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Just wondering, what does it mean to keep your moustache short ? Does it mean that the hair must not cover the lip or does it mean that the sides must not be longer than the top lip half ?
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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.21c
Ibn 'Umar related that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Differ from the polytheists: let your beards (grow) and trim your moustache."
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.
Sahih Muslim Hadith 501 Narrated by
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘Trim closely the moustache, and let grow your beards, and thus act against the fire-worshippers.’
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "He who does not take something off his moustache is not one of us."
Your Question: Does it mean that the hair must not cover the lip or does it mean that the sides must not be longer than the top lip half ?
Al-Muwatta Hadith 49.4
Yahya said that he had heard Malik say, "One takes from the moustache until the edge of the lip appears, that is the rim. One does not cut if off completely so that one mutilates oneself."
The practice of the noble companions of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was to cut or trim the moustache short enough for the whiteness of their skin above the upper lip to appear. The majority of the jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the hair from the moustache should be short enough so that any part of the upper lip is not covered by it.
There is absolutely no harm or restriction if one wishes to trim the sides according to the size of one’s moustache, or leave them slightly longer; this is left to one’s personal preference.
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