
of the ground forces and the air force. The uniform of the post office is totally different to the others, etc. If any of
these officers is not in his own uniform while on duty he is sternly reprimanded, or even penalized. Just as these uniforms
are necessary for the effective functioning of any kingdom or government, so are they important among tribes and nations -
in Allah's Kingdom.
If a study is made it will be seen that England, France and Germany etc., have their own designs
of flags and their exclusive uniforms, so that those who are familiar with them could immediately identify any of them. They
could be identified on the battlefields and on political platforms and fronts. Every nation does its utmost to presence and
protect Its flag and also its national symbols and emblems. In fact when some transgressions are made in this matter it could
lead to explosive situations. Pull down a flag or insult it in any way, and then see the consequences that could even lead
This system of identification has always been adopted by governments, nations and religious groups since time
immemorial. If it were not for this it would be impossible to identify personnel and officials of different government departments,
between nations and between governments.
How would one differentiate between a soldier and a civilian, and between a
policeman and a postman ? . This has been regarded as necessary by all countries and nations, and is still so today. Those
nations and countries who do not preserve and protect their uniform and identity are very easily and quickly absorbed into
other nations. They disappear in such a manner that no trace of their name or culture remains.
The Sikhs uphold their
symbol of identity by keeping the hair of their head and beard. This has given them the status of an independent nation and
they are regarded as a living cult today. The British came - to India at the end of the sixteenth century. They stayed for
about two hundred and fifty years. They came from a country that is cold, but they did not give up their coats, trousers,
hats and neckties in this country which is very hot. That is why a nation three hundred and fifty million could not absorb
the comparatively small number that came. They presented their identity as a separate nation and as an exclusive government.
The Muslims came here - India - over a thousand years ago, and if they had not presented their identity and uniform
they should today appear as Hindus; just as those who came before the Muslims, and did not protect their identities and were
totally absorbed by the Hindus. Today besides being mentioned on pages of history books there is no trace of their name or
culture anywhere on the globe. The Muslims did not only preserve their uniform, but also safeguarded their religious values,
Islamic names of males and females, Islamic way of life and culture, customs and language. That is why they survived as a
nation in India, and thus their identity will remain as long as they protect these values; when they let up they will be obliterated,
and absorbed by others.
It is evident from this that any nation or religion can only continue to survive when it adopts
an exclusive form of appearance, civilization and culture, custom and language. Therefore it was necessary for the religion
of Islam; that was, and still is higher than all other religions in its beliefs, character and practice; to adopt an exclusive
uniform and outlook to protect and preserve this mode and uniform is tantamount to protecting the religion itself. This exclusive
uniform is the mode of those who are constantly obedient to Allah, setting them apart from those who are transgressors and
the enemies of Islam. (This is called the SHA'AA'IR AL ISLAM –( Symbol of Islam).
'He who chooses for himself
the mode of a people will be regarded as from them'. This is the Hadith which at times annoy many un-lslamically inclined
This is why Rasulullah saw has suggested a particular uniform for his followers. Thereafter the late Maulana
Madani (may Allah bestow mercy upon him) quotes those Ahaadith that are mentioned in the first chapter. The gist of it is
that this has always been the exclusive uniform, symbol and mode of those who are always very close and obedient to Allah.
Whereas other nations and peoples that are bent on transgressing and flouting the commands of Allah have adopted appearances
that are contrary and intently opposed to what the Sharia allows.
Besides these facts natural inclination binds every
follower of Muhammad saw that he only adopts those characteristics, behaviour, appearance, habits, style and culture etc.,
of his noble chief Muhammad saw and that he abstain from the cultures and fashions of the opponents beloved Rasul. Who is
there today, that is opposed to Rasulullah saw and the Muslims; more than the non-Muslims of Europe?
facts should be studied; and in view of what the enemies of Islam have done, their exclusive uniforms and their attire and
fashions should be shunned and disliked. It does not matter whether these modes are those of Curzon; Gladstone, French or
America, or whether they are related to dress, body, language, culture or customs. In every locality and every country of
the world it is regarded as natural and human to like and adopt everything that a friend likes, and to regard everything,
of an enemy with contempt and as foreign. Especially those things that exclusively belong to the enemies. Therefore our earnest
effort must be to become loyal and honest followers of Muhammad saw, and not slaves of Curzon, Harding, France or America
As for interviews and government services, and the taunts of office workers or clerks, it is only due to
our weakness that we feel offended. The Sikhs have interviews and are placed at various, grades of government jobs, some small
and others of high ranks, but they hold fast onto their uniform. No person looks down at them in humiliation. Inspite of them
being a minority, they hold most jobs and government posts with pride and dignity.
(Quoted from 'The Philosophy of the
Many youth had confessed that during the unrest of 1947, that they use to shave their beards, but now
they are growing beards because they feared that if killed during the general genocide; they should not be mistaken as Hindus
and be cremated. This fear exists at all times as the time and place of death is unknown.
3. Maulana Saeed Ahmad
Palanpuri, a professor at Darul Uloom Deoband writes in his book 'The Beard, and the Sunnat of the Ambiya': 'There is consensus
among the Ummat regarding the prohibition of shaving the beard.Thereafter he quotes some relevant expositions of the Ulama.
Of these he refers to the author of 'Manthal', in his commentary on Abu Dawood where he states:
'This is why the shaving
of the beard is Haraam (prohibited) according to all the Imaams; Imaam Abu Hanifah, Imaam Shafe'ee, Imaam Maalik, Imaam Ahmad
(may Allah's mercy be upon them) and others.
Further he quotes Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (may Allah bestow mercy on
That where the author of 'Durre Mukhtaar' states 'None have ever permitted it, he has agreed that there is
consensus on the prohibition of the shaving of the beard'. Then he also quakes various other statements of renown Fuqahaa
4. The late Maulana Aashiq llaahi (may Allah enlighten his resting place) in his booklet 'The appreciative
values Of the Beard' has quoted extracts of prohibition from all the four Mazaahib.
He quotes from the Shafe'ee school's
book, 'Al Ibaab'; 'Imaam ibn Ar-Rifaah says that Imaam Shafe'ee (may Allah's mercy be upon him) in his book 'Kitabul Um' has
categorically stated that - the shaving of the beard is Haraam .
Thereafter the Mazhab of the Maaliki school is quoted
from 'Kitabul Ib'daa'. This quote has also been mentioned in the booklet 'Al Lihya al Islam'; 'Without doubt the four Mazaahib
are agreed that the beard should be lengthened, and that shaving it is Haraam (prohibited)'.
The Mazhab of the Maalikis
is that; to shave the beard is Haraam, and to trim it in such a manner that it changes ones natural and normal facial features
is also Haraam.
In the Hanbali Mazhabs books 'Shar'hul Muntahaa' and 'Shar'h Manzoomatul Aadaab' it is stated; 'The
most accepted view is that it is Haraam (prohibited) to shave the beard. Some Ulama like the author of 'Insaaf' have categorically
stated that it is Haraam. There is no report from anyone to the contrary'.
Many others have reported the consensus of
the Ulema regarding the obligation of keeping the beard. Shaikh Abdur Rahmaan Al-Qaasim (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him)
in his booklet on this subject states, 'Ibn Taymiya has categorically stated that the shaving of the beard is Haraam. Allaama
Qurtubi (may Allah's mercy be upon him) states, 'The shaving of the beard, to pull out all the hair of the beard and to trim
- short - the beard are all not permissible'
Imaam Muhammad ibn
Hazm Zaahiri (may Allah's mercy be upon him) has quoted the consensus of the Ulama, that to cut the moustache and to lengthen
the beard is Fardh (compulsory), and substantiates this with the Hadith related by Ibn Umar that Rasulullah has said; 'Oppose
the Mush'rikeen (those who set partners with Allah), cut the moustache and lengthen the beards', and also the Hadith related
by Zaid ibn Arqam RA that Rasulullah has said: 'He who does not cut the moustache is not of us'. Tirmizi.
Ibn Taymiyah lists all those Ahaadith which command us to oppose the Jews and Christians in our appearance, then comments;
the Shariat requires us to oppose them, and to outwardly ape them creates love and friendship for them, just as spiritual
love effects the outward trend and behaviour. These are matters that have been witnessed and experienced.
Umar ',- relates that: 'He who imitates the Kuffaar (nonbelievers) and dies in that state, he will be raised with them - on
the day of Qiyaamah -'. It is mentioned in the book 'Tamheed'' which is a commentary on 'Mu'atta', 'That to shave the beard
is Haraam, and among males the only ones who resort to this are the Hermaphrodites'.
The incident of the emmissary
of Kis'ra has already been mentioned briefly. Maulana Meerutii (may Allahs mercy be upon him) writes in detail, when Abdullah
ibn Huzafah RA presented Rasulullah's saw letter to Khusru Parwez, the king of Iran (Kis'ra), he tore it up in anger and said
-'An ordinary low subject of my Empire writes to me, and has his own name written before mine'. He then ordered Baazaan, who
was his governor main, to have this person - Rasulullah saw arrested and brought to his court. Complying, Baazaan dispatched
a group of army officers under the leadership of Khar Khusru. To study and investigate the conditions of Muhammad saw an additional
officer by the name of Baanuyah accompanied them. When these two officers appeared in the presence of Rasulullah saw, they
began to tremble and shiver due to the overbearing spiritual character of Nabi .These people were fire-worshipping Parsees,
and their beards were shaven, they had overgrown moustaches, and they used to call Kis'ra 'Lord'.
Rasulullah saw was
displeased on seeing their faces, and the first question he asked them was, 'Who has told you to make your appearance like
this ? '. They replied: 'Our Lord, Kis'ra did ! '. Rasulullah saw said: 'My Lord has commanded me to lengthen the beard, and
cut the moustache'.
The point that has to be understood is that Rasulullah saw was upset and displeased by this
appearance of these non-Muslim representatives.
The late Maulana Yousuf Kandahlawi (may Allah enlighten his resting
place) has related this incident from a number of sources in his book 'Hayaat us Sahabaa'. Muslims should seriously think
that after death the very first stage will be to face Rasulullah saw. How displeased and disappointed will he be to see that
face which is not according to his teaching or his Sunnah, when every Muslim hopes for his intercession in the Hereafter.
Thereafter Maulana Meeruti (may Allah bestow mercy upon him) relates the story of Mirza Qateel. Learning of his
sufic talks an Irani was impressed and became an admirer. To meet him he eagerly undertook a special journey. When he reached
the Mirza, he found him shaving his beard. He was astounded and said: 'Aaghaa ! (Sir), you are shaving your beard ! '.
The Mirza replied: 'Yes. I am shaving my own hair, I am not shaving anyones heart'.
Thus referring to the sufi concept
that you could do what you please with your self, but you should not hurt the hearts of the creation of Allah. The Irani without
hesitation exclaimed: 'O ! You definitely are shaving the heart of Rasulullah. 'What do you mean that you are not hurting
the heart of any person; when you are piercing the heart of Rasulullah.
On hearing this the Mirza went into a trance,
and dropped unconscious. When he regained his senses he recited the following verse: 'May Allah reward you, You have opened
my eyes; And have made a personal union, with the king of all souls'.
Thus if there is no intention of pleasing
Allah's beloved Rasul by doing what he taught; for Allah's sake do not hurt his heart, Rasulullah saw is Allahs most beloved,
and to displease him is to displease Allah. Rasulullah saw has said:
'Whoever displeases me has displeased Allah'.
If Rasululah is hurt by non-Muslims shaving their beards and having overgrown moustaches, how much more disturbed and displeased
will he be with those who claim to be his followers, and yet commit this sinful act.
In this respect a very sound
explanation of an American, Dr. Charles Homer, has recently been published. His finding is given below: 'A correspondent has
asked me to invent some sort of electronically operated needle to reduce the time wasted daily on shaving. I do not understand
why people dread and tremble at the thought of having a beard. People grow hair on their heads, so why do they regard it as
incorrect, defective and unacceptable to have hair on their face. When the hair fails to grow on the head then that baldness
is regarded as a defect, and a cause of -shame. Every effort is made to hide it. Yet, it is surprising that a man will daily
remove the hair from his face; depriving himself from that which is the most evident sign of manhood, without a bit of shame.
The beard and moustache gives the human beings face strength of manhood, a steadfast character, individual integrity
and exclusive identity. His survival and safety too are due to this brave appearance. These are the only hair that differentiate
the males from the females. The hair on all the other parts of the body are common between male and female.
describes the shaving of the beard as being bald in the face; and to become slaves of the fashion world as having a feminine
complex. He regards independence, bravery and courage to be male qualities, and the beard is the basis of the males handsome
He further writes, 'The beard and the moustache is returning to the world, and with it will come back that supremacy
that God has given the male over the female. A person with a beard has never forsaken his wife, A person with a beard always
upholds the honour of the beard, that is demanded from him. It gives him that prestige position, that is befitting only for
How unreal is it that a full grown adult desires that his face appears like that of a child; God had created the
beard and the moustache for the male adult to adorn his face with them. Whoever laughs and mocks at those with beards is in
fact laughing and mocking at Jesus (Sayyidina Eisa AS.), because (Sayyidina Eisa AS.) had a beard'.
This is what a Christian
says after carrying out medical and religious research into this matter. According to him for a healthy young man to desire
to appear like a hairless immature child is trying to make nature go backwards. Men should then also try to become like apes.
After nineteen centuries have passed he honours his Nabi (Jesus) AS. so much that he classifies that person who laughs and
mocks at a beard, as having mocked at Sayyidina Eisa AS. because he kept a beard.
Those who claim to be Muslims
should demonstrate honour for that Nabi, who is the Noble Chief of all the Ambiya AS. And Sayyidina Eisa AS. will appear before
Qiyamah and will also be amongst his followers.
It occured to me that though the necessity does not exist any longer,
I would nevertheless like to be a participant in the reward for re-awakening this Sunnah of Rasulullah saw.
who say that people laugh and mock at persons with beards, to them I usually say this verse: 'People think that I am deprived,
of all respect and integrity. They should not think that I am not fit for my company'.
Laughing and mocking of a few
fools should not be the cause of concern, as against obtaining the happiness and favour of the intercessor of the sinners,
the Noble Chief of both worlds, Muhammad saw.
'And our last word is praise be to Allah, the Sustainer of both
worlds, and may He send His blessings upon the best of His creation our Noble Chief and leader, Muhammad saw and upon his
clan and grant them safety'.