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Sunnah Beard Care: Shaving Dos and Don’ts

Q: Please inform me of the Sunnah way of keeping a beard? Please let me know of the areas which you can shave and which you cannot.


A: According to the Ulama it is waajib to grow the beard to the extent of one fist from all sides. Cutting or trimming it less than a fist is impermissible. The beard commences from the protruding bone that is in line of the upper ear. The hair on the cheek can be cut as this does not form part of the beard.

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

وحد الوجه من قصاص الشعر إلى أسفل الذقن وإلى شحمتي الأذن لأن المواجهة تقع بهذه الجملة وهو مشتق منها (الهداية 1/16)

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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