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I am a young Muslim studying in Britain. The current political situation in the west for Muslims is not very pleasant. These days I am looking for a job and experiencing a negative response from most of the places. My parents who are insisting me to stay with them in Britain thinks the reason behind my rejections and refusals by employers is because of my beard.

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I am a young Muslim studying in Britain. The current political situation in the west for Muslims is not very pleasant. These days I am looking for a job and experiencing a negative response from most of the places. My parents who are insisting me to stay with them in Britain thinks the reason behind my rejections and refusals by employers is because of my beard. I am very confused because these days in west any person with a beard is assumed an extremist and has to face very hostile attitude by people. I felt the same at times even at my university and among my class fellows. It is happening more after the recent explosions in UK.


Here I would like to add one more thing that I m not a very practising Muslim and tries my best to offer salah. The only reason I have my beard is because I feel like this is the only good deed I have to present Allah subhanautAllah at the day of judgement and I believe that he will forgive me because of it.


Now please advise me, should I shave my beard so that I can get adjust and settle down better and put myself in a better position to serve Islam, or should I keep my beard and leave it on Allah and try to struggle and settle down under these difficult conditions in which case I am not very hopeful about my future.


Thanks & kind regards 

 

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Remove beard in UK

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.780 Narrated by Nafi

Ibn Umar said that The Prophet (saws) said, "Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards and cut the moustaches short."

 

Your Question: Now please advise me, should I shave my beard so that I can get adjust and settle down better and put myself in a better position to serve Islam, or should I keep my beard and leave it on Allah and try to struggle and settle down under these difficult conditions in which case I am not very hopeful about my future.

Dear and beloved brother in Islam, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers to allow their beards to grow.thus no one in creation has the authority or right to change, alter, or amend the Command and Guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 36:

It does not behove a believing man and a believing woman that when Allah and His Messenger have given their decision in a matter, they should exercise an option in that matter of theirs. For whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed strayed into manifest error.

 

If one has adorned oneself with a beard with the intention to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and accepts and faces its consequences (if any) only for the sake of Allah, he will have his due reward from his Lord Most Gracious in the Hereafter.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 286:

286 On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear.

 

If one so feels that the consequences of adorning ones beard is a burden more than he can bear, and if one genuinely believes that removing his beard will lighten his burden and he can fulfill his prescribed responsibilities in a better manner, or if one sincerely and genuinely believes that on the Day of Judgment he will be able to present this excuse in his defense in the Just and Supreme Presence of the All-Knowing All-Wise Lord, and the Lord Most Just will accept his excuse.then he is well within his rights to take his chance.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

 

Burhan

 

 


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