Reviving the Sunnah – The Beard


The commands of the Prophet (SAW) clearly indicate that the beard should be completely spared. Furthermore, our beloved Prophet (SAW) and companions had full and large beard. There are no authentic reports whether Prophet (SAW) trimmed or cut short his beard. However, there are authentic reports from a number of the sahabah – particularly, Ibn-Umar, Abu Hurayrah, and Ibn-Abbas(may Allah be pleased with all of them), indicating that they used to cut what extended beyond a fist-lenght.

When Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both), went for Hajj or Umrah, he used to hold his beard with fist and cut whatever extended beyond his fist. [Al-Bukhari]

Hadith – Bukhari 7:781, Narrated Ibn ‘Umar
Allah’s Apostle said, “Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).”

Hadith – Muslim, Narrated AbuHurayrah
The Messenger of Allah said: Trim closely the moustache, and grow beard, and thus act against the fire-worshippers.

Hadith – Bukhari 9:651, Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri
The Prophet said, “There will emerge from the East some people who will recite the Qur’an but it will not exceed their throats and who will go out of (renounce) the religion (Islam) as an arrow passes through the game, and they will never come back to it unless the arrow, comes back to the middle of the bow (by itself) (i.e., impossible).” The people asked, “What will their signs be?” He said, “Their sign will be the habit of shaving (of their beards).” (Fateh Al-Bari, Page 322, Vol. 17th)

Hadith – Muwatta 51.7
Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that Ata ibn Yasar told him that the Messenger of Allah was in the mosque when a man came in with dishevelled hair and beard. The Messenger of Allah motioned with his hand that he should be sent out to groom his hair and beard. The man did so and then returned. The Messenger of Allah said, “Isn’t this better than that one of you should come with his head dishevelled, as if he were a shaytan?”

Islamic Violation – Shaving the beard

1. Disobediant to Allah
2. Disobediant to Messenger (SAW)
3. Deviation from the Guidance of the Messenger (SAW)
4. Deviation from the way of believers
5. Imitation of the Disbelievers
6. Changing Allah’s Creation without Permission
7. Imitation of Women
8. Ridiculing the Deen

No Excuses

1.Some men claim that growing their beard causes to the severe skin irritation and scratching. this cannot result from abiding by the pure fitra, but would result from neglect of proper cleaning and washing with wudu as instructed in the Sunnah.

Even if he has unusual skin problem, he must consult a muslim doctor to find the way to treat his problem and preserve his beard intact.

2. Some men assert that their jobs require shaving the beard, and that they would lose their jobs if they do not shave. Usually, this is not true. If one provides evidence that the beard is a religious requirement, the employer cannot force a man to shave it.

If it becomes most likely that one would lose his job if he grew his beard, then he should do that which is most pleasing to Allah. Any thing you sacrifice for the sake of Allah,Insha Allah, you will be rewarded in this dunya, may be with a better job or in akhira.

Other Hair

Men are supposed to trim their moustaches. Trimming is done by cutting them level with the upper lip.

Facial Hair
Except for the moustaches, it is prohibited to pluck or shave the facial hair.

“Allah curses… those who pluck the facial hair and those who have their facial hair plucked,….”(Bukhari and Muslim)

Hair of the head
A women’s hair may not be shaved or cut short so to resemble that of the men.

A man’s or women’s hair may not be cut or done in a way resembling that of the sinners, disbelievers etc.,

Armpit and Pubic Hair
Removing the hair of the armpits, the pubic hair and clipping the nails is among the qualities of fitrah. It should be done at least once in every forty days.

My dear brothers in islam, If you’ve been shaving your beard all these years, STOP NOW, receive your blessing and wear the sign of the believers.

7 Comments on “Reviving the Sunnah – The Beard”

  1. Salaam, thank u so much for this info. Im in cegep and its really hard to put a beard specially that barely anyone has it but i did put it on but i trimmed it abit once every 2 weeks and some muslim tell me its okay specially if your from malik school of thought or sharfi school of thought?

  2. Assalamu A”laykum!

    Brother just one question!

    I have been trying to grow the beard but it just doesnt grow (as much as I like)

    I am 20

    Is there any dua or something to recite or any practice in the Sunnah to make your beard grow?

    what shall I do?

    May Allah Bless you!
    Waslamu A”layk!

  3. thank you for helping our socity . It’s so nice that people can take moment of their time to read and see what you people have in those websites and links.

    How ever,there is people who can read those posts and things in your website,but others can’t and that’s why i’m thinking about having those data bases into a diffrenet languages. many people could do it for you if you can’t.

    It’s realy nice that we as (muslims )have many kind of ways to interst people in joining but our socitys are bases on a combination of languages that are mixed togather to form what we call it (nation) . If those posts translate into those many diffrenet languages then it might have point to make.

    one more thing thank you for everything.

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