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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Why We Muslim Men Grow our Breads

Muslim men don't wear the beards due to some new fashion trend, rather it's a Religious obligation which is from the natural disposition of a man which Allah the Legislator has commanded by stating "Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) is only responsible for the duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allâh’s Message) and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger’s duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way)." He (Exalted be He) also says, He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), has indeed obeyed Allâh, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) as a watcher over them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "My entire Ummah (nation) will enter Jannah (Paradise) except those who refuse." It is said, "O Messenger of Allah, who would refuse?" He said, "Whoever obeys me will enter Jannah, and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses." Related by Imam Al-Bukhari in his Sahih Book of Hadith.

 With Him is a lofty standard of character. So What did the Prophet Muhammad (May the prayers and peace be upon him) say?

 The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Cut short the moustache and lengthen the beard."
(Bukhari and Muslim)
 Abu Huraira radiyallahu anhu quotes the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam as saying, "Shorten the moustache and lengthen the beard."
  Ibn Umar radiyallahu anhu quotes the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam as saying, "Grow (lengthen) the beard."

 Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has made the figure of the human being very well and pleasing.  As He said,

We have certainly created the human being in the best of moulds.” [Sooratut-Teen 95:4] [1]

It is proven that man’s figure is very well and pleasing.  And Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has created humans in pairs, for external distinction in both (i.e. male and female).  He made the man having a beard, with which beauty and dignity augments.  Such that, it is a crown of a man’s face.  Hence, it is generally observed that for each and every madhhab (mode of life, religion, ideology, etc.), be it Muslim or non-Muslim, the chieftain is bearded.  Such that, man naturally considers the beard to be a source of honor.  [That is so] because this is a divide hue (frame: religion), in comparison to which, there is no other hue,

Our religion is the religion of Allaah.  And who can give a better religion than Allaah? And we are His worshippers.” [Sooratul-Baqarah 2:138]

So long as the mentality of the Muslims was secure from the hue of the polytheists, and the Jews and the Christians and their like, both, whether man or woman, considered the beard to be an adornment and beauty for the man.  Accordingly, Ibn Batootah in his travelogue entitled, Tuhfatun-Nazaar fee ’Ajaa‘ibil-Asfaar (1/17) records an occurrence which goes as follows:  Shaykh Jamaalud-Deen Saawee was a very handsome person.  Hence, one woman was infatuated with him, and through some type of pretense, called in to her house.  After entering she had the doors closed. Then she called the Shaykh towards her for evil (fornication).  The Shaykh tried his best to escape.  However, when he did not find any means of escape, he first decided to go to the toilet and after entering, he took a blade and shaved his beard with it.  When he came out, the woman found his face to be so hideous that she was disgusted with him.  Thus he came out safe and secure, escaping evil.

Dear readers, consider this: When the mind was pure, the divine shape was liked by everyone.  When the mind became impure, the good appearance appeared bad and the bad appearance appeared good.  In fact, this is a mischief of shaytaan who dared to speak before Allaah the Mighty and Majestic and said,

I will surely take from among Your servants a specific portion.  And I will mislead them, and I will arouse in them [sinful] desires, and I will command them so they will slit the ears of cattle, and I will command them so they will change the creation of Allaah.” [Sooratun-Nisaa‘ 4:118-119]

Meaning, the ways and means of leading astray that he directed Allaah’s servants to.  Among them was that he would instruct them that they should change Allaah’s form of creation. And the Divine Commandment goes as follows,

So direct your face towards the religion, haneef (upright on the truth). Adhere to the fitrah [2] of Allaah, upon which He has created the people.  No change should there be in the creation of Allaah.  That is the straight religion, but most of the people do not know.” [Sooratur-Room 30:30]

It is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, Oppose the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or worship): trim closely the mustaches and let the beards grow. Related by Imam Al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim in their Sahih (authentic)

Growing the beard is a religious duty and an obligation. to cut it is a major sin in Islam.

growing the beards, trimming the mustaches, avoiding Isbal (lengthening and trailing clothing below the ankles) and everything told to us by the Messenger of Allah out of obedience to orders and refraining from prohibitions. This is the way to Jannah (Paradise) and happiness. Allah (Glorified be He) says, These are the limits (set by) Allâh (or ordainments as regards laws of inheritance), and whosoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) will be admitted to Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise), to abide therein, and that will be the great success. And whosoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and transgresses His limits, He will cast him into the Fire, to abide therein; and he shall have a disgraceful torment. He (Glorified be He) also says, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "O mankind! Verily, I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allâh - to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). It is He Who gives life and causes death. So believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), the Prophet who can neither read nor write (i.e. Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), who believes in Allâh and His Words [(this Qur’ân), the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and also Allâh’s Word: "Be!" - and he was, i.e. ‘Isâ (Jesus) son of Maryam (Mary), عليهما السلام], and follow him so that you may be guided."
                  Read more on this Issue at troid.ca    http://www.troid.ca/index.php/ibaadah/knowledge/actions-of-the-messenger/545-the-position-of-the-beard-in-islaam

Guidance, safety, and success lie in following the Prophet (peace be upon him), obeying his orders and refraining from his prohibitions. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to mankind): "If you (really) love Allâh then follow me (i.e. accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur’ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you your sins. Those who love Allah and His Messenger should follow him (peace be upon him), as following him and adhering to his teachings is the only way to gain Allah's love and forgiveness, enter Jannah and be saved from Hellfire.

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