Shaving beard, trousers below ankle
Fatwa No: 81978

  • Fatwa Date:29-7-2001 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 9, 1422
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Question

What is the ruling concerning shaving of beard and wearing trousers hanging below the ankle?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

 

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) ordered the Muslims to let their beards grow freely and to trim their moustache as he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Be different from the non-Muslims, let your beards grow and trim your moustache".

When the delegation of the king of Persia came to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) they had their beards shaved and their moustache grown, thereupon the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) denied this and asked them: ''Who ordered you to do this? They replied: ‘‘Our lord (meaning their king) ordered us’’. Then the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "But my Lord (Allaah) ordered me to let the beard grow and to trim the moustache". 

Therefore, shaving the beard is prohibited with the exception of trimming what is beyond a fist’s length because it is reported that Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him trimmed what exceeded a fist’s length from his beard  after coming out of the state of Ihraam.  

  1. As regards wearing trousers below the ankle, it is of two kinds: Wearing them out of pride; this is prohibited for two reasons. A- It is a form of conceit. B- It is below the ankles. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "On the Day of Judgment, Allaah will not look at a person who trails his garment out of conceit." [Al-Bukhari & Muslim] 
  2. Wearing them without conceit. This is also prohibited as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: ''The part of the body below the ankle that is covered with a garment is in Hell" [Al-Bukhari).

Allaah Knows best.

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