Growing a beard

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Q: I want to grow a beard but my mother is telling me to only grow my beard after marriage. I live in India and there is a lot of difficulty in finding a girl if someone has a beard. I want to get married as soon as possible because there is a lot of fitna and temptation here.


A: It is compulsory for a male to grow a beard. Shaving the beard, cutting it or trimming it before it reaches one fist in length is not permissible. If one shaves the beard, cuts it or trims it before it reaches the length of one fist, one will be sinful. Growing a beard is the command of Allah Ta’ala and it is not permissible for you to break the command of Allah Ta’ala in order to please your mother. It is reported in the Mubaarak Hadith that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam) said obeying the creation is not permissible if it will result in the disobedience of Allah Ta’ala. May Allah Ta’ala bless you with a pious and suitable spouse.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

ولا بأس بنتف الشيب و أخذ أطراف اللحية والسنة فيها القبضة … ولذا يحرم على الرجل قطع لحيته (الدر المختار 6/406)

( لا ) يكره … تطويل اللحية إذا كانت بقدر المسنون وهو القبضة … وأما الأخذ منها وهي دون ذلك كما يفعله بعض المغاربة ومخنثة الرجال فلم يبحه أحد وأخذ كلها فعل يهود الهند ومجوس الأعاجم (الدر المختار 2/417-418)

عن ابن عمر عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال خالفوا المشركين وفروا اللحى وأحفوا الشوارب وكان ابن عمر إذا حج أو اعتمر قبض على لحيته فما فضل أخذه (بخاري رقم 5892)

ودخلا على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وقد حلقا لحاهما وأعفيا شواربهما فكره النظر إليهما وقال ” ويلكما من أمركما بهذا ؟ ” قالا أمرنا ربنا – يعنيان كسرى – فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ” ولكن ربي أمرني باعفاء لحيتي وقص شاربي (البداية والنهاية 6/486)

السيرة الحلبية 3/246

فتاوى رحيمية 10/108

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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