Sin for not keeping a beard

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Q: What if a guy is not keeping his beard out of fear for people that what will they say? Is he doing shirk or kufar or some sin? I’m aware that not keeping a beard is a sin, that’s what i heard. But I want to know if a person does not do something because of fear for people which he should be doing, is it’s a sin, kufar, shirk?


A: It is not shirk or kufr, however it is a major sin.

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, 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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