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Would you like to guide me regarding the length of keeping beard, and is it allowed to keep beard of little length or of fashion style?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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It is not obligatory for a Muslim to keep a beard, but it is a sunnah, as prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was having beard.

Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is)." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[Volume 7, Book 72, Number 781] .

There is no specific size, length, or shape specified in the Sunnah regarding the beard...the simple and direct command of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to believing males was: 'let your beards grow'.

Some scholars take the command literally and declare that the beard be allowed to grow naturally as long as it grows; while others are of the opinion that it should be at least one fistful in length, while others say that any size is acceptable. Thus in our humble opinion, if one lets one's beard grow to its full natural length it would be closest to the Sunnah and Command of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), and if one grows a fistful or less than that, provided his intention is to sport a beard because it is the Sunnah of the Noble Prophet (pbuh), he will have his due reward for his obedience.

Some Muslims follow the fashion of some Hollywood star or a bollywood star or anybody else whom they love, this following anybody other than prophet Mohammad (pbuh) shows that they have weakness in their faith & love for Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). As a Muslim, The Prophet (saws) should be our role model in every respect & through all walks of life as Allah says in the Holy Quran :

"There is indeed the best model for you in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remember Allah much". Quran[33:21].

Thus a believer should always abstain from following anyone other than prophet Mohammad (pbuh) so that he may prosper in this world & here after. And Allah knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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