Beard - Fard or Sunnah?
  • Question:

    My question relates to shaving for men and is in 3 parts. 1) Is shaving your facial hair on your chin and cheeks haram? 2) Am I sinning by not having a beard? 3) Is having a beard a fard in Islam or a sunnah?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Majority Islamic scholars of all schools of jurisprudence regard keeping some length of the beard as an emphasised prophetic practice (Sunnah muakkadah). Ibn ‘Omar (may Allāh be pleased with him) would keep his beard a fist length, trimming the excess. Thus trimming some hair of the sunnah beard to ensure neatness is acceptable.

    Completely shaving the facial hair on the chin and cheeks is considered contrary to the Prophetic practice, for men.
    Ibn ‘Omar (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates from the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) that he said: “Do otherwise than those who ascribe partners to Allāh; leave beards, and trim mustaches”. Whenever Ibn ‘Omar (may Allāh be pleased with him) went on Ḥajj or ‘Umrah, he would grasp his beard with his hand, and remove what was in excess of it. (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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