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Posted on Tue, Sep 05, 2006 19:00

Asalam alaykum. I am a recent convert to Islam and was wondering if it is forbidden to shave during Ramadan. Can someone please help me?


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Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2007 06:27

saalam brother... Alhumduliah to hear that u had converted into islam im very happy for you.. im a first time user in this and i would like you to be my friend. i just want to ask u a question.. what made u convert into islam? what was the reason.. im sooo happy 4 u though marshallah... please respond.


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Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 15:10

This message for JonHardy I was once Muslim, then I realized that I needed to Honor my heritage, then I left Islam. Now I am a proud Jew. My advise to you, JonHardy that you are an American Soldier first, you country and heritage is more important than join a religion of people that are killing your fellow soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, I expect you to be patriotic American, not to be treasonous Soldier.


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Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2007 13:08

A beard should be no more than a fist long, its a sunnah to tidy a beard not to "leave it alone" as you say.


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Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 12:59

His boss gave him the choice between reducing his beard or leaving the job Question: I work in a company and the boss asked me to reduce my beard (not shave it off) or leave the job. He always lets me pray in the mosque at the times of prayer. What is the ruling on reducing my beard?. Answer: Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: Shaving the beard is haraam, as is shortening it and reducing it, because of the evidence which shows that it is obligatory to leave it alone and let it grow. It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa?imah (5/133): Shaving the beard is haraam because of the saheeh ahaadeeth and reports that have been narrated concerning that, and because of the general meaning of the texts that forbid resembling the kuffaar, including the hadeeth of Ibn ?Umar, which says that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?Be different from the mushrikeen; let your beards grow and trim your moustaches.? According to another report: ?trim your moustaches and let your beards grow.? And there are other, similar ahaadeeth. Letting the beard grow means leaving it as it is and not shaving it, or plucking or cutting any part of it. Ibn Hazm narrated that there was scholarly consensus that trimming the moustache and letting the beard grow is obligatory, and he quoted as evidence a number of ahaadeeth, including the hadeeth of Ibn ?Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) quoted above, and the hadeeth of Zayd ibn Arqam, according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?Whoever does not trim his moustache is not one of us.? Classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi. It says in al-Furoo?: According to our companions ? the Hanbalis ? this indicates that it is haraam. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The Qur?aan, Sunnah and scholarly consensus indicate that we are commanded to be different from the kuffaar and that it is forbidden to resemble them in general terms, because resembling them outwardly may cause us to resemble them in attitude and doing blameworthy deeds and even in beliefs. It generates love and friendship inwardly, just as inward love generates outward resemblance. Al-Tirmidhi narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?He is not one of us who imitates people other than us; do not imitate the Jews and the Christians.? According to another report: ?Whoever imitates a people is one of them.? Narrated by Imam Ahmad. And ?Umar ibn al-Khattaab rejected the testimony of a man who plucked his beard. Imam Ibn ?Abd al-Barr said in al-Tamheed: It is haraam to shave the beard, and no one does that but effeminate men, meaning those who imitate women. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had a thick beard, as was narrated by Muslim from Jaabir and in other reports. And it is not permissible to remove anything from it because of the general meaning of the evidence that shows that that is not allowed. End quote. Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on one who makes the ends of his beard even? He said: What is required is to leave the beard alone and let it grow, and not to do anything to it, because it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?Trim the moustache and let the beard grow; be different from the mushrikeen.? Saheeh ? agreed upon. Narrated from Ibn ?Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him). And al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated in his Saheeh from Ibn ?Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?Trim the moustache and let the beard grow; be different from the mushrikeen.? Muslim narrated in his Saheeh from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?Cut the moustache and let the beard grow; be different from the Magians.? All these ahaadeeth indicate that it is obligatory to leave the beard alone and let it grow, and to trim the moustache. This is what is prescribed in Islam, and this is what is obligatory, as taught and enjoined by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This is following the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them), and differing from the mushrikeen, and avoiding resembling them or resembling women. With regard to the report narrated by al-Tirmidhi (may Allaah have mercy on him) which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to remove something from the length and breadth of his beard, this is a false report according to the scholars, and it is not a saheeh report from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Some people insisted on using this hadeeth as evidence, but it is not a saheeh report, because its isnaad includes ?Umar ibn Haroon al-Balkhi, who is accused of lying. So it is not permissible for a believer to follow this false hadeeth, or to use as a concession that which was said by some scholars, for the Sunnah is binding upon us all, and Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad), has indeed obeyed Allaah? [al-Nisa? 4:80] ?Say: Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad) is only responsible for the duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allaah?s Message) and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger?s duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way)? [al-Noor 24:54] ?O you who believe! Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allaah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allaah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination? [al-Nisa? 4:59] And Allaah is the Source of strength. End quote from Majmoo? Fataawa al-Shaykh ibn Baaz (4/443). Secondly: It is not permissible for your boss to order you to reduce your beard, because this is an order to commit sin, as explained above, and you have no right to obey him. Rather what you must do is be patient and explain the shar?i ruling to him. If he insists on his opinion, and letting your beard grow means that you will lose your job, it depends on your situation and your work. If you can find another job, then leave this one, seeking the pleasure of Allaah. If you cannot find another job, then we hope that you will be forgiven if you reduce your beard, because the scholars have stated that it is permissible to do a haraam action in causes of necessity and extreme need, so long as you limit yourself to the minimum of reducing it that will please your boss. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?So keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him as much as you can? [al-Taghaabun 64:16] And Allaah knows best.


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Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 12:56

Should he shave his beard for the sake of work ? Question: I am a young man with a beard and I am trying to fear Allaah and do my duty to Him as much as I can. I graduated from the college of engineering a few years ago, then I started to look for work, but job opportunities in my country are very few, and even where they exist the financial income is very little. Allaah helped me to find a job in a foreign petroleum company which does not require shaving the beard, and there are workers and technicians with beards there, praise be to Allaah. But the nature of my job will be in the petroleum fields themselves, and it is when known that during drilling there may be an emission of a poisonous gas called H2S, which requires wearing a gas mask which will not adhere firmly to the face because of the hair of the beard. I checked that out for myself by asking other foreign companies over the internet, and they replied that there is no gas mask that will work over a beard. What is your opinion? I repeat that the company does not forbid beards at all, and this applies only in the petroleum fields in order to protect lives. Answer: Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: The command to let the beard grow is narrated in many saheeh ahaadeeth which were narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), which indicates that it is obligatory to let the beard grow and it is haraam to shave it. Secondly: It is part of the tolerant nature of Islam that it permits one to do something that is haraam and to omit obligatory duties if there is a valid excuse for doing so, as in cases of necessity and urgent need ? such as eating dead meat when forced to do so, or a woman being treating a male doctor when necessary. The matter is subject to shar?i guidelines and should not go any further than is necessary. Thirdly: The Muslim must strive to meet his needs without committing haraam actions as much as possible. If he cannot do that except by committing a haraam action, it is permissible for him to do it in that case. Based on the above, you should strive to do the following: 1 ? Look for a gas mask that can be worn with a beard. Some companies have made gas masks for religiously-committed Jews with beards who work for airline companies. 2 ? Look for another job which does not require you to commit any haraam actions, even if that job is in another country. 3 ? Try to create your own work by doing business and the like. If you cannot do any of these things, then there is no sin on you, in sha Allaah, if you shave your beard, so long as you shorten it only as much as is necessary; if you can manage to simply shorten it, then it not permissible for you to shave it off, and so on. Undoubtedly if a person fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him as much as he can, Allaah will suffice him and grant him a way out, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). 3. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine? [al-Talaaq 65:2-3] Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid.


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Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 18:16

Asalam alaykum brothers. Thank you all for your responses. I do not typically grow a beard since I am in the military and it is not allowed. Do I need to request a religious exception to policy for this or is it a battle that I shouldn't fight?


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Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 18:00

Asalam alaykum brothers. Thank you all for your responses. I do not typically grow a beard since I am in the military and it is not allowed. Do I need to request a religious exception to policy for this or is it a battle that I shouldn't fight?


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Posted on Fri, Sep 15, 2006 19:18

As salaamu alaikum It is hard to believe that after reading any of those proofs I posted that anyone would say that it is okay to shave your beard without reason. As Muslims Allah instructs us to obey His messenger SAWS, and His messenger SAWS forbid the shaving of the beard. Fear Allah and try to control your desires.


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Posted on Tue, Sep 12, 2006 23:45

look smart clean shaved. just try how u look with big beards with trimmed moustach in this ramadhan. It will please Almighty GOD


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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 21:03

Bismillahirohmanirohim Assallamualikum whwt Dear Brother John Hardy, Alhamdulillah and glad to Allah All-Mighty .that you are now a muslim ... may you always seek learning and get to know ISLAM well .... To Love ISLAM is Know ISLAM ... Know ALLAH AM, Prophet Muhammad saw, ALQuran and Hadith ... A converter is like a new born child ... you are among the chosen one ... Learn TAUHID ( to know ALLAH AM ) and Fikh (fekah) the syariat of ISLAM About shaving in the blessing month of Ramadhan ... should be no offens... you can shave ... IF YOU ARE IN HADAS ( Uncleaned ) ONLY THEN YOU CANNOT CUT YOUR NAIL,HAIR OR SHAVING ... UNLESS AFTER YOU PERFORM HADAS BATH .... ISLAM is the teaching of ONES of GOD - ALLAH AM and ISLAM is all about cleanliness & hygenes ... for example ... 1)Why we take ablution before prayer or read Al-Quran 2)Why we do hadas bath 3)Why we wash our private part after urinate 4)Why must our clothing clean from najis ( urine / sheet ) ISLAM is a truthfull religion ... seek guidance from muslim brothers at your place ... do not astray from truth teaching of islam May ALLAH AM guide you and your famaly till your last breath. ISLAM is not a rigid ... infact ISLAM is very flexible ... seek ISLAM knowledge to understand and yakin (beleive) ... Wallahualam Wasallamualikum whwt T/Q Your's SUARDIN HJ. ALI


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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 15:46

Hadith - Bukhari 7:781, Narrated Ibn 'Umar Allah's Apostle said, "Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is)." Hadith - Muslim, Narrated AbuHurayrah The Messenger of Allah said: Trim closely the moustache, and grow beard, and thus act against the fire-worshippers. Hadith - Bukhari 9:651, Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri The Prophet said, "There will emerge from the East some people who will recite the Qur'an but it will not exceed their throats and who will go out of (renounce) the religion (Islam) as an arrow passes through the game, and they will never come back to it unless the arrow, comes back to the middle of the bow (by itself) (i.e., impossible)." The people asked, "What will their signs be?" He said, "Their sign will be the habit of shaving (of their beards)." (Fateh Al-Bari, Page 322, Vol. 17th) Hadith - Muwatta 51.7 Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that Ata ibn Yasar told him that the Messenger of Allah was in the mosque when a man came in with dishevelled hair and beard. The Messenger of Allah motioned with his hand that he should be sent out to groom his hair and beard. The man did so and then returned. The Messenger of Allah said, "Isn't this better than that one of you should come with his head dishevelled, as if he were a shaytan?" As salaamu alaikum brother and welcome to this perfect deen. My advice to you, me, and everybody else is to study this deen and leave it as is. Not try to put our desires above what we are commanded to do, nor our intellect. This really is a non-issue if you obey Allah Ta'ala and His Messenger Muhammad SAWS and keep your beard. There is no disagreement on whether one is to keep the beard or not. But there is diagreement on whether one can trim what is below the fist(that which is below your fist when you grab the beard). If any of these brothers care to provide proof where Allah and/or His Messenger SAWS said that it is allowable to shave-off the beard, please do so. If not, fear Allah and leave His deen alone.


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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 01:35

Brother Jon First let me congratulate you and welcome you. Your question actually hits a bigger issue and that is why is it that muslims are more worried about their beards than their taqwa (piety, submission to Allah, struggle to stay on the right path). You are a new muslim and if you have to struggle with this question then I am apologize that muslims have done a poor job in providing you with the essence of Islam. The answer to your question is NO, during ramadhan or otherwise, shaving is a non-issue. Keeping a beard is not an obligation. So brother please enjoy your ramadhan and especially the last 10 nights. Allah swt has specified the blessings of THE Night (the exact is unknown so cover all 10 and you definitely won't miss it). Please don't get caught up in the image issues and let the purity of your heart guide you. If you study about the life of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) you will find that he encouraged the folks to be well groomed and clean because it attracts people to you and they feel comfortable around you. Muslims need to strive to be loved by others and not feared, despised, ridiculed or repulsive. Let me know what you think.


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Posted on Tue, Sep 05, 2006 22:00

you can shave brother


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Posted on Tue, Sep 05, 2006 21:56

Asalam aleykum. There are a lot, a lot of ahadith that state that shaving is a sin at any time of the year. Ramadan is just a good time for a new beginning. I belief it is a best time to convert to islam, or start practicing something which was taken easy before, because of spirit of unity among muslims and happiness , that is hard to find at any other time of the year. But from experience ( i am convert to ) I've meet some muslims who was trying to show islam down my throat , with all that is must and not must- vajib and sunna. It actually had an opposite effect on me, my iman vent down, i got frustrated. Just take yore time, beard is not what makes you muslim - right akida ( believe ) and prayer. The rest will come gradually as you study.


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