Growing the beard to the extent of one fist

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Q: The ahadith on beard have been reported with different formulations: The word “Arkhoo” is mentioned in Saheeh Muslim. The words “Waffiroo, Awfiroo, Awfoo, A’foo” are mentioned in Saheeh Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim. Imam Nawawi (r) commenting in his Sharh Saheeh Muslim on the different terms used by the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), arrives at the following conclusion: “The meaning of which appears all these ahadith is that a person should grow his beard. “


A: The Fuqaha have stated that it is waajib to grow the beard to the extent of one fist from all sides.

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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