Islamic Series: Significance of keeping beard in Islam

Islamic Series: Significance of keeping beard in Islam

In Islam, everyone follows the laws of the 114 Surahs of Quran, and the Sayings of Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him.

Allah Almighty said in the Noble Quran

“O ye who believe! Obey God, and obey the Apostle, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to God and His Apostle, if ye do believe in God and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.” (The Noble Quran, 4:59)

 

“When there comes to them some matter touching (Public) safety or fear, they divulge it. If they had only referred it to the Apostle, or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have Tested it from them (direct). Were it not for the Grace and Mercy of God unto you, all but a few of you would have fallen into the clutches of Satan.” (The Noble Quran, 4:83)

 

Since growing beards is not addressed in the Noble Quran, then it is important to see what Prophet Mohammed (SAW) said regarding it and follow his commands.

Importance of the Beard in Islam in the words of Rasulullah (SAW)

 

  1. Rasulullah (SAW) said “I have no connection iwth one who shaves, shouts and tears his clothing eg. in grief or affication.” – Reported by Abu Darda (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 501
  2. The teachings of Hadhrat Ammar Bin Yaasir, Abdullah Ibn Umar, Sayyidina Umar, Abu Hurairah and Jaabir (R.A.), indicate that ALL used to keep beards that were one fist length or more. Hadhrat Jaabir (R.A.) had said: “We used to grow long beards and only during Hajj and Umrah did we trim them to the required length (i.e. fist length).”
  3. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (R.A.) relates that: “He who imitates the kuffar (non-believers) and dies in that state, he will be raised up with them on the Day of Qiyamat (Judgement).”
  4. Rasulullah (SAW) says: “Trim closely the moustache, and let the beard flow (Grow).” – Narrated Ibn Umar (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 498.
  5. “Rasulullah (SAW) ordered us to trim the moustache closely and spare the beard” says Ibn Umar. – Muslim, Hadith no. 449
  6. Rasulullah (SAW)said: “Act against contrary to the polytheists’, trim closely the moustache and grow the beard.” – Reported by Ibn Umar in Muslim, Hadith no. 500
  7. Rasulullah (SAW) said “Trim closely the moustache and grow the beard.” – Reported by Abu Hurairah (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 501
  8. Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Anyone who shaves has no claim to the mercy of Allah” – Reported by Ibn Abbas (R.A.) in Tibrabi

 

Scientific benefits of having a Beard

 

  1. A beard protects the face from harmful chemicals, and pollution in the air, which will cause cell damage, and increase wrinkling and bad skin. So keeping a beard protects your skin from the elements, reduces wrinkles, ageing, and bad skin.
  2. The beard covers the skin, which protects the sebaceous glands from being infected by acne vulgaris bacteria, thus preventing acne/spots/pimples!

 

  1. Keeping your face warmer and protects your chin from dangers.

 

  1. It prevents disease of throat and gums.

 

  1. Most of the respiratory problems are prevented by keeping beard.

 

  1. It is the identity for a man with respect to woman.

 

  1. Research says the longer and thicker the beard the wiser the person is supposed to be.

 

 

A man should think, how can he possibly place the hair which Allah, The Exalted, has commanded him to keep and practice of the Messenger, May Allah bless him and grant him peace, down the same drain pipe as one urinates, Is this the respect we have for the practice loved by the Prophet? We are so weak in faith that we want to follow the practices of the west rather than the Prophet. We are living in such a time where the women are wearing shirt and pants and trimming their hair, whilst the male are disfiguring themselves with rings on their faces. If a person does not keep a beard then how can he be recognized as a male, may Allah have mercy on us.

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