Is Clean Shaving In Islam Haram?
No, it isn’t haram. Islam is a religion with diverse composition and believers are bound together by beliefs, practices, and teachings. Many of the things that are obligatory on a Muslim is mentioned and indicated clearly in the holy Quran but there are some of the things there aren’t highlighted in the Quran for instance, beard.
According to the famous scholar’s beard is considered an obligatory thing to keep but it isn’t true. Beard is a Sunnah, as Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had a long and beautiful beard in his time, it became a Sunnah. A Sunnah is not obligatory to follow. Where is it mentioned in the Quran that shaving your beard is haram?
When we say we idolize Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) We try to adapt his actions, way of living, and teachings. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had a beautiful beard and recommended others to keep it.
The Apostle of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:
Trim closely the mustache, and let the beard grow
The clean shave isn’t restricted in Islam. Instead, it is just a recommendation to clean mustache and keep the beard. It is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W), he also used to keep the beard in his life, it isn’t obligatory as it isn’t mentioned in the Quran.
Allah almighty has never forbidden the shaving of beards in Islam. Nothing in Islam forbad to keep it the growth of the facial area and it isn’t mentioned in the Quran.
Is it permissible for men to trim their beard in Islam?
Yes, they can, as it is not restricted in Islam. A Muslim man can completely shave or trim their beard as per their choice. Many Muslim scholars now do not see the beard as an obligation and do shave their beards. It’s the matter of an individual choice. If you are keeping it, for the sake of Sunnah, it’s perfect but if you want to shave it, you can.
Is it Sunnah, Wajib, or Fard to grow a beard in Islam?
Fard is an Islamic duty that is directly commanded by Allah almighty, While Wajib is a shariah term that considered to be an obligatory act demanded by Allah. Keeping or growing beard is not fard or Wajib, it’s a Sunnah.
A Sunnah is a way of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) acted. It isn’t mandatory to perform but is recommend to Muslims for their betterment. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) had a beard, and out of affection and respect of Sunnah other Muslims also keep it. Even the prophet Adam and others kept beard, so it is considered very impactful and effective to keep it.
Remember that “there is beard in Islam, not Islam in the beard” keeping beard doesn’t mean you are at the start of developing affection for the prophet, but you are at an extreme level of in love with him. When a person becomes in love with a Prophet on another level, he wishes to look alike him.
But forcing someone to keep beard is wrong. Even Someone says “aren’t we stepping into a wrong shoe by putting a lover first step into the last stage of love” there are also some people who follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), keeps a long beard, perform Hajj but still commit cardinal sins. Perhaps maybe we are wrong, maybe we are, instead of giving birth to lovers of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), giving birth to followers of Abu Jahal. Because even Abu Jahal had a long beard.
Is shaving a beard anti-Islamic?
No, it’s not anti-Islamic at all. Some people think the act of cutting, shaving, or trimming the beard is haram but it isn’t. But these days, people are keeping beard out of fashion, they are growing the beard in different styles or cutting it in a stylish way which is utter disrespect and disobeying to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) Sunnah. Keeping or growing beard out of fashion is anti- Islamic. You are allowed to keep your beard if you want, just make sure to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W).
What does the Quran say about the beard?
There is no verse in the Holy Quran that indicates the keeping of beard is obligatory. The fact that some of the famous Islamic scholars call it obligatory is because of prophetic traditions as Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) used to keep a long beard in His life.
Is it mandatory not to do a clean shave during Ramadan?
There is no such rule for keeping a beard or not shaving it during Ramadan. It depends on you, but if you want to clean your beard, you should clean it after iftar and before Suhur time, or on the other hand, if you don’t cut your facial hair then just using a scissor check and balance the length, trimming or shaving beard while fasting, can invalidate the fast.
Does shaving the beard invalidate the fast?
No, it doesn’t break the fast, but it does detract from the reward of the fasting person the same as other sins, like backbiting and lying while fasting. So, it is preferable to shave your beard after you have opened your fast.
Did all the prophets of Allah have beards?
It isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Holy Quran or any hadith, but in many Islamic books, it is stated most of the prophet used to keep long beards including Prophet Adam and messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W). And even encouraged people to keep it as it is said to be, a real identity of a Muslim Man.