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Lengthening the beard and trimming the moustache

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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.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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