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Is the Area Between the Chin and Neck, the Beard?

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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

Is the area between the chin and the neck (bottom of the face) classed as the beard? The part is getting extremely messy and looks odd, as my face hair is pretty sparse whilst the area mentioned, is grown quite a bit so I was wondering if it could be trimmed?

Answer:

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for contacting Mathabah Institute.

Yes, the hair in the area underneath the chin up to the throat is considered part of the beard and should be grown. To trim it slightly, for neatness, nearer to the throat is allowed. – (See: Al-Fatāwā Al-Hindīyyah, Vol 5, Page 358, Dār Al-Fikr[1], Al-Baḥr Al-Rāi’q, Vol 1, Page 16, Dār Al-Kitāb Al-Islāmīy[2])

The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings be upon him) instructed [muslim men], “Trim closely the moustaches, and grow the beards!” – (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 260)[3]

Only Allāh knows best.


[1] وَلَا يَحْلِقُ شَعْرَ حَلْقِهِ وَعَنْ أَبِي يُوسُفَ – رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى – لَا بَأْسَ بِذَلِكَ وَلَا بَأْسَ بِأَخْذِ الْحَاجِبِينَ وَشَعْرَ وَجْهِهِ مَا لَمْ يَتَشَبَّهْ بِالْمُخَنَّثِ كَذَا فِي الْيَنَابِيعِ – كتاب الفتاوى الهندية ج٥/ ص ٣٥٨

[2] وَفِي شَرْحِ الْإِرْشَادِ اللِّحْيَةُ الشَّعْرُ النَّابِتُ بِمُجْتَمَعِ اللَّحْيَيْنِ وَالْعَارِضِ مَا بَيْنَهُمَا وَبَيْنَ الْعِذَارِ وَهُوَ الْقَدْرُ الْمُحَاذِي لِلْأُذُنِ يَتَّصِلُ مِنْ الْأَعْلَى بِالصُّدْغِ وَمِنْ الْأَسْفَلِ بِالْعَارِضِ – كتاب البحر الرائق ج١/ ص١٦ دار الكتاب الإسلامي

[3] جُزُّوا الشَّوَارِبَ وَأَرْخُوا اللِّحَى – مسلم ٢٦٠

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