Trimming the moustache

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Q: I would like to know whether it is permissible to trim the moustache if I don’t have a full 1 fist beard yet, but my beard is in the initial growing stages (I do have little hair on the 2 sides and on my chin). If it’s not permissible and I have already trimmed it before and now it grows faster and thicker so should I trim it?


A: Yes, it is permissible to trim the moustache, in fact it is desirable.

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

عن نافع 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 #5892)

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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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