Q: In the Hadith a command is given to lengthen the beard and trim the moustache. I know that it is waajib to lengthen the beard, but what about the moustache? Is shortening the moustache also waajib? If not, then people argue and say that if you say that lengthening the beard is waajib, then trimming the moustache should also be waajib because they in the same Hadith.
A: The Fuqaha (jurists) before declaring any action of Deen as fardh, waajib, sunnah, etc. carry out a through research of all the Ahaadith that have been reported in that particular chapter. They do not merely look at one Hadith and issue a ruling. Hence it is incorrect for one to raise objections against them by merely looking at one Hadith.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)