Astaghfirullah. Before you’ll go Kung-Fu on me, it’s a meme (:D)!
As mothers, as sisters, as daughters; it is our duty to urge the menfolk to take pride in their beards. Muslim women are recognized by our hijab and niqaab. A Muslim man should be known by his beard.
Ibn Umar (R.A) narrates that Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Be different from the mushrikeen; lengthen the beards and trim your moustaches.”
We’re going to break down that Hadith because #1- It needs to be elaborated that having a Soul Patch, Pencil Line, Mutton Chops or Friendly Mutton Chops type of beard isn’t the sort that’s Sunnah (which is a good thing, because those names) and #2- Exhibiting any sort of lampshade, walrus, toothbrush or handlebars type of mustache isn’t Sunnah either (again, good thing, because ~names~). I’m totally not making up those horrible, unimaginative-but-in-a-weird-way-imaginative monikers, by the way. It’s on Google.
The Mubarak beard of Nabi (S.A.W) was thick and dense. Being clean-shaven is, of course, unacceptable. Arguing that a stubble beard cuts it (hah, get it? xD) is due to a lack of understanding of the Ahadith. There are numerous Ahadith which convey the same meaning. That is to say that a man must leave the beard as it is and let it grow long, without shaving, plucking or cutting any part of it (Your fist-length). Nabi [S.A.W] has commanded us to lengthen the beard and not just to ‘keep’ a beard. The difference between the two is quite clear. If one just ‘keeps’ a shortened beard, he will not be fulfilling the command of Allah, as told to us by Nabi (S.A.W).
Zayd ibn Arqam (R.A) reports that Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Whoever does not remove any of his moustache is not one of us.” Khalaas. My input isn’t required; that’s self-explanatory.
Umar (R.A) rejected the testimony of the man who plucked his beard. Imam Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said: “It is forbidden to shave the beard, and no one does this except men who are effeminate.” [those who imitate women]
Marhoom Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel [RA] related an encounter with a young person who wore a kurta, had a beard and read his 5-times Salaah. “The youngster requested permission to shave his beard. Why? For an application which was made for a visa to a certain country. The person in charge of the department told him that he stands no chance with his beard.
So he said: “I just want permission to shave my beard and get the application through. Once I’ve got my papers, I’ll keep my beard again.”
I said: “Bhai, have I made the Shari’ah that I can give you permission to shave your beard? What of the displeasure of Allah? If you want to shave and displease Allah, why make me a partner in your sin?”
So I asked this person as to what guarantee he has that his soul won’t be extracted while the razor is moving down his face. What guarantee does he have that even if he gets those documents, he will live to see a few more months, so that the beard grows one fist length?”
Rasoolullah (S.A.W) turned His (S.A.W)’s blessed face away from 2 Kings who were clean-shaven in disgust. And they were disbelievers! Imagine if Nabi (S.A.W) turns His (S.A.W)’s face away from a Muslim on the day of Qiyamat because he did not have a proper beard!
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,