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    The Beard Thread

    True love demands that you do everything, as your beloved would like to see it. To please Allah and His beloved Rasulullah an earnest and sincere effort must be made to carry out as much as possible of the revealed teachings, and not follow the whims, fancies and fantasies of misguided men, and misleading Shaytaan.



    May Allah grant us all the towfeeq, strength of conforming and courage to practice Islam as taught by Rasulullah and uphold his divine way. --Aameen.



    'Say (O. Muhammad) if you wish to love Allah, follow me; Allah will surely love you'. Al-Qur'an.





    What Islam says About the Beard


    From The Shari Length of the Beard by Mufti Afzal Elias, May Allah reward him abundantly, aameen.

    Transferred to the web for the benefit of all Muslims by Muhammed Desai (Islam.tc)



    This pamphlet is to emphasize the importance and the length of the beard. Many Muslims have queried regarding this point. I have also found that people prefer keeping a beard in imitation of what's in vogue rather than that prescribed by Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). A compilation of this nature has become important because the impact of the western way of life seems to be luring unwary Muslims into such a craze that the importance of the beard itself is being doubted and scoffed at.



    To those who feel the issue is trivial to worry about, may ALLAH guide him. But to those who genuinely wish to learn and practice what is right, here are sufficient proofs from the Qur'an, Ahadeeth, and learned scholars.



    Concerning Adherence to the Sunnah in the Holy Qur'an:



    "O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you." (Quran 4:59)



    "O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him when ye hear (him speak)." (Quran 8:20)



    "O ye who believe! give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah cometh in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be gathered."(Quran 8:24)



    "Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exempler for him who hopes in Allah and the Final Day, and who remembers Allah." (Quran 33:21)



    "What Allah has bestowed on His Messenger (and taken away) from the people of the townships,- belongs to Allah,- to His Messenger and to kindred and orphans, the needy and the wayfarer; in order that it may not (merely) make a circuit between the wealthy among you. So take what the Messenger gives you, and refrain from what he prohibits you. And fear Allah: for Allah is strict in Punishment." (Quran 59:7)



    Importance of the Beard in the words of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam):



    (1) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said "I have no connection with 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 (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) says: "Trim closely the moustache, and let the beard flow (Grow)."

    - Narrated Ibn Umar (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 498



    (5) "Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) ordered us to trim the moustache closely and spare the beard" says Ibn Umar.

    - Muslim, Hadith no. 449



    (6) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)said: "Act against contrary to the polythesists, trim closely the moustache and grow the beard."

    - Reported by Ibn Umar (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 500



    (7) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said "Trim closely the moustache and grow the beard."

    - Reported by Abu Hurairah (R.A.) in Muslim, Hadith no. 501



    (8) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Anyone who shaves has no claim to the mercy of Allah"

    - Reported by Ibn Abbas (R.A.) in Tibrabi



    (9) Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (R.A.) used to cut that portion (which exceeds the grip of the hand) of the beard.

    - Tirmidhi



    The Beard according to the Great Imams of Jurisprudence


    HanafiI


    Imam Muhammed (R.A.) writes in his book "Kitabul Aathaar" where he relates from Imam Abu Hanifa (R.A.) who relates from Hadhrat Haytham (R.A.) who relates from Ibn Umar (R.A.) that he (Ibn Umar) used to hold his beard in his hand and cut off which was longer. Imam Muhammed (R.A.) says that this is what we follow and this was the decision of Imam Abu Hanifa. Therefore, according to Hanafies, to shorten the beard less than a FIST LENGTH is HARAAM and on this is IJMA (concensus of opinion).



    Shafi'i


    Imam Shafi (R.A.) in his Kitabul Umm states, "To shave the beard is HARAAM." (Shari Minhaj dar Shara Fasl Aqueeqa).



    Maaliki


    Shekh Ahmad Nafarawi Maliki in the commentary of Imam Abu Zayed's booklet states, "to shave the beard is without doubt haraam according to all Imams." It is also mention in "Tamheed" which is a commentary of "Muatta" (Sunnan Imam Malik (R.A.)) that to shave the beard is HARAAM and among males the only ones to resort to this practice (of shaving) are the HERMAPHRODITES (persons who possess both male and female features and characteristics).



    Hanbali


    The Hanbalies in the famous Al-Khanie'a Hanbali Fatawa Kitab state that "to grow the beard is essential and to shave it is HARAAM." Also in the Hanbali Mathab books "Sharahul Muntahaa" and "Sharr Manzoomatul Aadaab", it is stated "The most accepted view is that it is HARAAM (prohibited to shave the beard)."



    Also note, according to scholars of Islam: "To shave off the beard is unlawful (haraam) and one who shaves his beard is legally speaking an unrighteous fellow (FASIQ); hence, it is NOT PERMISSIBLE to appoint such a man as an Imam. To say Taraweeh behind such an Imam is MAKRUH-E-TAHRIMI (near prohibition)" (Shami Vol.1, p.523)



    The Durre-Mukhtar states: "No one has called it permissible to trim it (the beard) less than FIST-LENGTH as is being done by some westernized Muslims and hermaphrodites." (Vol. 2, p. 155). Also, "It is forbidden (haraam) for a man to cut off another's beard." (Vol. 5, p. 359).



    Conclusion


    Thus, a Muslim who shaves or shortens his beard is like a hermaphrodite, his Imamate near prohibition, his evidence is not valid, he will not have the right to vote or being voted for. Shaving and shortening the beard is the action of non-believers. Imam Ghazzali (RA) says: "Know that the key to total bliss (Saadah) lies in following the Sunnah and in emulating the life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in ALL that issues from him, and in ALL his doings even if it concerns the manner of his eating, rising, sleeping, and speaking. I do say thisin relation to rituals in worship ONLY because ther is no way neglecting the Sunnah reported of him in such matters - but what I say INCLUDES EVERY ASPECT of his daily life." (Kitab al Arbain Addin, Cairo 1344, p. 89). Furthermore, in the Holy Qur'an, Allah told Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to say:



    "Say: "If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran 3:31)



    The daily recitation of a band of angels of Allah is "Holy is the Being who adorned men with beards and women with braids" (Takmela e Bahr al Raiq, Vol. 3, p. 331)



    Lastly, Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur'an: "And when the true believers are called to Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) [to accept and practice the law and commands of Allah and His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)] that he may pass judgement upon them, their ONLY reply is 'We hear and obey.' Such men shall surely prosper." (24:51)



    THE CALL IS TO GROW A FIST LENGTH BEARD, LET US HEAR AND OBEY TO PROSPER.



    The Blessed Beard... Grow it, what's so hard to understand?

    Commentary by Islam.tc


    Muslims are overcome with western influence in their lives and it's easy to forget, nay, neglect the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Little do these Muslims realize the magnitude of their actions in imitating Kufaar (see Hadith section). Hopefully the information presented herein will enlighten those. And then there are others who claim that the matters concerning beards is a "little" issue not worthy of mention nor practice. To them I say get off the denial bandwagon, you're a Muslim! Follow the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in all aspects of life, for he was the best of examples. I couldn't tell you how many times I've mistaken a Muslim brother (outside of the Masjid) for a kaafir on account of his clean-shaven, well oiled, face. How can I say "Assalaamu Alaikum Brother!" when I do not know if he is a Muslim. Yet that very brother then wonders why he was ignored! Sure, he can tell if others are Muslim on account of their beard, but what about himself? From one brother to another, I say: "Grow a beard, then, since it also promotes Brotherhood in the real world. Stand with your Brothers, be one. We know you are handsome without it (a beard), but who cares? What matters is how Allah (S.W.T.) sees you. And when you do grow a beard, don't mock the Sunnah, please grow it correctly, i.e. FIST LENGTH. That is the prescribed length and no shorter (see Hadeeth section)..." Peace.



    DEFINITION OF A BEARD: (Another version)

    Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah preserve him) said: The definition of the beard as stated by the scholars of (Arabic) language is: the hair of the face, jawbone and lcheeks, in the sense that all the hair on the cheeks, jawbone and chin is part of the beard and removing any of it is counted as a sin, because the Messenger (peace aand blessings of Allah b e upon him) said: “Let your beards grow,” “Leave your beards alone,” “Let your beards increase.

    ,” Let your beards be full,”. This indicates that it is not permissible to remove anything from the beard. But the sin may vary in degree – shaving the beard is worse than shortening it, because it is a more obvious contradiction of the Sunnah.

    And Allah knows best.



    51:50 – Hasten ye then (at once) to Allah: I am from Him a warner to you clear and open!

    Hadith No:3
    How severe is this warning. Those with long moustaches regard themselves as members of the elite and register themselves as Muslims in official records, but Rasulullah – Peace be upon him – refuses to accept them as members of his group. Wasthila R.A. relates that Rasulullah – Peace be upon him – said: “Whoever does not cut his moustache is not of us”.



    The Hadith categorically states that the beard should be lengthened and the moustache cut. This is related both in Bukhari and Muslim. Rasulullah – Peace be upon him – has sternly commanded this to his followers.

    Wherever Rasulullah – Peace be upon him - gives a command then that act becomes compulsory ( Waajib) , and to neglect this Waajib command is totally prohibited, (Haram) . Thus it is forbidden (Haraam) to shave the beard and keep long moustaches. This is further elaborated in another Hadith in which Rasulullah –Peace be upon him - has said “ whosoever does not cut his moustache is not of our group. This has been related by Ahmad, Tirmizi and Nasa’ee.

    In Ibn Dawood it is mentioned thus: We used to allow our beards to increase in length and breadth, except during Hajj and Umrah’ (after which it used to be cut back to size)

    May Allah enable everyone to draw benefit from this and consider this effort as exclusive to Him. :

  • islam4u2
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  • Abu Jaffar
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    Quality threads from the past :up:
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  • Semantic
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    The popular Maliki position on the beard is that it is a mandub (sunnah) as opposed to a wajib. The definition of beard also differs (the commandment in the hadith is ihfa al-lihyah, let the "beard" grow) and consists of that hair which is above and below the mouth, excluding the cheek and neck hairs - the def being lit the hair on the bones that hold the teeth.

    This is why you see a number of Maliki scholars with goatees, emphasising the fact that the (valid) position is that the sideburns are not required, nor do they constitute beardness necessarily.

    You can find details in Ibn Juzayyah's al-Qawanin al-Fiqhiyyah, wherein most of the popular positions within the school are narrated with ancillary positions.

    This is an interesting piece on the linguistics for the word beard and it's specification. Probably been posted before, but eh, s'nice.. The actual position of the Shafi school (as opposed to the founder) can be found here if you're interested. Of course, the final bit (word of caution) should be absorbed.

    Personally I have a goatee being a Maliki..

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  • AbuMubarak
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    This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me.*This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion.

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    Surah 5 Al-Maa’idah Ayah 3

    3. Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals - cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc., or on which Allâh's Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal - unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) - and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An-Nusub (stone altars).*(Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision, (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allâh and sin).*This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me.*This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion.*But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above-mentioned meats), then surely, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
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    I believe there's a percenteage limit to make profit...


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    Originally posted by Anjum
    Well with interest, Allah has commanded in the Qur'an that interest is forbidden (to the extent that He will wage war against those who deal in interest) so that is black and white for us.

    Peace.
    What about making a profit off the selling of goods & services ?

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  • abdulhakeem
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    The Long and Short of Growing a Beard

    By Moulana Muhammad ibn Moulana Haroon Abassommar
    Posted: 27 Rajab 1424, 12 September 2004

    FACULTY OF SPECIALTY IN HADITH SCIENCES

    Q.) I have heard different opinions about beard. Can you elaborate its real status and importance in Islam? Is shaving the beard a minor or a major sin? Or was it just a cultural issue that no more needs any discussion as so many neo-intellectuals in Islam shave? Please elaborate. [Nasar]

    A.) In all schools of Islamic Law, it is considered wajib (mandatory) for a Muslim male to grow a beard. It is also wajib to let the beard grow a fist length. It is prohibited to cut or shave the beard. He who does so is a fasiq (sinner) and to shorten it less than a fist length is makrooh tahrimi (near haram). This is the view of the majority of scholars. (see Wujoob I'efaaul-lihyah of Shaykhul Hadith, Ml. Muhammad Zakariyyah and the footnotes of ex-grand Mufti of Saudia - Shaykh ibn Baaz). The opinions of the fours schools are as follows.

    Hanafia: Allaamah ibnul Humaam (RA) has mentioned that nobody has permitted the trimming of the beard lesser than a fist length. (Fathul Qadeer; Shaami; Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah vol.5 pgs.93, 105, 108)

    Shafi'eah: Allaamah Nawawi (RA) states, 'The correct view (according to the Shafi'ee Madhab) is to leave the beard to grow and it is makrooh to trim the beard whatsoever.' (al-Majmoo vol.1 pg.290; also see Sharh Saheeh Muslim vol.2 pg.143)

    Allaamah al-Iraaqi (RA) states in his book entitled, 'Tarhu Tathreeb' (vol.2 pg.8): '. that the best is to leave the beard totally and not to cut anything from it at all, and this is the view of Imam al-Shafi'ee and his students.'

    There are quotations from two great scholars of the Shaafi'ee Madhab that do not permit the trimming of the beard at all, not even beyond one fist.

    Malikiah: Imam Abul-Waleed al-Baji al-Maliki (RA) states: It has been narrated from Imam Malik (RA) that he permitted the slight trimming of those hair that are overgrown and are outside the general growth of the rest of the hair, and that Imam Malik (RA) was asked about a beard that had grown extremely long, he replied that it should be trimmed a bit.'

    Imaam Abul-Waalid adds, 'And it has been narrated from Abdullah ibn Umar and Abu Huraira (Radhiallaahu Anhum) that they trimmed beyond one fist.' Hence, this is what was meant by Imam Malik. (refer al-Muntaqa vol.7 pg.266)

    Imaam al-Qurtubi al-Maaliki (RA) has also mentioned something similar to this in his commentary of Sahih Muslim. (see al-Mufhim vol.1 pg.513)

    Hanbaliah: Imaam Samiri (RA) - who is an expert Hanbali faqih (jurist) - states:

    And he should not trim any bit from the beard except if he wishes to do so beyond the extent of one fist. However, it will be best if he doesn't do so.' (al-Mustaw'ib vol.1 pg.260 - see Hukm al-Lihyah fil Madhaahibil arba'ah; Abdul-Aziz al-Nu'maani pg.50)

    Another Hanbali scholar, Imam Shamsuddeen al-Maqdisi (RA) states, 'It is forbidden to shave the beard and it is not makrooh to trim what is in excess of a fist's length because this is supported by the practice of Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu,.' (Kitaabul Furoo vol.1 pg.130; Ibid)

    Similar verdicts are found in other sources of Hanbali Fiqh such as al-Mubdi of ibn Muflih, al-Insaaf of al-Maawardi; Kashful Qinaa, etc.(Hukm al-lihyah pg.50)

    It is clear from all these quotations that it is permissible to trim the beard only beyond a fist length. No one has explicitly mentioned that it is permissible to trim the beard lesser than a fist length. In fact, according to some of these quotations, it will be better not to trim the beard at all.

    Proof of Wujoob

    There are various ahadith of Rasulullah in which the keeping and lengthening of the beard have been ordered. We will just mention a few that prove the above claim.

    1) Imam Bukhari (Rahimahullaah) reports on the authority of Imam Nafi' [ra] who narrates from Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, that Rasulullah said, 'Oppose the Mushrikeen (polytheists); lengthen the beards and trim the moustaches.'

    Imam Nafi' (RA) further states, 'And ibn Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, during Hajj or Umrah used to hold on to his beard with his fist and cut off whatever was in excess of that.' (Bukhari vol.2 pg.875; Kitab-ul-Libas no.5892)

    Note: This hadith has also been narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Huraira [Radhiallaahu anhu] and he is also reported to have trimmed his beard beyond one fist.

    The verdict of the growing of the beard being wajib (obligatory) is deduced from this hadith. That is because any explicit command of Rasulullah will be regarded as wajib, if there is no apparent, clear reason/proof which states that that particular command is for istihbab (preference). This is an established fact in usool-ul-fiqh (principles of jurisprudence). Rasulullah has commanded the Ummah to lengthen the beards. Allah Ta'ala has mentioned in the noble Qur'an, 'Those who disobey his (Rasulullah - Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) should beware of a trial or painful punishment that will afflict them.' (Surah Noor 63)

    Allamah Nawawi (RA) has explained that this hadith has been reported with various wordings:

    The word, 'Waffiroo' is mentioned in Sahih Bukhari (Hadith5892). In another narration of Bukhari. The words 'Ufoo' is mentioned (Sahih Bukhari Hadith5893). The word 'Arkhoo' is mentioned in Sahih Muslim (Hadith602). The word 'Awfoo' is mentioned in Sahih Bukhari (Hadith5892) and Sahih Muslim (Hadith601). All these words imply the same meaning and that is to lengthen and to increase the growth of the beard. (Fathul Bari vol.10 pg.429, 431; Sharh al-Nawawi ala Saheeh Muslim vol.2 pg.143)

    Hafiz ibn Jareer al-Tabari (ra) has stated that some Ulama have totally disliked that one trim his beard at all, while others have permitted trimming beyond a fist length. (Fathul Bari vol.10 pg.430)

    2) When the two messengers of Kisra (Khusru - the Persian King) came to Rasulullah, they had long moustaches and shaved beards. Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam turned his face away in disgust and asked them, 'Who commanded you to do this (despicable deed)?' They replied, 'Our Lord, (i.e. King)' At this, Rasulullah mentioned, 'But my Lord has commanded me to lengthen my beard and shorten my moustache.' (Tabaqaat ibn Sa'ad vol.1 pg.147; Taareekh Tabari vol.2 pg.267-266; Bidaaya wan Nihaaya)

    3) In this narration, Rasulullah has stated that to lengthen the beard is in fact the command of Allah Ta'ala Himself.

    Furthermore, the Wujoob is further emphasized by the fact that Rasulullah did practice this in his entire life. Know well that Rasulullah did not trim his beard in his life. In fact, the beard of Rasulullah was dense and almost covered his blessed chest. (Shamaail Tirmidhi Hadith8; Dalaail al-Nubuwwah of Imaam Bayhaqi vol.1 pg.235)

    Actions of the Sahaba [radhiallaahu anhum] The narrator (Ibn Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, himself trimmed his beard beyond a fist's length, this implies that the wujoob of keeping a beard is up to a fist length only (this will be explained shortly).

    Furthermore, this (trimming beyond a fist length) has also been reported from Sayyiduna Abu Huraira, Radi-Allahu anhu, and other Tabi'een. (Tamheed of ibn Abdul-Barr al-Muntaqaa and Fathul Baari vol.10 pg.430). Bear in mind that Sayyiduna Abu Huraira [radhiallaahu anhu] has also narrated a hadith wherein we are commanded to lengthen the beards. (Sahih Muslim Hadith602)

    Moreover, for the benefit of your knowledge, the sayings and actions of the Sahaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) are a Hujjah (proof). This is also an established principle in usool-ul-fiqh.

    A Misconception

    Some individuals acknowledge that it is wajib to keep a beard, but then argue that there is no mention of any specific length in the hadith. Hence, if one has a bit of hair on his face - irrespective of the length - it would be permissible, because this is also called a beard.

    They also argue that to keep a beard up to a fist's length is the act of a Sahaabi [- Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar - radhiallaahu anhu - and Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra - Radhiallaahu anhu] and it is not the command of Rasulullah. Hence, the one who chooses not to do so will not be contravening any command of Rasulullah.

    This is a result of a lack of understanding of the actual wording of the hadith. First, in the hadith we have quoted, Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] 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 Rasulullah.

    Therefore, the one who intentionally keeps a trimmed beard will not be fulfilling the command of lengthening the beard. The lengthening is wajib, not just having any sort of a beard.

    Second, the hadith is general and does not specify any length of the beard. The words, 'u'ful lluhaa / waffiroo-lluhaa' in the hadith command us to lengthen the beards, which will (literally) mean, 'it is wajib to let the beard grow' up to whatever length it reaches. If we did not have the narration of Nafi' that Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, did trim his beard, then this would have been the case.

    However, the narrator himself (Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar and Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra - radhiallaahu anhuma) as well as other Tabi'een (Radhiallaahu Anhum) did trim their beards beyond one fist's length, the Ulama have deduced that this means that the wujoob (obligation) of lengthening is only up to a fist's length. Neither can we say that it is not permissible to trim it at all - resulting in the accusation of the Sahaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) of contradicting the explicit command of Rasulullah and especially the narrator, (Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar and sayyiduna Abu Huraira - Radhiallaahu Anhuma). Nor can one claim the permissibility of trimming it to leave less than a fist's length, for there is no proof for this in the Shari'ah.

    Hence, if a person is to trim his beard beyond a fist's length it would be permissible and if he leaves shorter than a fist's length, he will be going against an act which is wajib and this is not permissible, and if he chooses not to trim it at all, this will also be permissible.

    The practice of the Sahabi [radhiallaahu anhu] here is used for 'permissibility' of cutting up to a fist's length, because - being the narrator - this is what he understood to be the intended meaning of Rasulullah. In other words, the Sahabi [radhiallaahu anhu] had understood that the command of Rasulullah of lengthening the beard only applies up to a fist's length and not more. That is why they (the Sahaba concerned - Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar and Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra – radhiallaahu anhuma) used to trim what was in excess of one fist. It is not wajib to follow them in doing so. What is wajib in this situation is to let it grow, and the action of the Sahabi is used only to explain that wajib and restrict going against that.

    Severity of the Sin

    One should ponder over the narration that we have quoted concerning the two messengers of the Persian King. How Rasulullah turned his blessed face away from them in disgust. Remember these were disbelievers. Imagine if Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] turns his face away from a Muslim on the day of Qiyamat because he did not have a proper beard! Imagine the plight of that person, Allah forbid.

    Furthermore, as for the act of clean-shaving, by doing so, one is actually imitating the appearance of women. Rasulullah has cursed those males who aspire to resemble the females and vice versa. (Sahih Bukhari)

    After all, what is it that stops us from at least adopting the outer features of Rasulullah? Why is it so difficult to make our faces resemble in some way the blessed face of our beloved Nabi?

    There is an Arabic couplet that says: 'And resemble them if you cannot be identical. Verily the resemblance of the noble ones is also a form of success.'

    And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

    http://www.albalagh.net/qa/0071.shtml

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  • Abdullah al-Muhajir
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    The life of Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon his noble soul, is a shining Example of the perfect human being, whose care, kindness, and compassion for others has continued to radiate as an uncomparable aura of inspiration and influence for over billions and billions all over the world, spanning a period of over one thousand five hundred years, providing his steadfast followers joy, wisdom, and a stable philosophy of life to reflect. Though his era was of a different age, his Example, or Sunnah, has found its way to the hearts of billions of people all over the globe, from the very East, to the very West.

    The Noble Quraan was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, and as the Noble Quraan clearly states that the Prophet Muhammad is an Example of the perfect human being, and perfect way of life, it is evident that, for human beings to follow a pious and good life, to overcome all his/her troubles and tribulations in the challenging examination of life, as best as possible, then human beings must follow the Example, or Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, to achieve such a noble aspiration, and thus be enlightened. Prophet Muhammad is the Universal Prophet, for every time, age, and culture.

    If a Muslim follows and embraces the teachings of the Noble Quraan, then he/she must follow the Sunnah, or Example, of the Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon his noble soul, for that is what the Noble Quraan teaches and stresses. Prophet Muhammad's life is also extensively documented, the only man in history whose every action, word, teaching, and philosophy of life has been preserved in such a thorough and in-depth manner.

    It is this belief which permits Muslims to live their lives with wisdom, joy, and a steadfast and sincere heart, giving them the inner, and mental strength to overcome any crisis or barrier they may face.
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  • Jam
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    Originally posted by Owl Mirror
    .If I understand you correctly, every man and woman who reads the Qu'ran explicitly and follows it's teachings without referring to the life of Muhammad can not themselves understand the Qu'ran correctly ?

    You are correct. I would refer you to this famous article by Sheikh Nuh Keller (although it is specifically about madhabs, it defines why we should not try to extrapolate information directly from the Qur'an with the necessary understanding and knowledge):
    http://www.sunnipath.com/resources/p...R00000081.aspx

    Originally posted by Owl Mirror
    Take for example, charging interest on a loan or the selling of goods.
    Well with interest, Allah has commanded in the Qur'an that interest is forbidden (to the extent that He will wage war against those who deal in interest) so that is black and white for us.

    Peace.
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  • Owl Mirror
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    Originally posted by Anjum
    I would like to quote Sister Zawjaturaafi & AbuMubarak on why it is obligatory to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet:
    If I understand you correctly, every man and woman who reads the Qu'ran explicitly and follows it's teachings without referring to the life of Muhammad can not themselves understand the Qu'ran correctly ?

    My neighbor next door is a shining example of how best to follow Jesus' teachings.
    Should I not look to him as an example of how best to live a life in accordance with God's will?
    If I were to read, understand and follow the Bible, and find that his life contradicts that of the words found in the Bible, should I not also bring this to his attention?

    The example of Muhammad's life is rooted in a society of a different age. Monetary, social as well as methods of worship should become enhanced with time and understanding.

    Take for example, charging interest on a loan or the selling of goods.
    If I spent six months, building a boat, should I not see a profit from my labor or should I sell the boat for only the cost of materials, charging nothing for my labor, time and experience?
    If I were to loan a person money, should I accept only that amount which I loaned without requiring the person to also pay interest, either in money or deed?


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  • Jam
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    Originally posted by Owl Mirror
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    So, this edict is not a requirement from ALLAH but, a command from the Prophet ?

    If ALLAH does not make plain that this action, either way would be sinful, why does it matter what the prophet mandated during his lifetime in todays world?
    I would like to quote Sister Zawjaturaafi & AbuMubarak on why it is obligatory to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet:

    Originally posted by zawjaturaafi
    ..the Quran was sent down through revelation to the Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alayhi wa salam (May the peace and Blessing of Allah be upon Him) as a final book of guidance to all of mankind. The Hadith (traditions or sunnah) was the examples of how to live out the words of Allah Subhanaahu wa ta'ala (Glory be to Allah) which we have in writing in the Quran.

    The Prophet Salallahu Alayhi Wa Salam, shows us in his examples the ways in which the ayats (versus) that are revealed to Him are to be lived out. When the ayahs of hijab (covering our adornments (the women)) were revealed to The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam the wives and the women of the believers came out dressed a certain way and remained doing that until their death. This was our example of what that ayat was instructing us to do. Without these hadith we would struggle to have a more descript understanding of how we as muslims should live out the Words of Allah subhnaahu wa ta'ala. Areas that would be difficult for us, is the correct way to cover as muslimahs and muslim men, the proper way to fast, the proper way to make the daily prayers Salah, how to spend of our wealth, how to handle property in finer detail and the likes. There is much need of the Hadith in which we have been given. In Quran Allah makes mention that He has left us with two things the Quran and the Sunnah. That sunnah is meant by the every action of the Prophet Salallahu Alayhi Wa Salam. He is our living example of the Qur'an lived out i hope that makes sense...
    Originally posted by AbuMubarak
    Dear Brother - Assalam-o-Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
    The following brief article supported by Verses from the Holy Quran will Insha Allah be sufficient for the person, who denies Hadith but accepts the Holy Quran because Holy Quran / Allah SWT Himself has commanded us to follow the beloved Prophet SAW:
    Sunnah - An integral source of Shariah

    In today’s day and age, it is not rare to find a Muslim (or one who claims to be one), who might accept the Quran as a source of divine guidance, yet have doubts about the status of the Sunnah. And it is this confusion that leads these people away from the Quranic message, itself. For, we have to realize that a text can only come alive when someone lives by that text, to its fullest with the proper understanding of it. Now since this text (the Quran) is of divine origin, who better to exemplify its message than the bearer of the message himself. The Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him) was not a mere postman who delivered the message and disappeared. Acting under divine guidance, he not only delivered the message but launched a movement. He changed man and society; founded a community, established a state; and spent every moment of his Prophethood in guiding, directing and leading his followers. His life example of living by God’s guidance, consisting of whatever he did or said or approved, is the Sunnah. The authority of the Sunnah is firmly rooted in the Quran and in the historically continuous consensus of the Muslim Ummah.

    The explicit statements in the Quran in this respect are many.
    • Every Prophet was sent to be obeyed (al-Nisa 4:64).
    • The Prophet Muhammad is the last and perfect model (Al Ahjab 33:21, 40). To obey him is to obey God (al Nisa 4:80).
    • To follow and obey the Prophet is the only way one can love his God and be loved by Him and have one's sins forgiven (Ale-'Imran 3: 31-32).
    • All matters which cause differences or disputes are to be referred to God and His Prophet as the final authority (al-Nisa' 4: 59).
    • No one can be truly a believer unless he accepts the Prophet as the final judge in all affairs and submits to his decisions, willingly and free from all misgivings (al-Nisa' 4: 65).
    • The Prophet has the authority to permit and prohibit (al-A'raf 7: 157).
    • And, finally, whatever the Prophet gives must be taken; whatever he forbids, must be avoided (al-Hashr 59: 7).
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    Shariah - The Way to God" - Khurram Murad, Pg 10.
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  • Owl Mirror
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    Originally posted by Anjum
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    following the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw).
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    So, this edict is not a requirement from ALLAH but, a command from the Prophet ?

    If ALLAH does not make plain that this action, either way would be sinful, why does it matter what the prophet mandated during his lifetime in todays world?

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