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Shaving beard: Is shaving the beard haram? Salaam.
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Is shaving the beard haram? Salaam.
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Ibn 'Umar related that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "Differ from the polytheists: let your beards (grow), and shave your moustache."
Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
It is indeed a preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and his direct command to the believers to grow a beard. To declare that something is haraam or halaal is the right of only Allah and His Messenger (saws); and no where has it been specifically mentioned in the Quran or Sunnah that to shave a beard is haraam in Islam. The most one can say about a believer not sporting a full beard is that he missed a good opportunity to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and thus earn himself a reward from Allah Subhanah.
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