Assalaam Alikum. I was talking with my Muslim co-worker tonight about how I admired how devout Sikhs are to their religion because they grow beards and wear turbans to identify themselves as Sikhs which is something we don't see in Islam. I mentioned how at our masjid, only one person has a Sunnah beard, and maybe 10 others have facial hair at all. Even our imam is clean-shaven.
To which my Muslim co-worker responded by saying that there is no benefit for growing a beard in Islam, which is why our imam, Muslim boss, Muslim co-workers, and all the other Muslims at our masjid don't make any effort to grow beards at all. To which I responded that I thought Muslim men were supposed to grow fist-long beards and trim mustaches, to which my Muslim co-worker replied that Muhammad (SAW) was clean-shaven except for a mustache.
Am I missing something here? This all seems very different from what I've been following the past 4 years.